Fall Check-In: No Cleats Until Spring For El Segundo

Coming off a 13-5 season that featured a perfect 8-0 mark in the Ocean League and a playoff win over Brentwood, the El Segundo Eagles are taking a unique approach to fall ball, coach Brooks Roscoe said.

The program involves practicing exclusively in the town’s roller rink, with the focus on stickwork, shooting and setting and defending picks.

El Segundo box practice
Standout middies Daniel Ball, Rory Cochrane and Sebastian Mills working a corner.

“We’re using the box exclusively, 3-4 times a week,” Roscoe said. “In our scrimmages, there’s no shooting until a pick has been set. Double points for pick-and-roll goals. Triple points for off-ball picks that score. It gets the message through how we want to play.”

Top returners
Notable returners are junior middies Daniel Ball, an All-Ocean selection, Rory Cochrane and Sebastian Mills, as well as second-team All-Ocean defenseman Cayman Barber and league Offensive Player of the Year, attackman Cory Lund.

Key newcomers
The varsity program, having graduated Ocean League MVP Nolan Roles and first-team goalie Jake Barrone looks to add a crop of freshmen who have come up through a long-established cross-training program between Eagles Lacrosse and LA Jr. Kings hockey. Known as the “Lefty Legion,” Hudson Roles, Jacob Brockman, Lukas Roscoe and Noah Longshore will add a balance of attack in the years to come.