Two homegrown Cal State Fullerton Titans received high honors from the Southwest Lacrosse Conference earlier this week.
Alex Kowalski, SLC D2 Offensive Player of the Year.
After a stellar career at Huntington Beach High School, freshman Alex Kowalski came into the SLC D2 a conference full of offensive talent, and took the league by complete surprise. Alex averaged four goals per game and even more importantly was responsible for the stability of the potent CSUF offense. CSU-Fullerton Coach Mike Ansel credited Alex by saying, “He makes defenses move, when having a talented player like Alex on the field it makes my job as a coach much easier”. Kowalski looks forward to the incoming players for 2015 and 2016 to keep the high competitive atmosphere that has been instilled these last couple months.
Mike Ansel, SLC D2 Coach of the Year
In his first year as head coach, Mike Ansel led the Titans to a 12-2 overall record, good enough to end the season ranked 8th nationally. He believes in the ability of local talent and in addition to a strong on-field presence, Ansel has done everything in his power to recruit solid well rounded kids from Orange County and beyond to continue a high level of play for future seasons. Being director and head coach of Rip City Lacrosse, Ansel, who played at El Toro high school, has many ties to the SoCal lacrosse game and is very active at the highest levels of OC lacrosse.
Ansel credits his team’s succes to his coaching staff (Alex Elson of Chico State and Christian Wheeler of UCSB) and his team. “You can really only do so much as a coach, putting kids in the right spots is our job and the rest is up to them”
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–MaxLaxOC Staff Report