OC Boys’ Lacrosse Countdown: No. 1 St. Margaret’s

With a strong returning cast including Player of the Year , the St. Margaret’s boys lacrosse team begins 2019 where they ended last season, on the OC’s top rung.  The Tartans will be in hot pursuit of their fourth County Championship and third Section championship in the last seven years.

Groeninger, a Bryant commit, who averaged nearly six points per game while racking up 127 points (64 goals, 63 assists) last season will surely attract plenty of attention.  However, the Tartans are from a one-man show and he will be surrounded by a deep group of seniors and some talented newcomers on both ends of the field.

“Great group of seniors this year,” said coach by text message. “They have worked for hard for a long time. Unfortunately, we just lost to an ACL injury suffered in soccer CIF final. I think as a group that they will respond well.  We are used to facing adversity.  It should be a fun and challenging season.”

With senior faceoff specialist (Holy Cross) returning after last season’s  All-County First Team performance, the Tartans should have plenty of opportunities to play with the ball. Senior middie and sophomore attack  are expected to step into higher profile roles in the offense, and will help fill in for the graduation losses of , , , and .

The 2019 defense will also have some big shoes to fill now that All American and First-Team All-County defense), (Second-Team All-County defense) and (First-Team All-County short-stick defensive middie) have graduated.  Returning All-County Second-Teamers (LSM), (SSDM),  (goalie), and Third-Teamer (defense) should be up to the task and all are likely to make strong cases for promotions to First Team this season.  Sophomore defenseman will also help to solidify the backline.
The Tartans were ranked No. 8 in the West in the Inside Lacrosse Pre-Season poll, and they will play a schedule worthy of a top Western program.  (No. 1 in the West), St. Ignatius Prep (No. 6 in the West), the Woodlands (defending Texas state champ),the  top 4 LA teams (Loyola, PV, Harvard Westlake and Chaminade), traditional OC powers Foothill and Santa Margarita, and Colorado power are all on the schedule.
First up is a home game against Newport Harbor on Tuesday.