Boys Lacrosse Preview: Huntington Beach

After missing the playoffs last season and going 2-6 in the Sunset League, Huntington Beach looks to get its program back on track and to prove it is amongst the Sunset League elite.

Coach: Ryan Kelaher (second season)

2016 season: 8-9, 2-6 in the Sunset League (tied for fourth place).

Players That Return With Honors

Ricky Masters (all-league first team, senior, defense), Grady Mercier (all-league first team, junior, goalie), Ayden Colbert, (all-league second team, senior, midfield), Jeremy Anderson (all-league second team, senior, long stick midfielder), Sean Dzmura (all-league honorable mention, senior, midfield).

Schedule Highlights

March 1 @ El Dorado (season opener), 7 p.m. (away), March 17 vs. Newport Harbor (league opener), 7 p.m. (home), March 29 @ Los Alamitos, 6:30 p.m. (away), April 4 @ Marina (Oil vs. Water), 4 p.m. (away), April 6 vs. Edison, 6 p.m. (home), April 28 @ Mater Dei (season finale), 7 p.m. (away).

What You Should Know

Nearly half of the Oilers’ losses were by one goal last season. With a strong returning cast and a full year to acclimate to Coach Kelaher’s system, the Oilers hope to turn those close losses into W’s this season.

Don’t be surprised if Mason Corkett, Timmy Benson, and  Brandon Womble have breakout seasons.

After Huntington Beach plays its first two games of the season on the road, its home opener is March 7 against El Toro at 6 p.m. Huntington Beach’s first league game is a home game against reigning league champion Newport Harbor on March 17 at 7 p.m.

The Oilers will face some tough out of town competition in 2017.  In addition to playing Del Norte (San Diego), the Oiler will travel to Colorado to play Air Academy and Denver East. “I have arranged for my team to tour both the Air Force Academy and the University of Denver as the coaching staff looks to give our players a taste of the next level both athletically and academically,” Kelaher said last fall.

 

Teran Rodriguez
Teran Rodriguez has been a member of the MaxLax family for three years (going on four).