Our 2016 boys lacrosse pre-season Top 20 countdown continues! As a reminder, these pre-season rankings were determined via a voting process that included various friends of MaxLaxOC with knowledge of lacrosse in the area. After the first full week of play, we will open the polls to everyone and let the fans determine the Top 20. The MaxLaxOC.com Top 20 has no bearing whatsoever on playoff seedings. The first US Lacrosse/coaches’ poll, which will factor into playoff seedings will be released the week of March 28.
2015 Record: 20-2 overall
Coaching Staff: Jon Fox, Michael Finley, Matt Goto, Eric Doyle, Paddy Chester, Eric Wren, Rick Forehan, Mike Upshaw
Key Player Losses: Starting defense and 4-year offensive starters: Matt Marano, Spencer Davis, Danny Carter, Julien Marchese, Austin Babb & Nate Marano
Key Player Returners: Nathan Skeen, Matt Harris (captain), Jared Copeland, Cole Falbo, Chris Reem, Kevin Kodzis (captain, Holy Cross), Ryan Blank (captain, St. John’s), Ellis Geis (Denver)
Notable Newcomers: Tanner Boston (Senior Defense), George Dalis (Junior Defense), Ryan Foy (Junior Attack)
Schedule Highlights: St Ignatius & De La Salle (the perennial North CIF champions), Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon & Poway (the SD champions), Brighton (Utah State Champions), Palos Verdes and Loyola (the top LA teams), all top 7 finishing OC teams from last season, and out of state match ups with Mt St Joe’s (Maryland) and Bergen Catholic (New Jersey).
On March 31st vs. Bergen Catholic a pre-game ceremony will be held to honor the passing of Hank Nunez who was a great friend to lacrosse in the county and the program at FHS.
“The Knights have chosen to play an extremely difficult schedule which includes all the heavy hitters in the state as well as 3 top teams from out of state. Win or lose, come May the team will be battle tested, playoff ready, and looking for it’s 7th CIF-SS State Title.
We have a lot of kids that come out everyday and work hard to make the program better! Many of these players don’t get their name in lights or aren’t headed off to big name colleges, but their efforts to win each day at practice makes all the difference. Some of our biggest wins come at practice in the inter-squad battles and class level competitions. For us getting to play other teams is just icing on the cake.”
The previous rankings can be found here: