With a strong returning cast including Player of the Year Kevin Groeninger, 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 Glen Miles by text message. “They have worked for hard for a long time. Unfortunately, we just lost Tomas Anderson 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 Stuart Pollard (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 Koa Todd and sophomore attack Nate Sanchez are expected to step into higher profile roles in the offense, and will help fill in for the graduation losses of Andy Shin, Trevor Peay, Garrett Kuntz, and Conrad Hampson.