OC Boys’ Lacrosse Countdown: No. 4 Santa Margarita

While the roster and coaching staff saw some changes over the offseason, the expectations remain high at Santa Margarita Catholic High School.  The Eagles are hungry to continue to build on the successes the program has seen in recent years, which included an overall record of 16-7 and a trip to the OC semifinals in 2018.

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Let’s meet the 2019 Eagles who are early favorites to capture their fifth consecutive Trinity League title.

assumes the head coach role this season after serving as JV head coach in 2017 and varsity assistant in 2018. He will look for a balanced offensive attack and strong, physical play on the back end.

The graduation losses of , , and left some big shoes to fill on offense but  , , and  should be up to the task.  All three have varsity experience, and each will  be an integral part of Chester’s plans on offense.

“It’s about everyone contributing and playing their role,” Chester said. “It isn’t as if I got just one midfield line, and then that’s it. I’ve got two lines I can put in there.”

FOGO  will return for his senior campaign, and after one full season of being at the dot and after continued progression throughout last season and in the offseason, he will be one to watch for Santa Margarita.

(right) will look to have a strong senior campaign at the dot (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

On the defensive end, goalie  will look to build off his strong junior campaign, and Garrett Olsker and  will help lead a new wave of athletic defenders down low that has Chester excited about the potential this group will bring.

“I believe (Olsker) is starting to build off of last year,” Chester said. “He brings enthusiasm, teamwork, and wanting to do well for his team. He’s made some great saves already in the preseason, and I expect Ryan to pick up right where he left to start the season. I’m excited about our defense and what we have down low.”

Defensemen  had a strong season last year for the Eagles, and will look to break out as he enters the ranks of upperclassman. Chester expects his athletic ability to really stand out and will continue to lead the group.

Coaches:

The Eagles will be led by a new (but familiar face) head coach in 2019 (Brandon Ross/MaxLaxOC).

Varsity head coach- Patrick “Paddy” Chester-First season at the helm, but third season with Santa Margarita. A Manchester, United Kingdom native, Chester brings 40 years of international and local experience that will be hard to top in the area. Having an offensive background as a player and as a coach (i.e. Cal St. Fullerton), Chester was also the Defensive Coordinator for Concordia University, Irvine, where he won two D-II championships.

Junior Varsity head coachSteve Roop-A lacrosse background that runs with him since the age of seven, Roop was a three time WCLL all-star at Santa Clara University. During his junior season, he ranked in the top ten in all of college lacrosse with a 5.2 points per game average.

Final Words from coach Chester:

“We’ve progressed in a good way, a positive way, and in a way that I wanted to progress (during the offseason),” Chester said. “I think you talk about ‘team’ and that’s the biggest thing I tried to promote and there has been a big buy in from everybody is ‘team.’ I believe we’re probably a better team than the last two, maybe three years.”

Brandon Ross
Brandon Ross is a Digital Reporter/Editor for Maxlaxoc.com, entering his third year with the company. His experience in Sports Journalism began in 2014 where he served as a staff writer for Orange Coast College's Coast Report, mostly covering Sports. In the Spring of 2016, he moved onto The Daily Titan as an assistant sports editor, covering Division One College Basketball, Baseball, and Softball. He also served as The Daily Titan's "second in command" as the paper's Managing Editor, covering a variety of school and local news as well as help guide a young staff in an election season. During his spare time, he loves to travel and spend time with loved ones. For tips, please email Brandon at brandonkross92@gmail.com