Opening day of the high school lacrosse season is 10 days away. The MaxLaxLA preview moves on this week from players to watch to teams to watch. Based on a preseason coaches poll, we present the first five teams in our 2016 Preseason Top 20 Countdown.
MaxLaxLA invited 46 coaches and team representatives in the US Lacrosse LA/Ventura area to rank the Top 20 teams heading into the 2016 season. Voting anonymously online, 16 coaches and team reps took part. MaxLaxLA cast one ballot, for a total of 17 votes.
Today, we begin counting down the 2016 preseason Top 20, presenting teams No. 20 through No. 16.
Coach: Skyler Hopkins
Last season: 8-7 overall, 4-2 Gold Coast (second place).
2015 Playoffs: Lost to El Segundo in pre-first-round game.
Top returning players: Middie Isaiah Harrison, senior (first-team all-league); defender Elijah Roth, junior (first-team all-league); middie Max Kohl, senior; attack Daniel Harper, senior (second-leading scorer last season); middie Coltrane Marcus, senior (committed to Middlebury to play football).
19. West Ranch
Coach: Mike Borsos
Last season: 11-8 overall.
2015 Playoffs: Beat Sierra Canyon in pre-first-round; lost at Palos Verdes.
Top returning players: Middie Teo Domic, junior; attack Noah Gervasi, junior; attack Robert Willcox, junior.
18. El Segundo
Coach: Brooks Roscoe
Last season: 13-5 overall, 8-0 Ocean League (first place).
2015 Playoffs: Beat Brentwood in pre-first-round; lost at Peninsula.
Top returning players: Attack Cory Lund, junior (56 goals, 68 assists, league’s Offensive POY); middie Daniel Ball, junior (first-team All-Ocean); middie Rory Cochrane, junior (second-team All-Ocean); LSM Drew Bonnie, senior; defender Cayman Barber, junior (second-team All-Ocean).
Coach: Philip Keebler
Last season: 14-1 overall.
2015 Playoffs: None.
Top returning players: Attack Cole Brennan, senior (named Athlete of the Year in lacrosse by Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table; committed to D-III Haverford).
Coach: Mitch Kelln (first year; replaces Cutty Cuthbert)
Last season: 17-5 overall; 12-1 City League (won regular-season title; lost to Birmingham in City Section championship game).
2015 Playoffs: Beat Culver City in double-overtime in pre-first-round game; lost at Loyola.
Top returning players: Defender Cooper Lee, senior (committed to D-III Colorado College); attack Macchio Rissone, sophomore (68 goals; City Offensive POY).