Preview: No. 9 San Marcos at No. 8 Westlake

The eighth-seeded Westlake Warriors will play host to No. 9 seed San Marcos on Tuesday (7 p.m.) in the first round of the US Lacrosse postseason championship tournament.

No. 8 Westlake Warriors (13-5)
High-flying Westlake averaged 16 goals per game this season and scored 20-plus five times. The problem for the Warriors is they also give up a lot of goals, allowing 9.5 per game overall. The team is 10-0 when holding an opponent under 10 goals but 3-5 when allowing 10 or more.

The Warriors’ attack line boasts three 90-point scorers and two 70-goal scorers in seniors Duke Cohen (71g, 28a) and Seamus O’Brien (70g, 22a) and junior Nick Reilly (49g, 50a). Sophomore middie Tyler Enderle (29g, 16a) and junior middie CJ Woodall (7g, 16a) can score from midfield. Sophomore face-off middie Jacob Martin (66 percent) provides plenty of possession.

Defensively, long-pole defenders Connor Kuhl, Daniel Brandolino and Will Lyman and short-stick Chris Chen hold things down in front of a goalie rotation of freshman Jackson Hren and sophomore Matt Reznick.

No. 9 San Marcos Royals (13-2)
Last year, in its fourth season of CIF lacrosse, San Marcos burst onto the scene with a 12-2 regular-season record and went on to reach the title game of the US Lacrosse Postseason Invitational tournament, where the Royals lost to Mira Costa to finish 14-3 overall.

This year, they matched last year’s regular-season performance, despite playing a tougher schedule, and earned a spot in the championship bracket.

To have a chance against high-scoring Westlake, San Marcos will need to lean on its defense, which has not allowed double-digit scoring since a season-opening 12-6 loss to Oaks Christian. Senior Kai Sanvictores leads a group that includes Isaac Briner, Dawson Dewan, Jonathan Oh and Ben Nowak. They have played this season in front of goalies Josh Glasman, a sophomore, and Ryan Lehman, a junior.

Senior captains Justin Lehman and Mason Zimmerman spearhead the Royals’ offense, along with senior attack Josh Blanchard and junior middie and face-off specialist Shea Rousseau.