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EVOLUTION OF THE GOLDEN BEAR GIRLS' LACROSSE PROGRAM

In 1983, faculty member Pete Corey sponsored the creation of the UAHS Girls Lacrosse Team. At the time, only two local programs were fielding girls lacrosse teams: Worthington and CSG. From 1983-1986, UA alumnus, Dan Paoletti, served as coach. In 1987 Tom Stout, the former Jones boys' coach, was appointed to head the team. He lead the Golden Bears to a 3rd place finish in the Midwest Schoolgirl's Lacrosse Tournament in 1991. Shortly after, the MSLA grew from 16 teams to over 70 teams. This rapid growth precipitated the development of the Ohio Schoolgirl's Lacrosse Association, in which UA is a member. Since the creation of the OSLA, the Golden Bears have won 7 state championships.

In 1992, Wendy Pinta moved from JV to varsity coach, where she served 16 seasons as the head coach of the Golden Bears. During her tenure she amassed a 213-78-12 record leading the Bears to state championships in 2002, 2004, and 2005. UA was also nationally ranked in the top 25 by US Lacrosse Magazine and Lax Power polls the same years it garnered state titles. In 2009 Coach Pinta was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

UA's 2008 state championship was coached by one of Pinta's former players, Lynda McCandlish. Coach McCandlish made history by being the first person in Ohio to win a state titles as both a player and as a coach. Lynda McCandlish entered the 2008 season as head coach of the Golden Bears after a long, successful career as a player in Upper Arlington, helping lead UA to its first state championship in 2002.

In 2009, former Ohio Wesleyan head coach, Kim Rocheleau, took over the reins as head coach of the Upper Arlington Girl's Lacrosse program. During her tenure at UAHS, she led the Bears to 3 Regional titles and to three state championship title games. Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, they came up short of being crowned state champions each time ... .in 2011 losing in overtime to three-time state champions, the Medina Bees.

In 2012, Wendy Pinta came back to her long-held position, this time joining forces with lacrosse veteran Sue Stimmel, the 12-year head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The coaching duo led the Bears to their fifth state championship in 2013 by a decisive victory against Sycamore, winning 14 to 8. In 2015 they once more beat the Aviators 12-8 to clench their sixth state championship.

In both 2016 and 2017, the Golden Bears faced a previously undefeated Jackson Massilon team, beating the Polar Bears 9-6 and 15-6 to win their seventh and eighth titles respectively.
   

HONORS AND AWARDS

Since 1993, twenty-six UA players have earned All-American distinction, and many others have been honored with All-Ohio and All-League awards.

Currently six former Golden Bears play for college programs. The class of 2018 has two verbal commitments to Divison I programs.
    

2002 State Champs
2004 State Champs
2005 State Champs    
2008 State Champs
2015 State Champs
2016 State Champs
 
2017 State Champs
 
     
UPPER ARLINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL LACROSSE PROGRAM

In 1993, the Jones and Hastings programs were created by Wendy Pinta and Tom Stout. The first season at Jones was coached by Laura Montgomery and Gretchen Reithmiller (former UA players), and Hastings was coached by Beth Damonte and Lori Ronto (OSU graduates).

In 1995, Pinta and Laurie Johnson (former Wellington coach) organized the state-wide Ohio Middle School Girl's Lacrosse Association. The Jones and Hastings teams have seen their fair share of successes over the years.

In 2008, the Hastings team, coached by Pinta, captured their first undefeated season by beating Jones in the final game 14-13. In 2013, Caroline Chao led the Jones squad to a Middle School State Championship.

The UAHS coaching staff looks forward to helping these young players develop into scholar-athletes in the high school arena.

      
FORMER GOLDEN BEARS NOW PLAYING IN COLLEGE
Olivia Schildmeyer UVA
Sammy Brown Mercer
Meg Morgan San Diego State University
Blair Mignery Marian University
Megan Sengelmann University of Tampa
Lauren Wagner University of Indianapolis
McKenna Walquist Otterbein
UPPER ARLINGTON ALL-AMERICANS
Olivia Schildmeyer 2016
2017
  
UVA (2017 - present)
Molly Plasket 2015 1st Team
Stanford (2015-present)
Sam Farwick 2013 1st Team
Kennesaw State (2013-2017)
Syd Farwick 2013 1st Team
Kennesaw State (2013-2017)
2012 Honorable Mention
Sally Holbert 2012 Jacksonville (2012 - 2016)
Honorable Mention
Adriane Ghidotti 2011 1st Team
UConn (2011 - 2012)
OSU (2012 - 2015)
2010 Honorable Mention
Erin Williams 2011 1st Team (2010)
Princeton (2010 - 2014)
Kelly Mason 2009 1st Team
Colgate University (2009 - 2013)
2008 1st Team
Lindsay Godard 2008 1st Team
UPenn (2008 - 2012)
Nancy Baker 2008 Honorable Mention
Brown (2008 - 2012) Team Captain
Katie Fisher 2007 1st Team
Molly Everett 2007 Honorable Mention
University of Virginia (2007 - 2008)
Cal Berkley (2008)
Maggie Bremer 2006 1st Team
Northwestern (2006 - 2010) Team Captain
Laura Burke 2006 1st Team
OSU (2006 - 2010) Team Captain
2005 1st Team
Abbey Goodwin 2005 Honorable-Mention
Fairfield (2005 - 2009)
Jacquelyn Bradley 2005 1st Team
Maryland (2005 - 2006)
Kristin McCandlish 2005 1st Team
Northwestern (2005 - 2009)
2004 1st Team
Kirby Slager 2003 Honorable-Mention
Colby Szlag 2003 Honorable-Mention
OSU (2003 - 2005)
Lynda McCandlish 2002 1st Team
Northwestern (2002 - 2006)
2001 Honorable-Mention
Johanna Schisler 2000 Honorable-Mention
Maggie Bellows 1999 Honorable Mention
Stephanie Pratzner 1999 Honorable Mention
Denison (1999 - 2000)
Sarah Straka 1999 1st Team
James Madison (1999 - 2000)
1998 Honorable Mention
Courtney Webb 1998 1st Team
George Mason (1998 - 1999)
1997 Honorable Mention
Ashley Burkart 1994 Honorable Mention
1993 1st Team
UPPER ARLINGTON RECORD HOLDERS
CATEGORY PLAYER RECORD YEAR
Highest Shot Percentage Maggie Bremer 79% 2006
Goals in a Single Game Molly Plasket 9 2015
Goals in a Season Mary Nicole Scott 84 2016
Assists in a Season Molly Plasket 62 2015
Points in a Season Molly Plasket 128 2015
Career Points Kristin McCandlish 313 2005
Takeaways in a Season Maggie Bremer 48 2005
Saves in a Season Jodie Anderson 236 2004
Draw Controls Molly Plasket 252 2015
     
 
 
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