Rancho Bernardo rode a roller coaster last season, opening with a 7-1 record before suffering a five-game losing streak. But that was followed by five consecutive wins and, ultimately, the No. 3 seed in the CIF San Diego Section open division playoffs. The ride came to a sudden halt, though, with a 10-9 overtime loss at home to No. 6-seeded Coronado.
A lot has changed since May for the Broncos. Rancho Bernardo coach Adam Morawski recently took time out to answer a few questions about his squad as we look ahead to next spring in our offseason check-in series:
What would you say is the current state of your program? How does it look relative to previous years? Have you improved; are you rebuilding?
We graduated 15 seniors, so we will be young. Lots of goals and experience have moved on, but we have some excellent young players coming up, so I would not call it a rebuild.
What is your team’s central philosophy?
Play smart, play fast, play hard.
Who are some of your key returners at each position? Who are you going to rely heavily on? Any recent commitments?
Duncan Copeland is one of the best middies in the West. On offense, we will look for big years from Shane Modlin, Matt Ralph, Cole Giles and Sam Dooley, among others. Hunter Spence was a 64 percent face-off guy as a sophomore. Defensively, Noah Naigan will be an all-league player.
Are there any newcomers fans should look out for? Will any freshman make a significant impact?
Sophomore Blake Sterger has worked extremely hard all offseason, so I am excited to see what he can do at the varsity level. Tyler Santos is another player coming up from JV who will make an impact for us. There will be a lot of young players asked to grow up quickly.
What are some goals you have for the season?
Get a little better every day. Win every home game. Play our best lacrosse in May.
Championship, or building talent?
At RB you always want to be doing both. Lots of great tradition here that every team needs to live up to.
Do you foresee any major challenges along the way? What do you think will be a major hurdle for your team to get over?
Youth and inexperience. As I said before, we need to get better as the season goes along, as we end the season with LCC, Bishop’s, Coronado, Grossmont and Poway.
Who do you think will be some of the other top teams in the county?