No. 3: Thousand Oaks

The Lancers broke out last season with a 14-3 overall record and the Marmonte League championship, a huge leap forward from the combined 29-39 record they posted in their first four seasons as a CIF program.

The regular-season result earned Thousand Oaks the No. 3 seed in the U.S. Lacrosse L.A. playoff bracket, but after an easy first-round win, the season ended with a 12-7 loss at home to eventual L.A. champion Palos Verdes.

As great a ride as that was for T.O., there’s enough talent in the program — and enough starters returning — that there is no reason to think the Lancers can’t do it again (or at least close to it) in coach Tyler Gilbert’s second season.

Key returning players: Senior attack Nick Auger was the league MVP last season, and senior middie Zach Byington and senior defender Jake Allred both were first-team all-Marmonte selections. Goalie C.J. Ortiz, also a senior, was named second-team all-league.

Key nonleague games: vs. Crespi, Feb. 28; at Loyola, March 13; vs. Oaks Christian, March 27; at Oak Park, April 7; at Oaks Christian, April 24.

  • No. 4: Peninsula
  • No. 5: Newbury Park
  • No. 6 Oak Park
  • No. 7 Harvard Westlake
  • No. 8 Crespi
  • No. 9 Westlake
  • No. 10: Mira Costa
  • Counting It Down: 15-11
  • Counting It Down: 20-16