Players to Watch: Junior Attacks

Our look ahead to the 2015 high school season continues as we move into the junior class, where there are some very good attackmen coming back off of stellar sophomore seasons. In fact, we decided to list four junior attacks instead of three, because they’re all deserving (and because we make the rules).

This isn’t a ranking (players are listed alphabetically), just an opportunity to highlight a handful of guys who distinguished themselves as sophomores and who we expect will make an impact this spring.

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Today: Top junior attacks. Next: Top junior middies.

Chasen Colter, Newbury Park: The Panthers featured a high-scoring offense last spring, and Colter was a big part of that. He scored 50 goals and recorded 36 assists as a sophomore, earning first-team All-Marmonte League honors and helping Newbury Park to a 16-4 record and a spot in the second round of the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section playoffs.

Preston Faecher, Redondo Union: Faecher committed to the University of Maryland after his freshman season (July 2013), then went out and earned first-team all-Bay League honors as a sophomore. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Faecher helped the Sea Hawks to an 8-8 record last spring, with all eight losses to playoff teams, including in overtime to Palos Verdes and an 11-10 loss at Westlake in the first round of the playoffs.

Rizal Smith, Palos Verdes: The versatile Smith earned first-team All-Bay League honors after scoring 27 goals and recording 35 assists for the L.A. bracket champions. He also shared face-off duties, posting a .614 win percentage on 210 draws.

Sean Smith, Loyola: Another extremely versatile players, Smith led Loyola in both goals (52) and assists (21), as well as sharing face-off duties, where he had a .709 win percentage in 158 draws. Oh, and he scooped up 128 ground balls (6.4 per game) for a team that reached the L.A. division semifinals. Named first-team All-Mission League.

Other notable juniors:
Mikey Booth, Palos Verdes (20G, 12A as a sophomore); Kobe Tseng, Peninsula; Aiden Westley, Palos Verdes (30G, 8A).

Previous lists:

  • Senior attacks
  • Senior middies
  • Senior defenders
  • Senior goalies, LSM, FOGO