Some big ballers showed up in Delmar Saturday for the Nike West Team tryouts. Saw some familiar faces out there and saw plenty of new talent getting up and down the field
Coaching fire power was legit. For those of you who are new to the SoCal lacrosse scene there are plenty of club options out there and usually the coaches who win with their high school programs tend to be excellent club coaches.
Ran into Jesse Foss who was coaching it up. He is currently the head coach of Concordia University’ MCLA D1 team where he is building a powerful program. As a high school coach how’d he do? 7 CIF championships at La Costa Canyon in his time coaching there. Legit. Winning 1 championship is tough, winning 7 is very very rare, wouldn’t be surprised to see Concordia win a title in the next 2-3 years, that program is on the rise.
Also on hand was new head coach at Santa Fe Christian Dan Carson. He came from the college ranks spending time coaching at Air Force, Princeton and Grove City. He is the real deal, took all of 5 min watching him coach to ask where’s this guy from?
As far as players these are my observations watching three fields, for four hours, it is in no way an opinion on who should or should not make it. One familiar face in the 2022 group was Luke Lemus of San Clemente High School, the tough lefty attack scored a few goals and it looks like he took advantage of Covid down time to work on skills. He looked a little quicker for sure and has no problem taking checks.
Riley Chester of St. Margaret’s, another 2022, also impressed. He is much more physically mature than a year ago and the former SSDM is now more of a two-way or offensive middie. He was good all day.
Lucas Newton, an attack out of Corona Del Mar is legit. the big boy can move and really looks the part, very impressive on 1 vs 1 and even more so unsettled. The junior has really good hands for the junior. CDM coach GW Mix and his Sea Kings have some nice offensive players. I did not see Logan Ip from CDM here but he’s very talented as well.
Jack Shoemaker matched up against Newton at close D for a half and did a good job. The rapidly improving defenseman attends Loyola High School.
Under the category of I-may-have-missed-him-but-not-sure how is Griffin Grant. He’s from Torrey Pines and when Nike games come, he’s going to be a factor no doubt, saw his name but didn’t see him play. Very talented and hard-working attackman.
Cole Pollard a lefty attack from Tesoro High School scored a few times in the afternoon session and shot the ball well.
Will Stahl of St Margaret’s impressed in the first game in afternoon, blowing by defenders. He moves well for a 6’4’ middie.
LSM Brett Koopman of Santa Fe Christian High School had a productive day. Several caused turnovers and he’s very good on ground balls. I’d expect him to have a big year during the high school season.
Tristan Jewell of Mater Dei had nice split dodge working much of the day. Got his hands free and not afraid to shoot. Physically mature for a 2023, solid day.
Matt Mannarino of Torrey Pines High School was a very impressive 2025. Scored plenty and moved the ball very well to others, understands how offense works and has a high IQ for a 2024. Very good day for Matt.
Lefty attack Nick Marvin for the Bishops School got topside plenty and stuck his shots. Very polished for a 2024. He had a big day.
Beck Mahoney of Cathedral Catholic was impressive on D. Plenty of CTO’s and ground balls. Very active player.
LSM Kaiden Suh was also very active, this youngster runs great and attends Palos Verdes High School.
Very well-run day, very impressive coaching and the effort was great by the players. Nike squads representing the west should do well!