Sophomore Owen Gaffney of four-time LA champion Loyola was named Player of the Year on the 2019 All-Area Boys Lacrosse team announced this week.
Sophomore Brad Sharp of Palos Verdes was named Offensive POY for the second year in a row, and senior Donovan Econn of Harvard Westlake was named Defensive Player of the Year. Harvard Westlake coach Erik Krum was named area Coach of the Year.
Gaffney, a first-team All-Mission League selection, was one of nine Loyola players among the 40 players named to the first-team, second-team and honorable mention lists. Five of those nine players are underclassmen due to return next season. LA runner-up Palos Verdes placed eight players among the 43 all-area selections, including six underclassmen.
In all, the 2019 All-Los Angeles Boys Lacrosse Team listed 14 underclassmen.
The 2019 list also had a number of repeat honorees, including junior Cole Garvey (Mira Costa), senior Logan Soelberg (Crespi) and senior Mitch Myers (St. John Bosco), who were named first-team all-area as both juniors and seniors.
Econn earned DPOY honors as a senior after earning a spot on the second team last season. Senior Will Kupiec (Loyola) and junior Shane McAusland (Loyola) both earned first-team honors this year after being named to the second team a season ago, as did senior Neil Randall of Palos Verdes.
Unlike past seasons, it appears players from the Marmonte, Coastal Canyon, Foothill and Channel leagues were not included in the selections. Last year, 10 players from those leagues were among the 41 players named All-Area. Ten teams from those leagues were ranked in the Top 25 in the final MaxLaxLA Coaches Poll on April 28, seven of those 10 earned spots in the 16-team championship tournament, and one — Oaks Christian — reached the semifinals.
This year, it appears the postseason honors list — called the “All-Los Angeles” team on the list provided to MaxLax — is made of players from the Mission, Bay, Gold Coast, Ocean and City leagues, along with players from teams who are not aligned with a league.
2019 All-Los Angeles Boys Lacrosse Team
Player of the Year: Owen Gaffney, sophomore, Loyola Offensive POY: Brad Sharp, sophomore, Palos Verdes Defensive POY: Donovan Econn, senior, Harvard Westlake Coach of the Year: Erik Krum, Harvard Westlake First Team Pos Name Grade School A Alex Horowitz JR Loyola A Luc Charbonnier JR Palos Verdes A/M Mac MacLean SR Sierra Canyon A Asher Early SR Harvard Westlake M Jack O'Rourke SR Palisades M Birk Swan SO Palos Verdes M Harrison Listen SR Harvard Westlake M Logan Soelberg SR Crespi FO Mitch Myers SR St. John Bosco SSDM Sultan Daniels SR Harvard Westlake LSM Preston Barnes SO Loyola D Shane McAusland JR Loyola D Neil Randall SR Palos Verdes D Cole Garvey JR Mira Costa D Will Kupiec SR Loyola G Kyle McCann SR Palos Verdes Second Team Pos Name Grade School A Jack Carolan SR Loyola A Kyler Konjoyan SR Village Christian A Lucas Menendez JR Mira Costa A/M Matt Garvey JR Loyola M Michael Nagy SO Palos Verdes M Owen Larson SR Chaminade M Luke Steinfield SR Brentwood M Max Cha SR Peninsula FO Cole Clinton JR Palos Verdes SSDM Hunter Ballard SR Loyola LSM Archawin Nimanong SR Glendale D Colin Hawkins SR Loyola D Jake Cloutier JR Chaminade D Brandon Clark SR Palos Verdes G David Baker JR St. Francis G Eli Turovsky SR Sierra Canyon Honorable Mention Pos Name Grade School A Thomas Wilcox SR Culver City A Miles Dolphin SR St. John Bosco A Anthony Novo SR Culver City A Lukas Roscoe SR El Segundo A Joseph Kean SR Santa Monica FO Cooper Endicott SR Sierra Canyon FO Ian Han SO Harvard Westlake G Kenji Mushani SR Redondo Union