We wrap up our series on players to watch in the 2015 high school lacrosse season with a look at sophomores — young players who not only played for their school’s varsity as freshmen but who made an impact, as well.
The most impressive thing about some of the names on the list below is that they made an impact on good teams. Loyola, for instance, had four impact freshmen last season, when the Cubs went 15-5 and reached the semifinals of the U.S. Lacrosse L.A. bracket playoffs.
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Parker Furlong, Santa Monica: Named first-team all-Ocean League in his first season, which also was the Vikings’ first season as a CIF-sanctioned team.
Austin Lowi, Palos Verdes: In an offense that featured plenty of firepower, Lowi played the role of playmaker, handing out 24 assists (second on the team) while also scoring 15 goals. His 39 points in 20 games ranked fifth on the Sea Kings.
Robert Wilcox, West Ranch: Senior midfielder J.K. Torres carried the bulk of the scoring load for the Wildcats, but Wilcox did his part, scoring 22 goals (second on the team) and recording six assists in 12 games.
Casey Bonner, Mira Costa: The only freshman on the Mustangs’ roster ended up leading the team in scoring with 31 goals and 37 assists.
Emmett Rielly, Loyola: The Cubs run a lot of players in and out of the lineup, but even with a roster loaded with talent Rielly managed to score 10 goals and hand out 11 assists.
Ryder Mora, Loyola: Mora was another in the Cubs’ deep rotation, scoring seven goals, recording two assists and collecting 28 ground balls.
Andrew Noble, Newbury Park: Noble started his freshman season with a bang, scoring five goals in the Panthers’ first three games. He finished the season with 12 goals and nine assists. He also picked up 29 ground balls and was credited with seven caused-turnovers.
Bradley Hall, Santa Monica: Named second-team all-Ocean League for the Dragons.
Nick Mohler, Loyola: Named second-team all-Mission League after collecting 27 ground balls in 20 games as a member of the Cubs’ relentless defensive rotation.
Niko Econn, Harvard Westlake: Names second-team all-Mission League for the Wolverines, who went 7-1 in league and entered the L.A. playoffs as the No. 1 seed.
Scott Phillips, Peninsula: Named second-team all Bay League for the Panthers.
Joe Theuer, Loyola: Earned the first-team All-Mission League goalie slot after posting a .528 save percentage and 9.78 goals-against average for a team that went 15-5 against the fourth-toughest schedule in the L.A. division, according to LaxPower.com.
Matt Kilkeary, Westlake: The Warriors went 14-4 with Kilkeary in net, allowing an average of only 7.28 goals per game.