Players to Watch: Senior middies

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 midfielders. Next: Top senior defenders.

Jesse Cuccia, Westlake: Cuccia went into the summer with little interest from college recruiters, but a three-week tour over the summer with the Long Island Sting out of New York sparked plenty of interest. Cuccia initially committed to Boston University, but when a spot opened up and an offer came from North Carolina, he switched.

Sammy Edwards, Beverly Hills: It seems like Edwards has been on the local “players to watch” list forever. The Loyola-bound playmaker finally is a senior, and he is definitely one to watch. Edwards, who also can play attack, was the Coast League offensive player of the year as a junior.

Stanton Gilbertson, Palos Verdes: Named All-American and Bay League player of the year last season, the blazing-fast Gilbertson has an explosive first step that enables him to get his hands free to shoot almost at will. He scored 58 goals in 20 games last season after notching 29 goals in 21 games as a sophomore.

Other notable seniors (alphabetical):
Zach Byington, Thousand Oaks; Nick Coons, Mira Costa; Harrison Mac, Loyola; Elliott Stanger, Culver City; Brandon Wilson, Peninsula (committed to Adams State); Joe Woody, Harvard Westlake (committed to Kenyon).