For the past week, we’ve been looking at the top seniors to watch in the upcoming high school season at the three key field positions. Today, we look at the specialists — goalies, long-stick midfielders and faceoff middies.
This isn’t a ranking (players are listed alphabetically), just an opportunity to highlight a handful of guys who distinguished themselves as juniors and who we expect will make an impact this spring.
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Today: Top senior goalies, LSM and FOGO. Next: Top junior attacks.
Michael Marinelli, Newbury Park: As a junior, Marinelli posted a .705 save percentage and allowed less than four goals per game in leading the Panthers to a 16-4 record. For his efforts, he was named All-American and first-team All-Marmonte League. Marinelli is committed to NCAA D-III Dickinson College in Pennsylvania.
David McCann, Palos Verdes: With a .579 save percentage and 6.7 goals-against average, McCann last year anchored a defense that carried the Sea Kings to the U.S. Lacrosse Southern Section L.A. bracket championship. He was named All-American and the Bay League’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Others of note: It’s hard to ignore the achievements of C.J. Ortiz (Thousand Oaks) and Lance Plonski (Peninsula), although the two regularly get overshadowed by Marinelli and McCann in their respective leagues. Ortiz helped Thousand Oaks to the Marmonte League championship and a 14-3 overall record and was named second-team all-league, behind Marinelli. With McCann named Bay League DPOY, Plonski received the first-team all-league slot after helping the Panthers to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth.
Josh Rosen, Oak Park: Rosen won 63 percent of faceoffs for the Eagles — up from 51 percent when he was a sophomore — and was a big factor in their run to the L.A. Division title game. Rosen’s ability to secure possession consistently contributed greatly to an offense that generated nearly 29 shots on goal per game and nearly 10 goals per game.
Christian Ahn, Westlake: Named first-team All-Marmonte last season after helping Westlake hold opponents to only 5.5 goals per game in posting a 14-4 record and an appearance in the second-round of the playoffs. As a sophomore, he earned second-team All-Marmonte honors.