Three-time Eastlake High School captain Nate McPeak and Torrey Pines midfielder Spencer Small are part of the group on 19 newcomers that were welcomed to the Syracuse Orange.
“I’m excited to welcome this group to our program,” head coach John Desko said in a news release. “As we start practices this week, I’m eager to get them in a Syracuse jersey for the first time and see their progress as we get ready for the season.”
The Syracuse incoming class also includes Jonathan Partamian from Loyola High School in Los Angeles, the two-time Southern Section champions.
The Orange newcomers were expected to see their first fall-ball action Sunday in the International Lacrosse Scrimmages with the Iroquois Nationals and Team Israel.
The trio joins Agoura alum Jonah Swigart as the only Southern California players on the Orange roster. Swigart has appeared in eight games during his two seasons at Syracuse.
Here is how Syracuse described McPeak and Small in its news release:
Nate McPeak – G – Chula Vista, Calif./Eastlake
Before SU: 2017 Adrenaline All-American … Three-time All-league selection … Two-time Metro Mesa League Player of the Year … Second Team All-CIF Metro Mesa San Diego honoree … Three-time team captain who led Eastlake High School to four-straight league championships in net, highlighted by a .680 save percentage while allowing 5.88 goals against as a senior … Allowed just 5.09 goals against over his career … Played club lacrosse for SD United, which claimed the 2017 Adrenaline Challenge Championship … Also played for Nation United, SD Laxdawgs and Team 12 … Worked with Eastlake Church Student Ministry for five years as a volunteer youth leader … Involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Born June 9, 1999 … Son of Kevin and Patriece … Has one older brother, Samuel, who played lacrosse at Denison University … Majoring in communication and rhetorical studies.
Spencer Small – M – San Diego, Calif./St. Edward’s University
Before SU: Scored 37 goals, and tallied 11 assists in 18 games during his one season at St. Edward’s … Played high school lacrosse at Torrey Pines High School, where he recorded 76 goals and 33 assists … Named to the Under Armour All-West Team … Adrenaline All-American … Played club lacrosse for West Coast Starz … Helped lead Torrey Pines to a CIF State Championship as a freshman … Member of National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Dec. 19, 1997 … Son of Sallie … Has two older brothers, Aaron and Michael, who also played lacrosse at St. Edward’s … Enrolled in the college of arts and sciences.