The Warriors return a talented, veteran team that, as always, will play an athletic and physical style. That style has produced a 42-9 record over the last three seasons, including an overtime loss in the L.A. division semifinals in 2013.
This year, Westlake has top talent returning at every position.
- Attack: Senior Conor O’Brien, a 6-foot-3 lefty, was a first-team All-Marmonte pick last year after recording 61 goals and 30 assists. Junior Brett Reilly is committed to NCAA D-I Jacksonville.
- Midfield: Senior Jesse Cuccia, coming off a first-team All-Marmonte season in which he had 36 goals and 34 assists, has signed with D-I North Carolina.
- Defense: Seniors close defender Drew Taylor (second-team All-Marmonte) and LSM Christian Ahn (first-team All-Marmonte) will anchor the back line.
- Goalie: Sophomore Matthew Kilkeary returns after starting as a freshman.
The Warriors scored an average of 12.8 goals per game last season, and they could do better than that this year. The key will be on defense, where Westlake allowed nearly 10 goals per game in 11 contests against playoff-caliber teams, and the team was 7-4 in those games. If the defense can bring that number down, this team could make a deep run in the postseason.
Key nonleague games: at Redondo Union, March 3; at Culver City, March 11; vs. West Ranch, March 14; at Oaks Christian, April 15; at Oak Park, April 20; vs. Oaks Christian, May 1.