Looking to shake things up in South Coast League, the Trabuco Hills Mustangs trot into the 2018 season with players who are young and hungry.
Last season, Trabuco Hills battled through the always difficult South Coast League to a 4-4 record in league play and 9-8 overall, good enough for third place in league standings and a return to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Division playoffs.
For the second time in three years, the Mustangs’ season ended with a playoff loss to St. Margaret’s, this time 11-3 in the first round. It was a bitter end to an exciting season, but many key contributors are returning this season and Trabuco Hills may be ready to dethrone reigning back-to-back champions San Clemente for the league title.
Head Coach Eric Bassett will be at the helm once again and will have what could be one of the league’s most potent offenses at his disposal. The junior trio of Holden Evans, Jared Friesen, and AJ Switzer should be at the forefront of the Mustang offense. Last year, Evans and Friesen each knocked in 43 goals in league play while Switzer scored 28.
Trabuco Hills will miss the production of Mason Morris, who scored 33 goals last season but went on to graduate. Despite this loss, senior captains Jason Kauo and Tyler Payne should slide in his place quite nicely as the duo combined for 41 goals.
The Mustangs will run through a gauntlet of 2017 playoff teams, and the fun begins on March 1 when the Mustangs host Servite. All told Trabuco will play 11 games against playoff teams plus a game against Utah-power Brighton. If they can survive the gauntlet, the Mustangs should be in prime fighting shape come May.