MAXLAXOC.COM 2013 PRESEASON PREVIEW
As part of our countdown to the 2013 Boys Varsity lacrosse season in Orange County, we’ve assembled our rankings for teams 11-20, which will be followed each day by the release of our preseason Top 10. Here are teams 11-20:
11- Newport Harbor (10-9 record in 2012)
With 9 of the 10 starters graduating and the 10th starter transferring to St. Margarets, the Newport Harbor Sailors are looking for fresh faces to step into new positions and new responsibilities. Keep eyes out for seniors Riley Peterson, Ritter Hagadorn, and Brandon Rausch who will hold down the midfield while Brian Team and Kole Escher will anchor the attack. Coach Mark todd expects the defense to lead the team this year, backed by Tyler Palmquist at close defense and Christian Ruelas in the goal. Newport Harbor has one of the toughest schedules this season against several top 10 programs. Are they up for the challenge?
12- El Toro (9-9 record in 2012)
With 17 seniors and a new coach, the Chargers will need come together as a team early. A senior-heavy defense led by defenseman Pierce Najera and junior Brett Baldizon should keep them close in tight games. Seniors Jake Rojas and Jordan Core will anchor the midfield on both ends.
13- Esperanza (12-6 record in 2012)
Always athletic and improving every year, the Aztecs will look to seniors Blake Hobel (Colorado Mesa), Ryan Coffelt (Westminster) and Nick Vass (Cabrini) to lead them to another league title. New head Coach Deron Hansen will be at the helm.
14- Beckman (15-4 record in 2012)
With 17 juniors, Beckman will be young but talented and have a tough schedule early against Los Al, CdM, and Newport Harbor to name a few. Will the youngsters be up for the challenge?
15- Servite (7-10 record in 2012)
The Friars lost 17 players to graduation and have holes to fill all over the field. Look for senior Jack Turney and junior Nick Prado to run the attack , while junior Ian McClure shows promise as a marquee takeaway defenseman.
16- Laguna Hills (16-2 record in 2012)
The Hawks lost a ton last year to graduation, including their coach. Seniors Jono Lawson at defense and middie Brian Eckert will try to lead a young team back to the top. Will Laguna Hills play with a chip on it’s shoulder to avenge last year’s playoff snub?
17- Aliso Viejo (7-9 record in 2012)
The Wolverines have a talented senior class led by Mike Traub (MIT) at attack and Nate Smith (Whittier) on the offensive side while senior Derek Zimmer holds down the defense. Close defender/LSM Jordan Williams (Carthage) is an athletic defender who can be a threat at both ends of the field.
18- Dana Hills (9-9 record in 2012)
Under new coach Brian Dorry, the Dolphins are looking to be a big threat offensively led by senior midfielders Marc Hughes and Logan Warren. Look for seniors JP Ashton and Jake Hayward to put up points at attack.
19- Capo Valley (8-9 record in 2012)
The Cougars are always full of athletes and this year is no different. Sophomore Blake Berk is a young gun at attack while senior Crosley Smith will lead the middies.
20- Trabuco Hills (6-12 record in 2012)
With Coach Brandon Finnerty in his 3rd year at Trabuco, the Mustangs are looking to build off their young talent and earn some quality wins.
NOT RANKED (alphabetical order with last year’s record)
Chaparral (9-9), El Dorado (9-8), Irvine (1-15), Marina (7-9), Mater Dei (0-17), Mission Viejo (4-12), Northwood (7-4), Sage Hill (8-9), San Juan Hills (1-12), Temecula Valley (2-12), Tustin (0-13), University-Irvine (4-14-1), Woodbridge (6-10), Yorba Linda (9-8), Valencia (New)