In his first season as a head coach, Marina High School boys lacrosse coach Nick Dallas led the Vikings to three Sunset League wins, a program best. The rise of the Vikings makes the Sunset League one of the most competitive in the County.
Coach: Nick Dallas (second year)
2016 season: 9-9, 3-5 in the Sunset League (third place).
Players that return with honors
Noland Anderson (all league first team, senior, goalie), Brandon Villescas (all-league second team, midfield, goalie), Kevin Arent (all-league second team, senior, face-off specialist), Tyler Cox (all-league honorable mention, sophomore, attack).
Other Players to Watch
Scott Lux (junior, attack), Chase Payson (senior, defense, co-captain), Eric Rymer (senior, defense).
Feb. 25 vs. Mission Viejo (season opener), 3 p.m. (home), March 10 @ Corona Del Mar, 6 p.m. (away), March 22 @ Los Alamitos (league opener), 4 p.m. (away), April 4 vs. Huntington Beach (Oil vs. Water rivalry), 4 p.m. (home), April 14 @ Huntington Beach (Oil vs. Water part two), 4 p.m. (away).
What You Should Know
Marina proved they are ready for the rigors of the Sunset League schedule by defeating Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos last season.
15 seniors hope 2016 is the year that Marina makes it to the playoffs for the first time. According to Dallas, in order for the Vikings to make the playoffs or have a successful year, they need to have mentality, spirituality and physicality.
“We just need to take it one day at a time, hone our skills and stay persistent,” Dallas, who won the Sunset League’s coach of the year last year, said.
Dallas calls Ethan Campbell, Payson and Rymer his “1,2,3 combo.”
Arent, whose brother David was also a standout lacrosse player for Marina, led the Vikings in goals last year with 22 and assists with 19.
Dallas calls Kevin Van Nattan “a ground ball machine.”
Villescas, who has committed to Concordia University of Wisconsin, was second in goals last year with 21. Villescas was also an all-league second team pick.