Five Things to Know About San Juan Hills Girls Lacrosse

When Michael Welter stepped up to be the head coach of the San Juan Hills girls lacrosse team before the 2015 season, the Stallions were on the endangered species list.  The team had won just two games in two seasons and was having difficulty keeping coaches.  Welter, who had never played lacrosse and was coaching JV at the time, accepted the varsity position and the team began one of the most impressive turnarounds in Southern California.

In his first season as varsity coach, Welter led the Stallions to a 10-9 record, the first winning record in program history.  The upward trend continued last season with Stallions making the playoffs and finishing the season with a 14-5 record.  With a strong core of returning players, San Juan Hills hopes to reach the playoffs again in 2017.  Coach Welter provided five things to know about the 2017 San Juan Hills Stallions.

  1. Experience will not be a problem for San Juan Hills in 2017.  The Stallions return 10 starters.
  2. Amongst those returning starters are five players who accounted for over 200 points last season. Junior Taylor Austin (36 goals, 10 assists), junior Bridget Cain (32 goals, 7 assists),  senior Elena Guillen (43 goals, 4 assists), senior Hannah Miller (48 goals, 14 assists), and Claire Welter (13 goals, 8 assists) are capable of putting up big numbers again 2017.
  3. The Stallions will miss the leadership of Journey Fischbeck.  Fischbeck scored 90 goals last year and earned Sea View League Player of the Year honors.  She is now playing NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Butler University.
  4. San Juan Hills moves from the Sea View League to the South Coast League in 2017.
  5. The schedule will be tougher in 2017.  The team’s goal according to Welter is to “be competitive in new uber-competitive South Coast League.” All told, the Stallions have 16 games scheduled and 11 of them are against playoff teams.

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