Players to Watch: Senior Defenders

As we eagerly await the 2015 season, let’s take a moment to identify some of the players we’re looking forward to seeing come March.

This isn’t a ranking (players are listed alphabetically), and it isn’t meant to name the best players at each position. It is meant to highlight a handful of guys we expect will make an impact this spring.

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Today: Top senior defenders. Next: Top senior specialists (FOGO, LSM, Goalie).

Jake Allred, Thousand Oaks: Allred and the Lancers’ defense allowed only 6.06 goals per game last season, seventh-best in the Southern Section. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, the first-team All-Marmonte defender is both athletic and physical.

Chucky Smith, Newbury Park: An All-American an All-Marmonte League selection as a junior, Smith is a physical presence around the Panthers’ goal. He was credited with 66 ground balls and 52 caused turnovers last season. He also scored four goals and recorded six assists.

Jonah Swigart, Agoura: Committed to Syracuse, the 6-foot-5 Swigart has the size to play strong around the crease but the athleticism to push the ball in transition. He was named All-American and first-team All-Marmonte League as a junior.

Other notable seniors (alphabetical):
Troy Dixon, Loyola; Andrew Park, Harvard Westlake; Drew Taylor, Westlake; Joey Vigil, Redondo Union; Graham Walker, Palos Verdes; Bryce Wallgard, Newbury Park.