Our look at players to watch in 2019 moves to the midfield, where there are so many seniors worth watching this season it was difficult to narrow it down.
The list includes a player who missed all of last season with a knee injury in Max Manyak of No. 6 Oak Park and a player who does a lot, not just a little bit, of everything for his squad in Owen Larson of No. 5 Chaminade. But we’re featuring three players whose accomplishments and accolades stand out.
Here is a look at some of the top senior 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:
Speed Fry, Loyola
In his first season as a full-time varsity player after returning to Loyola after a season at Palos Verdes, Fry scored 37 goals and helped the Cubs win their third consecutive US Lacrosse Southern Section championship. He earned first-team All-Mission League, first-team All-Area and US Lacrosse All-American honors.
Kyler Konjoyan, Village Christian
A scoring machine for the Crusaders, Konjoyan has amassed 274 points in three seasons, including 96 points (79g, 17a) last season, leading Village into the championship playoff bracket. He was named first-team All-Area and US Lacrosse Academic All-American last season, as well as earning his third consecutive team MVP award.
Logan Soelberg, Crespi
After leading the Celts with 79 points (62g, 17a) and 73 ground balls, Soelberg was named Mission League Player of the Year, first-team All-Area and US Lacrosse All-American. He has totaled 152 points (123g, 29a) in 40 varsity games for Crespi. After a stellar offseason, the longtime Maryland commit switched in December when the opportunity arose to play at Yale next year.
Also Worth Watching
Players listed alphabetically.
- Tyler Anderson, Saugus
- Max Cha, Peninsula: “Cha is a 6-foot-1 middie who can dodge downhill and shoot with both hands. He uses his large frame to free his hands and has ability to score from anywhere.” – Coach Lane Jaffe.
- Sultan Daniels, Harvard Westlake: Second-team All-Mission League.
- Asher Early, Harvard Westlake: Second-team All-Mission League.
- Jimmy Johnson, Notre Dame
- Owen Larson, Chaminade: Academic All-American; second-team All-Area. “Owen is a true two-way middie and without a doubt the leader of our team.” – Coach Steve Lane.
- Max Manyak, Oak Park: Committed to Notre Dame; 2019 team captain. “Max sat out all of 2018 with an ACL injury. He is fully recovered and no longer even needs a knee brace. Big, strong and fast, Max is dream to coach, very humble and eminently coachable. Another incredibly hard worker. He is a physical dodger with high-velocity shooting capability. A true two-way midfielder, he is also as good a defensive middie as we have ever had.” – Coach Tarik Ergin.
- Jack O’Rourke, Palisades
- Mike Spaeth, Oaks Christian: First-team All-Marmonte League. Signed with D-II Westminster.
- Luke Steinfeld, Brentwood: First-team All-Gold Coast League. “Luke is our team’s most skilled player who works his tail off, always leads by example, and has the potential to be the best lacrosse player coming out of LA in 2019.” – Coach Shawn Zordani.
- Keishi Tateda, Culver City: Second-team All-Ocean League.
- Jaxon Underhill, Calabasas
- Tyler Whitney, Agoura: Second-team All-Marmonte League.