Our list of junior defenders in our 2019 Players to Watch series is focused squarely on the Mission and Bay leagues, with four all-league caliber players and a couple who earned all-area honors as sophomores.

Here is a look at some of the top junior defenders 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:

Cole Garvey, Mira Costa

A two-year starter for the Mustangs, Garvey collected 92 ground balls and caused 31 turnovers last spring, earning Bay League Defensive POY and first-team All-Area honors. He was second-team All-Bay as a freshman and played for the West in the 2017 Under Armour Underclass tournament. He recently committed to Bryant.

Jake Cloutier, Chaminade

Cloutier collected 49 ground balls and caused 24 turnovers for a defense that allowed only 6.2 goals per game last spring. He was named second-team All-Mission league. “Jake is hungry, motivated and his discipline and game sense make him a nightmare for opposing teams,” Chaminade coach Steve Lane said.

Shane McAusland, Loyola

McAusland was a terror on Loyola’s championship defense, which held all but two opponents to single-digit scoring, causing 68 turnovers and collecting 42 ground balls. He earned first-team All-Mission and second-team All-Area honors. Following his freshman year, he earned a spot on the same Under Armour Underclass West roster as Garvey.

Also Worth Watching

Players listed alphabetically.

  • Brandon Clark, Palos Verdes: Second-team All-Bay League.
  • Ryan Cornelius, Chaminade: “Ryan took a major turn this last year with his confidence and is playing very well as a vocal leader, in transition and as a takeaway defensemen.” — Coach Steve Lane.
  • Carson Holtke, Chaminade: “Carson took his physical conditioning very seriously this year; his athleticism is catching up with his skill set, and he is going to be an issue for opposing attackmen.” — Coach Steve Lane.
  • Zach Rogers, West Ranch


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