The Tartans offset steep graduation losses with the addition of Glen Miles as head coach and Denver-bound Ryan Harnisch in the midfield. Are the Tartans rebuilding or did they reload?
St. Margaret’s Episcopal School Tartans
League: Trinity League
Last Year: 11-7
Coach: Glen Miles
College Commits: LSM Scotty McGowan, Denver (D1); FOM Ryan Harnisch, Denver (D1); A Chase Williams, Haverford (D3)
MaxLaxOC.com Outlook: The most prominent of the summer headlines this year was news of Glen Miles’ departure from San Clemente to St. Margaret’s. Miles had just led San Clemente to the OC championship game and looked to be building a perennial contender, but left for nearby St. Margaret’s replacing that school’s legendary coach, Gerry Manning. Miles knows most of the Tartans players from his years coaching the FCA West Coast teams, so the learning curve likely will be slight, so expect the Tartans to come out of the gates ready to contend. Miles promptly hired former Johns Hopkins star Terry Riordan (’95) to assist him on the coaching sideline.
The biggest name on the roster is senior LSM Scotty McGowan, who last year committed to D1 Denver and is the county’s most impactful defensive player. An All-County first-team player, McGowan has battled a slew of off-season injuries that have restricted his club play, but he is said to be ready to go for the season. Beyond McGowan, the Tartans are anchored by one of the county’s best goalkeepers, Brandon “Sushi” Suchand. When Suchand is on, there’s none better. Others on defense to watch this year are sophomores John Connelly, Mikey McGraw and Fernando Delgado. Senior long pole Winston Robinson likely will miss the season due to ongoing injury problems.
Offensively, the Tartans have a number of talented gamebreakers. Midfielders Hunter Edington and Josh Davis provide speed and firepower. Davis (12 goals, 3 assists) is a threat to score any time he has the ball and possesses a sick split dodge. Edington (9G, 8A in 2012) is an excellent two-way midfielder with speed to burn who may be one of the most underrated players in the County. Don’t be surprised if Edington has a breakout year. Faceoff midfielder Ryan Harnisch transferred from JSerra Catholic and is among the county’s top faceoff men. On attack, seniors Chase Williams (32G, 9A) and Alex Waller (28G, 7A) return after stellar junior years; Williams is a skilled dodger who can finish on both sides of the cage, while Waller possesses a hammer shot.
As usual, depth will be a challenge for the Tartans, but Miles will look to get the most out of a team that is loaded with quality.
The season starts hot for St. Margaret’s with a season opener on February 27 against Miles’ old school, San Clemente in the Knights Challenge in Tustin. The Trinity League schedule will be challenging with the likes of JSerra and Santa Margarita, and the Tartans also host Mullen from Colorado.