McLaren provided valuable leadership for Newport Harbor. The Sunset League co-Player of the Year helped the Sailors win the league title despite immense challenges from Los Alamitos and Edison, guarding center standouts like her future UCLA teammates Rachel Fattal and Alys Williams each time. McLaren, a first-team CIF Southern Section Division 1 selection for the second straight year, also led Newport with 72 goals.
McLaren also earned all-tournament team honors at both the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions and the SoCal Championships.
Newport Harbor Coach Bill Barnett talked during the season about this being his best team, as far as everyone embracing her role and meshing. McLaren definitely had more than one of those roles.
"She's a very good all-around player and an extremely hard worker," Barnett said. "I really think her forte is defense, but with her speed and her experience, she's also a very outstanding offensive player."