There is a lot of optimism coming out of Anaheim after a strong 2017 campaign from the Servite Friars going into the 2018 season, which begins Feb. 24 versus the Sunset League’s Newport Harbor. Let’s meet the Friars, who will be looking to dethrone Trinity League power Santa Margarita this coming spring.
With 12 returning seniors led by senior head captain Hayden Rodenbeck, the optimism is justified.
Rodenbeck will team up with fellow senior Jack Seals to lead a defense that should be the team’s strong suit. Last year the Friars’ defense allowed less than eight goals per game en route to a 13-7 record. With another year of experience under their belts, the Friars may get even stingier this season.
Rodenbeck is a four-year varsity starter, 2017 Trinity Defensive player of the year, and 1st team All-County. Hayden committed to the University of Utah in his junior year. Currently, an MCLA program, the Utes move up to NCAA Division 1 next year.
Seals, who is committed to Stevenson has flown under the radar a bit while steadily improving each season. He may be ready for a breakout season.
“Hayden is one of the most well rounded and dangerous defensemen anywhere on the field of play, here in Southern California,” said head coach Tom O’Leary. “His ability, skill, and knowledge as a takeaway long-pole fuels his passion to create offense in transition. The work ethic of this athlete just adds to the great qualities he exudes as a young man, teammate, son, brother, and Christian. 2018 is going to be one heck of a finale to a great four-year career for Hayden, here at Servite.”
Offensively, the Friars will look to two returning First Team Trinity All-League attacks, sophomore Jack Terrones and Trent Shimizuto take a lead role again this year. The two athletic underclassmen can double up as defensive midfielders when needed.
2018 Servite Coaching Staff:
Varsity Head Coach Tom O’Leary – 10th season coaching in Orange County. 8th season at Servite, 2 seasons at JSerra (’09 & ’10), 2 time captain of Southern New Hampshire University mens lacrosse from 2003-2006, NCAA DII.
Varsity Assistant Mike Hutnick – 5th Season at Servite. Former JSerra/ San Clemente Head Coach. 3 Time captain of Southern New Hampshire University mens lacrosse from 2003-2006, first All-American lacrosse player from the university, 2006.
Varsity Assistant Matt Prado – 2012 Servite Alumni. Four-year starter at Whittier College, 2013-2016.
Head JV / Head Varsity Box Coach Ryan Shanks – 2013 Servite Alumni. Played lacrosse at Chapman for 2014 & 2015 seasons. Currently Outreach Manager for Servite Admissions.
JV Asst Coach Ryan Thomas – 2014 Alumni. Played lacrosse at Chapman for 2015 & 2016 seasons.
JV Asst Coach Ed Loughran – Played lacrosse at Widener University from 1985-1988. Brings a wealth of knowledge to the staff and young men.
Final Statement from O’Leary: “The Servite lacrosse staff is excited to see what the 2018 season brings for the young men of the Servite lacrosse program. Our off-season training began in early June 2017 and we are now eager to face the challenges Orange County lacrosse brings our way. CREDO!”
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