The Eagles peaked in the playoffs last year after an up and down season. Can they build on that momentum or will graduation and injury losses prove to be too costly?
Santa Margarita Catholic High School Eagles
League: Trinity League
Last Year: 11-8
Coach: Brad Reppert
College Commits: Garrett Parsons, D, Mercer (D1); Hayden Ruiz, A/M, Boston University (D1)
MaxLaxOC.com Outlook: After an up-and-down regular season, the Eagles got hot in the playoffs and made it to OT of the County semi-finals before bowing to San Clemente. The Eagles have a young, talented squad that has the ability to once again go deep into the playoffs but season-ending injuries to junior Trevor Cook and sophomore Nico Houser leaves them with questionable depth at the midfield position. Coach Brad Reppert will look to the on-field leadership and defensive talents of captains Garrett Parsons, Ravi Dhouni, Jake Grubert, and Bret Enochs to lead the way this year. Young players like promising freshman Logan Dochterman will likely be asked to step up and fill the void left by the Cook and Houser injuries.
A physical and stingy defense should be the Eagles’ trademark this year. With All-County LSM Dhouni and midfielder Enochs harassing ball carriers, and the close D unit of Parsons, Grubert, and Avery Beck providing the muscle down low, opposing offenses will find clean shots hard to come by. The defense will be backed up by goalie Griffin Rockey. Rockey, who was an all star at the the Adrenaline Challenge in January, steps into the starting role after two years as an understudy to perennial all-league goalie Ronnie Pisano. Look for Rockey to impress this year.
The offense will be lead by returning All-County midfielder Hayden Ruiz. Ruiz’s dodging and passing abilities give opposing defenders nightmares. Juniors Skyler Rockey, Michael Senecal, Drew Webster, and Wes Schuler have impressed in the offseason and could post big offensive numbers this year. Also look for Enochs and the freshman Dochterman to chip in with the scoring.
The Eagles have a challenging schedule this year that includes Poway, Cathedral Catholic, Palos Verdes, Corona Del Mar and Trinity League foes in JSerra and St. Margaret’s.