The San Clemente alumni team pulled away in the second half of the annual alumni boys lacrosse game to defeat the varsity squad at Thalassa Stadium on December 30th. The alumni team, with a mix of former players and coaches representing all levels of collegiate lacrosse including top NCAA Division I, II and III and MCLA universities, maintained their winning streak over the high school varsity team.

Returning for the SCHS Alumni team were (from left to right): Robbie Burns, Ryan Gill, Caleb Bozarth, Michael Guillotte, Will Bozarth, Austin Lickely, Jack Renard, David Self, Colin Zines, Austin Boyer, Aaron Self, Peyton Garrett, Dakota Ruiz, Austin Streeter and Thomas Ahola. Not pictured who attended: Aaron Blanchard, Tanner Wright (Photo courtesy Kathy Renard)

“The alumni game is something both our players and alumni look forward to each year,” said Brendan Finnerty, head coach at San Clemente. “Our alumni players are outstanding college student-athletes and recent graduates who really enjoy the opportunity to stay connected with our program and their old teammates. Plus, these guys are very, very good and it’s fun to watch them play. Our team played hard and I’m sure they learned quite a bit from the experience of playing against such talented players.”

The San Clemente varsity kept the game close through the first half but the alumni pulled away to win 12-7. San Clemente was led by David Howren (3g), Wakely Lush (2g) and Nick Lemus (2g). Defensively the Tritons were led by Omeed Farhardi, Nick Amico and Garrett Silverman. Goalies Harrison Webb and Louis Ahola looked good in net for the Tritons. Scoring for the alumni players were Austin Streeter (Bellarmine) who led the alumni with four scores, Jack Renard (US Merchant Marine), Peyton Garrett (High Point), Aaron Self (Whittier), Colin Zines (Colorado State) and Robbie Burns (TCU) while Austin Boyer (Cleveland State) was impressive in the goal.

“The alumni really look forward to this game each year. It gives us a chance to see old friends, meet the high school team, and for some if us it’s a chance to connect before we play each other in the upcoming college season,” said Peyton Garrett, a junior at High Point University. “We were impressed how well the varsity played and I look forward to following their progress during the upcoming season.”

–Courtesy Don Howren, San Clemente Lacrosse

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