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Perhaps no team in the county was punished as hard by graduation as Tesoro.  The Titans bid farewell to eight seniors representing three of their top four scorers, two key defenders, and the starting goaltender after last season’s historic 19-1 record and OC semi-finals appearance.  Nevertheless, No.6 Tesoro appears to have the goods to once again push for a deep playoff run.

The faces in the starting lineup will not be all that’s new for the Titans this season.  They also have a new coaching staff, will be in a new league (returning to the South Coast  League after a two-year hiatus), and will face a more challenging schedule than in years past.

“We have a strong core of upperclassmen this season that will be supported by some talented youngsters” said new head coach Scott Grubert. “I’ve been really impressed with their intensity.”

Headlining the senior class is reigning Sea View League Player of the Year and last season’s top scorer Carson Spooner.  Spooner finished last season with 107 points (77 goals, 30 assists) and is a threat to score pretty much any time he has the ball.

Seniors Taber Hankins (15g, 4a) and Colby Lynch as well as junior Luke Molinari (17g, 18a) will be counted upon to take on a  to take a more prominent role in the offense help fill the void left by the graduation.  Lynch returns after an injury ended his junior season.

Senior Zach Harrick who won 67% of his faceoffs last season will be called up once again to help the Titans win the possession battle.  He has been working hard in the offseason and in practice to prepare for the stiffer competition he is likely to face this season.

“I have really been impressed with the progress Zach Harrick has made in a short period of time,” said Gruber.

Defensively, Grubert will rely upon senior AJ Schur (30 groundballs, 11 caused turnovers), Joe Adams, and sophomore LSM Liam Doddy. Ryan Ross, a transfer from Santa Margarita, will also bolster the defense.

Grubert said that freshman goalie Lucas Zelaya has been very impressive in the offseason tournaments and practice.

Tesoro has upped their strength of schedule this season and that should have their youngsters prepared for the faster pace of post-season play come May.  In addition to once again running the gauntlet that is the South Coast League, Grubert has added some spice to the non-league schedule.

“I added teams like Foothill and St. Margaret’s to the regular season schedule to help prepare the team for playoff intensity,” said Grubert.

Coaching wise, Scott Morse will assist Grubert with the varsity crew while former Cal State Fullerton captain Max Thielen and Brian McCarthy will coach the Tesoro JV.

The Titans open the season on the road against Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and face their first league challenge when they visit Trabuco Hills on March 13.

Sat Feb 23
Notre Dame
12:00 PM PST
Sat Mar 2
Mater Dei
12:00 PM PST
Fri Mar 8
Edison
5:30 PM PST
Wed Mar 13
Trabuco
5:30 PM PDT
Tue Mar 19
Mission Viejo
5:30 PM PDT
Wed Mar 20
Yorba Linda
5:30 PM PDT
Fri Mar 22
San Clemente
5:30 PM PDT
Sat Mar 23
Aliso Niguel
12:00 PM PDT
Tue Mar 26
El Toro
5:30 PM PDT
Sat Mar 30
Great Oak
1:30 PM PDT
Tue Apr 9
Trabuco Hills
5:30 PM PDT
Thu Apr 11
Mission Viejo
5:30 PM PDT
Mon Apr 15
Santiago
5:30 PM PDT
Thu Apr 18
San Clemente
5:30 PM PDT
Sat Apr 20
Foothill
TBD
Tue Apr 23
El Toro
5:30 PM PDT
Wed Apr 24
SMES
5:00 PM PDT

 

 

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