We begin our look at juniors in our 2019 LA Players to Watch series with attackman, featuring three players who made their presence known as freshmen, then broke out in a big way as sophomores.
Here is a look at some of the top junior attacks in the LA area, compiled from 2018 all-area and all-league lists, nominations from coaches and the past few seasons of paying close attention to area lacrosse:
Alex Horowitz, Loyola
In his first season at Loyola, Horowitz was the only freshman to earn a spot on the varsity. Last year, he broke out with 37 goals and 59 points, both second on the team, as the Cubs won their third consecutive section title. Horowitz was named second-team All-Mission League.
Douglas McCarthy, Agoura
An honorable-mention All-Marmonte League pick as a freshman, McCarthy made an even bigger impact for the Chargers in his second season, scoring 101 points (52g, 49a) and earning first-team all-league and second-team All-Area honors as Agoura reached the LA Championship semifinals for the second season in a row.
Nico Rabushka, Chaminade
After playing goalie for much of the season as a freshman, the speedy Rabushka moved back to his natural position at attack and had a break-out season for the Eagles, earning second-team all-Mission League honors. “Nico got even faster and stronger; he will be very difficult to cover.” — Coach Steve Lane.
Also Worth Watching
Players listed alphabetically.
- Bob Boone, Notre Dame
- Tadashi Butler, Notre Dame
- Alessandro Caso, Palisades
- Luc Charbonnier, Palos Verdes: Second-team all-Bay League.
- Nino Leone, Chaminade: “Nino is now about 6-foot-2, has developed multiple areas of his game and is playing with a big chip on his shoulder.” – Coach Steve Lane.
- Scott Melton, El Segundo: Second-team All-Ocean League.
- Cade Rogers, Oaks Christian: Second-team All-Marmonte League.
- AJ Rosato, Peninsula: “A 6-foot-1 attackman with a cannon, Rosato started his freshman year, and with two years and a busy summer under his belt, he has made himself into threat both on and off ball.” – Coach Lane Jaffe.