With a roster stocked with D1 prospects from Orange County, DH Lax cruised to an undefeated 7-0 record in the Warrior Long Island Classic held at Hofstra University that culminated with a 9-6 victory over the high-powered Long Island Express in the tournament championship game.
After DH dominated the competition in round robin play on Saturday, defeating their opponents from Long Island and Maryland by an average of 10+ goals, the team entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed. The team opened with a 9-4 win over the Kinnelon Colts Elite (NJ) in the first round, routed Team Central (Mass.) 16-5 in the quarterfinals, then trounced the Maryland Legacy 13-3 in the semis before matching up with the Long Island Express in the championship game in Hofstra’s stadium.
The DH team, coached by JSerra Catholic head coach Kyle Harrison, exhibited a high level of lacrosse all weekend, playing aggressive defense, unselfish offense and teamwork all around. Goalies Brad Nordstrom (Brophy Prep, AZ/Fairfield commit) and JSerra’s Jake Henigman were outstanding all weekend while the defense was led by JSerra’s Tucker Guyot (Jacksonville U commit), Chaz Dotson (Hofstra commit), Kennedy Solomon, Scott Barger and Ravi Dhouni (Santa Margarita). Unfortunately Guyot broke his wrist in the semifinal game after landing awkwardly following a big collision at midfield.
In the championship game, DH jumped out to a quick lead as attackman Peyton Garrett (San Clemente HS/High Point commit) scored on a rip from 15 yards out assisted by Jimmy Yanes (JSerra/Hofstra commit). JSerra midfielder Jake Schleppy followed with a goal before the Express scored to cut the score to 2-1. Garrett scored again on another outside shot on extra man assisted by Hayden Ruiz (Santa Margarita, Boston U commit) but LI answered quickly. Schleppy answered with a long range bouncer followed by Garrett’s third of the game, again assisted by Ruiz for a 5-2 lead. DH then piled it on, as Logan Olmstead (JSerra) and Yuta Murata (JSerra) scored for a 7-2 halftime margin. Yanes assisted Murata, who neatly fired left-handed into the upper deck past the LI keeper.
Schleppy completed his hat trick to go with Garrett’s to open the second half before LI scored twice to cut the score to 8-4 and getting the local crowd fired up. But Ruiz scored on a nifty assist by defenseman Dotson for a 9-4 lead and DH held on for the 9-6 final.
“This was one of the best wins for our [DH] squad,”, coach Kyle Harrison said. “I’m really looking forward to the fall and winter tournaments with this team.”
Marquette commit Owen Weselek (Torrey Pines) was huge for the DH team all weekend from the “faceoff X”, as his dominant performance allowed DH to control the ball and let their high-powered offense do best what they did all weekend long, which was putting the ball in the back of the net.
In the semifinal win over Maryland, Ruiz had three goals, Garrett and Yanes each had two while Brendan Lynch (JSerra/Hofstra commit) and Schleppy each had one. Hofstra recruits (and East Coast team additions) Tim Golden, Luke Gomez, Brandon Standard and Scott Wilden each also added one.
Scoring in the quarterfinal rout over Team Central: Garrett (3 goals, 1 assist); Ruiz (2g, 2a); Yanes (2g, 1a), Golden (3g); Weselak (2g); Olmstead (1g, 1a); Standard (1g); Murata (1g); Schleppy (1a).
Logan Olmsted, Jake Schleppy and Scott Barger were named to the All-Star team.
Injured attackman Mitch Kingsley (JSerra/Hofstra commit) also joined the team on the trip and provided sideline support for the team.
–MaxLaxOC.com staff report
Photo Courtesy DH Lax