ALAMEDA -- The Alameda Attack Lacrosse Club is big on the concept of community.

And for the Attack's high-school-level team, even in its first year of competition, it is a winning community.

The Attack, under the guidance of first-year coach Hannah Scott and assistant coach Beth Wise, compiled an 11-5 record in its inaugural season in the Northern California Junior Lacrosse Association.

That record earned the Attack a spot in the NCJLA championship in Napa on May 9. The team lost its first game 9-7 to Stockton but defeated Folsom 10-8 for a fifth-place finish.

"We finished on a good note," said Scott, adding that the Folsom game "was a good win and a learning experience; many of the girls hadn't played in a championship setting."

Many schools are represented. Five of the 17 Attack players attend St. Joseph Notre Dame High, three players attend Alameda High, three are at Encinal and two are from the Alameda Community Learning Center.

Two other Attack players are Alameda residents who attend the Julia Morgan School in Oakland; another is a resident at the Moraga Academy and one is at the Nea Community Learning Center in Alameda.

"It is a partnership between St. Joseph and the lacrosse club, so that girls can go to any high school and play on the club," Wise said. "We play on a varsity league, which traditionally means juniors and seniors. However, we have three sophomores; three eight-graders and the rest are freshmen.

"We're a very young team."

The Attack is Scott's first U.S. coaching job since she graduated from Alfred University in New York. She coached lacrosse in York, England, for seven months. When she is not coaching, she works as a behavioral therapist.

Wise played at Villanova and provides some experience in age-group programs.

The girls' side of the Attack was formed four years ago.

"It started off as a club program," Wise said. "It came from a bunch of girls who really wanted to play and they brought in their friends; as they've moved on, they've recruited others.

"When we started four years ago, we didn't have a plan. We do now."

The club fields seven age-group teams for both boys and girls from nine-and-under to high school. The high school squad is comprised entirely of girls.

The Attack earned a spot in the NCJOA championship tournament with a third-place finish in its division; the top four teams in each division qualified.

The Attack's attack is led by Phoebe Brand, a sophomore at Alameda High, who has been playing since the seventh grade. She scored 56 goals in the regular season.

"The skill level in this sport is very exact and you have to be able to move your body and coordinate with others on the field," she said. "It's such a team sport. I'd like to play in college if the opportunity presents itself."

A strong suit of the team is defense and that starts with the two goalies The Attack employs.

One is Encinal freshman Alexis Jimenez, who is in her second year of goalkeeping.

"I have an instinct for (the goalie) position", she said.

The other is Inna Broadbent, who is a sophomore at Moraga Academy.

There is a girls lacrosse program in the North Coast Section but, according to Scott, no high school on the Island has shown an interest in forming a program.

"I don't know if there is any momentum for one high school to do a stand-alone program," she said. "Most of these girls, except for the core of girls we've had for a couple of years, almost half are first-year players. So they're still learning."

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