The list of young lacrosse players making an impact at the varsity level in the LA area gets longer every year, and this season we’ve even included five freshmen whose names were submitted by their coaches.
Last year, while we knew of a number of freshmen who would be seeing playing time, none of them were singled out by their coaches as players to watch. Of course, many of those freshman did contribute and now are players to watch as sophomores, including a trio of defenders at No. 9 Chaminade.
Below is a list of underclassmen to watch in 2018. It was compiled from 2017 all-league lists, offseason accolades, nominations from coaches and by paying close attention to area lacrosse over the past five seasons:
Cole Garvey, sophomore, Mira Costa
A second-team all-Bay League selection at close defense as a sophomore, Garvey also earned a spot on the Under Armour Underclass West roster last summer. “Cole is a dream to coach,” Mustangs coach Aaron Karsh said. “He has Division I ability and continues to get better every day.”
Ryan Cornelius, sophomore, Chaminade
Cornelius also played for the West team at the Under Armour Underclass tournament last summer. At Chaminade, the LSM teamed with fellow freshmen defenders Carson Holtke and Jake Cloutier on a defense that allowed 9.3 goals per game and helped the Eagles reach the playoffs.
Douglas McCarthy, sophomore, Agoura
In his varsity debut a year ago, McCarthy dodged from X and scored the game-winning goal in the last 30 seconds to beat Crespi. Later, he scored in overtime to beat Oaks Christian. Then he scored in the final minute to beat Oak Park in the second round of the playoffs. He was named second-team All-County by the Ventura County Star and was honorable mention All-Marmonte League.
Sophomores Worth Watching
Players listed alphabetically.
- David Baker, goalie, St. Francis: “Quick hands, great in the cage and outside of it. In my opinion, the best goalie in the Mission League this year,” Knights coach Jared Little said.
- Lucian Brody, midfield, Brentwood: All-Gold Coast League as a freshman.
- Luc Charbonnier, attack, Palos Verdes: Very skilled lefty, two-sport athlete in hockey/lacrosse, according to coach Jimmy Borell.
- Brandon Clark, defense, Palos Verdes: Borell: “Extremely smart and tough; 6-foot-1, 230 pound, two-sport football/lacrosse stud.”
- Cole Clinton, face-off, Palos Verdes: Borell: “Extremely quick and skilled face-off guy.”
- Jack French, defense, Harvard Westlake: Transfer from Viewpoint.
- Gideon Hyman, midfield, Harvard Westlake: Missed last season with a back injury.
- Carson Kuhl, midfield, Westlake: Second-team All-Marmonte League.
- Nino Leone, attack, Chaminade
- Nico Rabushka, attack/midfield, Chaminade: Played most of his freshman season in goal to fill a team need.
- Trevor Roberts, midfield, Chaminade
- Luke Smiley, defense, Thousand Oaks
- Birk Swan, attack, Palos Verdes: Borell: “Big, tall skilled attackman; younger brother of senior Hart Swan.”
- Spencer Wynn, face-off middie, Santa Monica
Freshmen Worth Watching
- Niklas Grube, D/LSM, Harvard Westlake
- Brody Listen, midfielder, Harvard Westlake
- Michael Nagy, attack, Palos Verdes: Freshman football offensive MVP; younger brother of 2017 All-American defenseman Matt Nagy.
- Brad Sharp, attack, Palos Verdes: Freshman football MVP, younger brother of two-time All-American defenseman and current starter for NCAA D-I Lafayette Shayne Sharp.
- Jack Sizemore, midfield, Mira Costa: “Jack will be a starting D-mid and is also very capable offensively. Jack as a freshmen is a beast in the weight room, and as he continues to develop on the field will be a powerhouse for years to come,” Coach Aaron Karsh said.