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July 14, 2017 — Your national scoring champion

Novato, Calif., a town of about 50,000 about 25 miles due north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is known for being the home of video game companies Broderbund and Take Two Interactive. And, as it turns out, it’s also the home of a girls’ lacrosse team which has put up video-game like numbers over the last three years.

Novato (Calif.) has won the last three California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section championships, posting a combined record of 71-4. During the 2017 season, the Hornets scored 19 or more goals in a game an astonishing 18 times.

Charlie Rudy, a junior attacker, has been in the midst of this run of success. She has scored more than 300 goals in her scholastic career, including 160 this past season, the second-highest known single-season total of all time. Rudy, who is headed to Coloradi in the fall of 2018, is your national scoring champion for 2017,

“I had no idea how large the number was until we compared it with those of other schools,” Rudy says. “When I found out, it was super-cool.”

Rudy’s outstanding numbers are not the only byproduct of Novato’s excellence. Teammate Allie Level, the team’s Berkeley-bound center, won more than her share of draws for the Hornets, and had 69 assists on the year. The team’s defense has also improved from having to mark the high-powered fast-break offense every day in practice.

“I have never coached anyone like, and seen very few like her,” says Novato head caoch Rory Daly of her star attacker. “What truly sets her apart is her drive and her confidence.”

Novato’s varsity players have a particular set of unique circumstances that allow them to develop together. Youth players in the town are exposed to the sport as early as second grade, as was the case of Rudy. Too, the middle-school competition is not spread out over several schools, but are unified in one middle-school club team that plays similar teams from other towns, even though there are two high schools that serve the city: Novato San Marin (Calif.) is the other.

“I think what’s made us really good is that we’ve been able to stay together for many years,” Rudy says. “We’re also really good friends in school and off the field.”

Rudy’s total joins a number of top performances from the recent past:

2017: Charlie Rudy, Novato (Calif.), 160
2016: Bridget Ruskey, Cape May Courthouse Middle Township (N.J.), 135
2015: Sophia Turchetta, Harvard Bromfield (Mass.), 158
2014: Sophia Turchetta, Harvard Bromfield (Mass.), 170
2013: Daniela McMahon, Saddle River Country Day School (N.J.), 143
2012: Emma Lazaroff, Lafayette Centaurus (Colo.), 143
2011: Alex Moore, Allentown (N.J.), 148
2010: Autumn MacMillin, Tecumseh (Mich.), 157
2009: Katie Ferris, Carthage (N.Y.), 138
2008: Courtney Miller, Chappaqua Horace Greeley (N.Y.) 125
2007: Mallori Selliger, Clarkstown (N.Y.) North, 88
2006: Shannon Smith, West Babylon (N.Y.) 129

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