For years now, a major achievement in a high school lacrosse player’s career has been earning a spot on the
Under Armour regional rosters; it is also an honor for these players to represent their hometown area. In recent years, the West team has begun to make great strides towards competing with the traditional hotbeds. Last year, the West team finished 4-0 in pool play, beating out traditional lacrosse power houses Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Long Island, as well as emerging hotbed Midwest. The West team eventually lost in the semi-finals to New Jersey.
This year, Under Armour has added a new element to it’s underclass event. UA has changed the event to feature two teams from each region, one featuring players from the classes of 2020 and 2019, the other bringing the older talent from the 2018 and 2017 classes. The younger squad will be called the Command team, the older is the Highlight team. Several players from Orange County will be representing the West, and MaxLax wanted to provide some background information on these impact players representing the next generation of the Western Lacrosse expansion.
Jason Garrett, 2019, St. Margaret’s
Jason Garrett quickly proved himself as a varsity level player. The rising sophomore climbed the depth chart to the position of man-down specialist and fourth close defender for the Tartans. In his first season as a Tartan he amassed 53 groundballs. The Tartan backline looks promising for the next several seasons, as Garrett will use his experienced to lead and anchor the defense. Garrett was an All-Star at the 3D Riptide Tournament in 2015. Garrett also plays football for St. Margaret’s. Holden Evans, 2019, Trabuco Hills
Holden Evans is the younger brother of Harrison Evans who was the first All American from Trabuco Hills and will play at Colorado Mesa. Holden looks to continue the Mustang’s rise to a top Orange County team. Known to be a hard worker, Holden has quickly made his importance known, starting at both attack and midfield as a freshman. His performance earned him Second Team All League, as well as All-Star status at Adrenaline’s recent High Rollers event. Holden amassed an impressive 31 goals, 13 assists, and 39 groundballs. Kevin Groeninger, 2019, St. Margaret’s
A fast and tenacious attackman, Kevin Groeninger comes into the Under Armor tournament poised to make an impact. He started at both attack and midfield for the Tartans. The rising sophomore amassed 27 goals, 34 assists, and 35 groundballs against a schedule the LaxPower.com ranked as the second most difficult in California. His knack for passing indicates his high understanding of the game, and his accolades as s soccer player bodes well for his athletic potential. Koa Todd, 2019, St. Margaret’s
As a freshman, Koa Todd shouldered the brunt of the defensive midfield responsibilities for the Tartans. Todd used the speed, size and tenacity learned in football to do so. However you shouldn’t sleep on his offensive abilities, as he garnered 5 goals, 10 assists, and 36 ground balls. Todd has earned several accolades, including an invite to Jake Reed’s Blue Chip Cam, and was named an All Star selection at the Adrenaline Shootout. Highlight Team
Quentin Buchman, 2018, Santa Margarita
Quentin Buchman has become one of the top Orange County lacrosse products in recent memory. The Bryant commit’s electric play style is only seconded by his work ethic and commitment to becoming the best player he can; something indicated by his teammates when they elected him Captain only as a sophomore. He stuck 67 goals and dished out 23 assists, earning him Trinity League Offensive MVP, 1Team All County, and First Team All League. Quentin is a member of the So Cal Express club team. Ellis Geis, 2018, Foothill
Following in the tradition of imposing Foothill attackman headed to Denver University set by Nate Marano, Ellis Geis will provide a valuable weapon for the Under Armour West team. Starting since his freshman year he has generated two 40+ point seasons. This past season he scored 33 goals, 14 assists, and recovered 25 ground balls while playing against a schedule that LaxPower.com ranked as the fifth most challenging in California. Brennan Greenwald, 2017, Corona Del Mar
Corona Del Mar is known for it’s team-oriented style, so it makes sense that they would send two reliable defenseman to the Under Armour games. Breenan Greenwald is currently uncommitted, but has been a varsity starter since his freshman year. This past season he earned 2nd Team All County and an Orange County championship. Jordan Pakzad, 2017, Corona Del Mar
The second of the two Sea-King defensemen, Jordan Pakzad will be playing down close for the West Team. The St. Joseph’s commit earned 2nd Team All County this year as a major contributor to CdM’s championship run.