Add Jonathan Kassity (San Clemente High School), Tommy Andrews (Tustin High School ), and Aaron Self (San Clemente High School) to the list of Orange County lacrosse players hoping to make it the NCAA playoffs this year. The three Whittier College Poets will be back this year with seven other returning starters on team that finished 8-4 last year. The Poets missed out on the NCAA Division III National Championships by one game.
The other returning starters include faceoff specialist Scott Pescheret (Eagan, MN), defenders Max Myrick (San Diego, Calif.), Truman Lyford ( Temecula, Calif.) and Randy Lukas (Massapequa, NY), attackers Dan Prevedel (Denver, CO), Maxwell Jones (Fircrest, WA), and and midfielders Foster Cunningham (San Anselmo, Calif.). (Servite High School)
The Poets will open with an exhibition contest against Concordia (Calif.) on February 28 at 7:00pm. They will then open up their regular season schedule with three straight home games at Memorial Stadium against Gordon (March 9 @ 4:00pm), Berry (March 11 @7:00pm), and Swarthmore (March 13 @ 7:00pm) before traveling back east to Philadelphia, PA during Spring Break for three games against Albright (March 17), Centenary (N.J.) (March 19), and Wesleyan (CT) (March 21).
Upon their return they will have a short break before traveling to Wisconsin on March 28-29 to play Aurora and Concordia (WI).
Opening up April play, the Poets will host Chapman University in an exhibition contest on April 2 at 7:00pm. The 4th Annual Locker-Stabler Cup match-up will occur on April 10 at Memorial Stadium against Colorado College at 7:00pm and the Poets will return the following day, April 11 to take on Carthage College beginning at 4:00pm.
The Carthage game should have plenty of local interest. Senior Carthage captains Timothy Francis (Huntington Beach High School) and James Fleming (Servite High School), junior Jared Ferrell (El Toro High School), and sophomore Jordyn Williams (Aliso Niguel High School) all played prominent roles in the Red Men’s 2014 success (15-6 overall record and an 8-2 record in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference.), and have their sights set on an even better 2015.
In the final two contests of the season the Poets will travel to Colorado Springs, CO where they will take on Colorado College for a second time on April 24 before wrapping up their schedule against Jordan Riggs and the Southwestern Pirates (TX) on April 26.