The Oilers are looking to improve on last season’s 9-8 record. With 18 seniors, their entire offense, and goalie Trevor Jackson returning, Huntington Beach is poised to be an impact team this season.
Huntington Beach High School Oilers
Last Year: 9-8
Coach: Brian Dunn
College Commits: Trevor Jackson, G, Rollins College (D2)
The Oilers finished last year with a 9-8 record, finishing a bit short of expectations. Don’t be surprised if the Oilers, with 18 returning seniors, a veteran goalie, and a potent offense, learns from its past experiences and contends for Sunset League and Southern Section titles. Huntington Beach will be led by seniors Alex Kowalski at midfield, Trevor Jackson (Rollins College) in the goal, and Taylor Refice at Attack. Refice is four-year starter for the Oilers and is poised for a break out year.
Beyond the above players, Head Coach Brian Dunn thinks that his team has depth at every position, which could be a differentiator come playoff time. While his three defenders from last year graduated, Dunn is not concerned about a drop off in the defensive end given the amount of veteran leaders he has on the squad. The Oilers have been active in the offseason including a productive outing at the One Way 2 Play tournament in San Juan Capistrano. The Oilers finished with a 2-2 record, losing by only two goals to San Diego power Cathedral Catholic and one goal to last year’s CIF Champion Corona Del Mar Sea Kings.
Dunn believes that his team is coming together nicely and most importantly thinks that his squad is part of something special. “I think our kids are really enjoying being a part of something bigger than themselves this year and it’s fun to see that”, he said. The Oilers have a tough schedule with games against Los Al, El Toro and CdM. As an alumnus of CdM himself, Dunn is excited for that game and the challenge presented in front of them. With depth, a chip on their shoulder, and a coach who has the team focused, the team is looking to prove that they belong in the upper echelon of lacrosse in Orange County and California.
–Adam Guy, MaxLaxocOC.com