Players to Watch in 2016: Attacks

With the 2016 season rapidly approaching, MaxLax consulted with a handful of area coaches, numerous all-league lists and pored over more than a few rosters, recruiting lists and club teams to identify the players to watch heading into the season.

Many of these players have earned reputations as San Diego’s best in their time in the county. Of course, as with any list, not every potential star player could be named. This particular list aims only to identify key players entering the 2016 season. What happens next will be determined on the field.

Today, we feature four senior attacks, all committed to NCAA D-I college programs:

Anthony Demaio, senior, Coronado

Demaio (pictured above right) has been Coronado’s offensive leader since his arrival as sophomore, when he scored 126 points. Demaio is a lefty attackman in the vein of Notre Dame’s Matt Kavanagh. Last season he earned All-CIF. He is a frequent on the recruiting scene, often playing with Bunch Nation all around the country. Expect to see Demaio fight with gritty tooth and nail to lead Coronado to a championship, before he heads out to Boston to play for the emerging Boston University.

Cal Costa, senior, Bishop’s

Costa (pictured above left) will lead the Bishop’s offense, which a lot of area coaches say might be the most potent in San Diego. Costa has been a key contributor to the Bishop’s system since his freshman year and was an early verbal to Ohio State, as well. Costa is a product of the West Coast Starz and RC club teams. He’s a skilled, smart and quick player who also has the experience to lead a heavy favorite into the 2016 season.

JoJo Biddle, senior, Pacific Ridge

Biddle is an electric and smart attackman who helped the Firebirds to a 15-4 record last season, acting as the team’s offensive quarterback. Biddle earned All-American honors after leading Pacific Ridge to the No. 1 seed in the CIF San Diego open division playoffs. And there’s little doubt the Firebirds’ close first-round loss to eventual runner-up Torrey Pines has Biddle motivated for another playoff run before he graduates and heads off to play at the University of Pennsylvania next fall.

Ryan Fazio, senior, Cathedral Catholic

Fazio, committed to play at Marquette next year, will be counted on to engineer the offense for always dangerous Cathedral Catholic. He relies on a high lacrosse IQ and a certain set of skills. Like Biddle, Fazio hopes to push Cathedral deeper in the playoffs this year after last season ended with a close playoff loss to Torrey Pines.

We know there are other terrific attacks out there; who else is a player to watch in San Diego this season? Let us know in the comments below.