Girls Lacrosse: Glenbrook South’s CC Hoogland thrives on handing out assists5/25/11 Glenview Glenbrook South's CC Hoogland (17) tries to work around Loyola's Molly O'Brien (32) during their lacrosse supersectional match on Wednesday, May 25th. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 17, 2012 7:04PM
She’s fast, she dishes out assists, she scores, and she eats peanut butter on rice cakes before every game.
Glenbrook South senior CC Hoogland admits that she gets excited when she can make a good pass that results in a goal by one of her lacrosse teammates.
“I think I enjoy getting assists more than I like scoring goals. When our plays work, that’s the best feeling in the world,” said Hoogland after leading the Titans to a 16-14 victory over host Oak Park-River Forest April 12. “We work so hard in practice on these plays, and when it clicks it feels so good.”
The teams traded goals in a game that featured eight ties and nine lead changes before Glenbrook’s Noreen Andersen fired a shot into the net with 5:20 left to give the freshman her second goal of the game and stake the Titans to a 15-14 advantage. Senior Jackie Leibrandt then fed Hoogland (6 goals, 3 assists) with a perfect pass, and she scored an important insurance goal at 3:25, while the defense fended off any notions the Huskies might have had for a comeback..
“The play that gave us the two-goal lead with Jackie (Leibrandt) and me was very satisfying. We had been working on it in practice but hadn’t used it in a game, yet. Jackie drove, kicked it off to me and it worked just perfectly,” Hoogland said. “After that we had the momentum and just kept it going. I think it was a very clutch goal that probably turned the game around because it allowed us play defense and wind down the clock.”
Hoogland also said she loves it when the Titans play well on the defensive end.
“I think this team plays awesome on defense, especially tonight (vs. Oak Park),” she said. “Our goalie Autumn Koh (9 saves) had some of the best saves I’ve ever seen, and that got me more pumped up than when we scored because when she saved some of those shots it was just like everything was just falling into place for us at that moment.”
Offensively, Hoogland is tough to stop once she gets going.
“I just try to always be on the move, trying to make things happen,” she said. “I’m really trying to work on my midfield defense because I’ve been getting a lot of fouls so I need to improve on that and try to win the ball back before it goes to defense.”
Hoogland said she has been played lacrosse since sixth grade, and it all started because of her futility in another sport.
“I was a really terrible soccer player, so I never really liked it and so after I realized I didn’t love soccer I decided I needed another sport and my older brother played lacrosse. I just wanted to play, and I loved it. As soon as I got to (Glenbrook) South and saw the coaching and the girls I knew then I was hooked.”
Hoogland admits her pre-game meal is somewhat unusual.
“It’s kind of gross I guess, but I love it,” she said.
Glenbrook South coach Annie Lesch said that the Titans (5-2) played smart lacrosse in the final minutes against Oak Park (4-3).
“The smartest play by us came at the end of the game – when to go, when not to force the free position, and when to settle the ball and just wait for the opportunity to score,” she said. “The team really did well with draw control, too. Taking control of that and continually changing up how we would play it really helped as well.”
Sophomore Caroline Nowak chipped in four goals, while Andersen added two for the Titans.