JSerra boys lacrosse enters 2017 with its third coach in as many years. Former Rutgers and MLL Boston Cannons player Brendan Porter will lead the Lions in 2017. A self-described “loving dictator,” Porter is looking to bring in a new offensive strategy while changing the culture of his young club that finished seven games under .500 in 2016, the Lions’ first losing season since 2006.
Coach: Brendan Porter (first season).
2016 season: 6-13 overall, 3-4 in the Trinity League (second place).
Schedule Highlights: March 1 vs. Aliso Niguel (season opener); March 8 at Marina; March 15 at Long Beach Poly; March 22 vs. Tesoro; March 28 at Mater Dei (conference opener); March 30 vs. Servite; April 8 at Santa Margarita; April 11 vs. Oaks Christian; April 18 vs. Yorba Linda; April 20 at Trabuco Hills; April 24 vs. Segerstrom; April 27 vs. Santa Margarita (regular season finale).
Players to Watch: Hunter Neal (attack, senior); Blake Reid (attack, sophomore); Josh Tackaberry (midfield, junior); Joe Miraglia (midfielder, junior); Parker Bledsoe (midfielder, junior); Lance Brack (defense, sophomore); and Zac Clark (goalkeeper, sophomore).
Coach’s Outlook: “We’re a very, very young team,” Porter said. “Our focus is on, ‘How do we build around those guys?’ My take is, let’s put those guys in smaller roles to build around the guys that we have … my job is to never fall into the hype of, ‘OK, we’re really, really good,’ which we will be, or fall into the hype of, ‘We’re not there yet,” which is where we’re at right now. I don’t need my players to learn how other teams do offense, but how we do offense.”