1Seniors Lost to Graduation
The 2017 El Toro boys lacrosse team will have some holes to fill with the graduation losses of Chris Garcia (Midfield), Brandon Piovan (Defensive Midfield), Jake Rocker (Defense), Edward Eisenhauer (Midfield, pictured above), and Maesen Levitt (LSM).
2The Chargers are Deep With Talent and Experience
El Toro returns almost 20 seniors, including three returning captains, which should help to fill the holes left by loss of the class of 2016. With two consecutive Sea View League titles under their belts, this group of seniors knows how to win. The returning captains are: Tyler Collins (Defense/Midfield), Blake Young (Defense), and Jared Vlach (Attack).
3A New Head Coach Who Knows the System
Chris Nunziata will be taking over as head coach after two successful seasons under B Jay Parsons. Although new to the position, Nunziata knows the team and the system. He has been on the varsity staff as an assistant the past two seasons and is looking to continue the success of the program.
4New Season, New League
“We will now be competing in the South Coast League after winning the Sea View League the last two seasons,” Nunzatti explained by email. “We hope to have similar success in our new league but understand that each year presents a new set of challenges.”
“El Toro is a program that has not won a playoff game in quite some time and we have a lot of guys working hard in the same direction to change that,” Nunziata said. “Last year our season ended in heart breaking fashion losing in triple overtime to a well coached and talented Tesoro team. It is the program’s hope that our guys will use that heart break as motivation for the off-season. We know that once the season starts there is little we can do to get better, with that in mind, we will work hard in preparation for the upcoming season.”