Our look at 2019 Players to Watch in the LA-area junior class moves to the midfield and features a couple of players who played complementary roles for their teams as sophomores but are poised for bigger things.

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

, Thousand Oaks

Ditto played both midfield and attack last season alongside senior stars and — and, later in the season, and — but he made enough of an impact to earn second-team All-Marmonte League recognition. With all but Berg graduated, Ditto will play a larger role for the Lancers.

, Palos Verdes

A utility midfielder as a sophomore, Jellison played both offensive and defensive middie for the Sea Kings, earning second-team All-Bay League honors. With first-team all-league selections and graduated, Jellison is well positioned to make up for their absence.

, Palos Verdes

Swan bounced between attack and midfield last season, fitting in wherever the Sea Kings’ rotation needed him. Coach said that versatility makes him a perfect fit in the PV offense. It doesn’t hurt that Swan has grown to 6-foot-4 and can move, making him a challenging defensive matchup.

Also Worth Watching

Players listed alphabetically.

  • Ayden Garland, Notre Dame
  • , Loyola
  • Payton Gourley, Grace Brethren: Entering his third season of playing lacrosse. “He led our team last year with 25 goals and 20 assists while also starring as our top SSDM. He is coming off a great summer of elite club ball and a state football championship (starting DB). His athleticism is second to none, and he is bound to take the next step into becoming an elite level lacrosse player.” – Coach
  • , Westlake: Appeared in only six games last season, but scored 12 goals and had 3 assists.
  • , Chaminade
  • Zach Shadorf, Calabasas
  • Zach Van Bennekum, West Ranch.


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