Five rising seniors and two rising juniors from Orange County will get their opportunity to play against the best high school lacrosse players in the nation when they and their teammates from the West take the field at 12:30 pm (pacific time) today against Baltimore in the Under Armour All-American Underclassmen Tournament. These seven players hailing from four different high schools are the largest contingent ever to represent the OC in the tournament. MaxLaxOC.com is please to introduce the Orange County’s own Under Armour 7:
Hugh Crance is a result of what happens when you listen to your coach. Crance has played for the CDM/SurfDawgs system since he began playing, and has taken full advantage of the coaching and knowledge he has been given. Since those beginnings Hugh has been recognized greatly and garnered exceptional accomplishments. This past season he was named First Team All County, as well as First Team All American. Crance is committed to Notre Dame. He is a fundamentally perfect defenseman who does exactly what he is told to do, and he does it better than expected. Crance wasn’t exactly the most heralded player coming from middle school, and really burst onto the scene late in his sophomore season, and then became one of Orange County’s top defenseman. He will no doubt anchor a strong West Team defense.
If the Thompsons taught the lacrosse world anything, it’s that pairing brothers on a team creates instant chemistry. Ask CDM fans, and they’ll confirm thatthe Crance brothers anchor and lead a defense that has been consistently dominant since they have been playing. Hoyt Crance is the brother of Hugh Crance, and is just as important to his team, except he dominates in the net rather than the defensive zone. Hoyt showed his dominance and ball stopping ability in his sophomore season, and has continued to do so through this past season where he garnered 1st Team All County. Crance will continue to stop shots and lead the defense, and hopefully will earn enough attention to commit somewhere. Would it be possible for the Brother’s Crance to continue their defensive dominance in South Bend?
Despite playing several seasons with his brother, Hugh Crance might need to get used to defending for another netminder, when St. Margaret’s goalie Payton Fales gets his shift. Fales is an agile and athletic goalie who exudes confidence that his teammates feed off of, and intimidates the opposing team. This past season Fales transferred to St Margaret’s after a freshman season at Huntington Beach. His season was unfortunately abbreviated when he suffered a hand injury, and it cost the returning champs greatly; no doubt an indication that the impact a goalie, especially a good one, can have on a team.
If you’ve been following Orange County Lacrosse, you have no doubt heard the name Nate Marano. A pivotal and dynamic member of Foothill’s 2014 Championship team, Marano has been garnering much publicity and accolades over the last few months. Marano has attended Foothill and been involved in the Jon Fox Crush program since beginning his career. Within this system Marano has becomes Orange County’s premier player for this generation. He was named Orange County Player of The Year, as well as Lacrosse Magazine’s West Player of the Year. Along with this he was also named First Team All County, and First Team All American. He lead his team with 87 goals and 24 assists. He is committed to play at Denver University. Marano is the typical player “who makes it look easy”. He remains calm and collected, despite making prolific and highlight worthy plays every game. Not only is his style efficient and smart, it is also exciting to watch. Marano will almost certainly be a major part of whatever success the West Team has.
Schleppy is an extremely lethal shooter and dodger that dominates the midfield area. Shleppy has attended JSerra since his freshman year, and as older players graduated and left, his game has grown better and better earning Third Team All County honors this past season. He will no doubt be extremely integral to JSerra’s success next year, as he takes over leadership as a senior. Shleppy will join Under Armor West Team alumnus Peyton Garrett at High Point University in the future. Being mentored throughout his career by his older brother Cole, Jake has become one of OC’s most dominant midfield threats. Shleppy possesses all the traits you want in a midfielder. He is fast, agile, confident, aware, and has arguably one of the best shots in Orange County. Whether he will be initiating the offensive flow with ankle-breaking dodges, or reaping the benefits on the backside shooting slot, Shleppy will be efficient and lethal. Expect to see Schleppy in the offensive box score often.
Face-offs have become nearly the most important aspect of lacrosse. As teams develop more complicated and methodical ways to attack while keeping possession, face-offs act as the key to unlocking and allowing whatever offensive plan you have. If you don’t have the ball, you can’t score. No player highlights this importance better than Simaan. Last year MaxLaxOC published an article on Simaan’s explosion at an east coast recruiting camp, highlighting his performance but more importantly the sudden infatuation that other lacrosse outlets had with him. Simply put, Simaan was able to control the game because of his face-off abilities, and observes valued that. Since his explosion onto the scene Simaan has kept up with the hype. This pat year he led his team deep into the playoffs, and earned himself 1st Team All County. He has also recently given his college commitment to Brown. If Simaan controls the Under Armor face-offs as well as he controlled Orange County’s, the West Team will find success.
Yanes has been on the Orange County lacrosse scene for a while. Beginning his career with Team Relentless, Yanes has proven to the lacrosse word that big things can come in small packages. Yanes decided to attend JSerra to continue the successful relationship he has had with coach Kyle Harrison. Since being there Yanes has achieved much, garnering All County Honors, and leading his Lions to the OC Finals. Yanes has also been a long time verbal to Hofstra. While not towering over defenders, Yanes plays with a quickness and grittiness that allows him to be one of, if not the most, potent dodgers in California. Add in his prolific shooting skills, and veteran field awareness, and it becomes apparent why Yanes was chosen to represent the west in these Under Armor Games.