SoCal is Well Represented in NCAA D-I Top 20

It was not so long ago that Southern Californians were a rarity in the upper echelons of NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. That is no longer the case. We scanned the rosters of the Inside Lacrosse preseason Top 20 teams and found Southern Californians on 17 of the 20 rosters. The only holdouts are No. 7 Ohio State, No. 12 Penn State and No. 13 Johns Hopkins.

Hailing from as far north as Westlake High School to as far south as Eastlake High School, we identified 37 players representing 25 different high schools in this year’s top 20. Corona del Mar High School leads the way with five alumni playing on D1 Top Teams. No. 4 Denver, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 17 Marquette, and No. 20 Boston University show the greatest appreciation for Southern California athletes with four apiece. No. 1 Duke and No. 13 Towson are not far behind with three each.

All 37 players are listed below with excerpts from their school rosters.

No. 1 Duke

(Bishop’s ’14)
2017: Played in four games … Battled injuries throughout the season … Picked up two ground balls.
2016: Played in five games before suffering a season-ending injury … Scored a goal against Mercer (2/29) … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2015: Played in 13 games on the second midfield line … Recorded three goals and two assists for five points … Scored his first collegiate points with a goal and an assist in win over Mercer (2/15) … Also registered tallies against Harvard (2/28) and Providence (3/1) … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Before Duke: A four-year letter winner at The Bishop’s School … Registered 40 goals and 15 assists his junior season … Earned a spot on the Under Armour All-American Underclass West Team … Tallied 39 goals and 22 assists and picked up 71 ground balls his senior season … Voted to the Under Armour All-American squad in 2014 … An all-state selection … Also garnered USILA All-America honors as a senior … Played club lacrosse for West Coast Starz and the RC Starz programs … Also played two years of football for the Knights before focusing on lacrosse.

(Bishop’s ’16)
2017: Played eight games at attack … Finished rookie season with two goals and an assist for three points … Scored two goals for his first collegiate points against Cleveland State … Registered an assist in win over Jacksonville (3/13) … Picked up two ground balls versus Boston University (5/7) … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Before Duke: A four-year letter winner at midfield for Steve Sepeta at The Bishop’s School … Garnered Adrenaline All-American honors in 2016 … Also selected as a US Lacrosse Academic All-American his senior season … Co-Captain as a senior … Missed his junior season to injury … Tallied 118 career goals in his three seasons … Amassed 155 points overall in his scholastic career … A two-time first team All-Coastal League pick … Earned second-team honors his rookie season … Voted the team’s Co-MVP in 2016 … A two-time San Diego Union-Tribune All-Academic Team choice … Also played his club lacrosse for West Coast Stars and RC Stars … Also lettered two seasons in soccer … National Merit Finalist.

(Palos Verdes ’15)
2017: Saw 18:11 of action between the pipes … Made four saves against two goals allowed for a 6.60 goals against average and a .667 save percentage … Stopped two shots in 16-3 victory over Saint Joseph’s … Played a season-high 10:07 and made one save and allowed one goal against Cleveland State (2/12) … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2016: Saw action in three games between the pipes … Played a total of 9:55 and made two saves … Allowed just one goal to finish with a .667 save percentage and a 6.05 goals against average … ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Before Duke: A four-year letter winner for at Palos Verdes High School … A three-year starter in goal for the Sea Kings … A two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American and Bay League Defensive Player of the Year honoree … Voted the Bay League Player of the Year in 2013 after making 185 saves and posting a .680 save percentage … Also picked as the team’s Most Valuable Player as a sophomore … A three-time first team All-Bay League choice … Stopped 249 saves his senior season … Posted a 4.0 goals against average, made 166 saves and had a .674 save percent his junior campaign … Holds the Palos Verdes career record in saves with 640 and wins … Palos Verdes Valedictorian … Was a member of the National Honor Society and Chinese National Honor Society.

No. 2 Maryland

(Coronado ’16)
2017: Served a redshirt season for 2017 National Champions.
Before Maryland: A two-time US Lacrosse All-American (2016, 2015) … starred at Coronado, where he became the all-time leading scorer in California high school lacrosse history with 391 points … totaled 232 goals, which ranks third in California history, and 159 assists, which ranks second in California history, during career … had 70 goals and 58 assists as a senior … tallied 10+ points in five games as a senior.

(Loyola ’17)
Before Maryland: Helped lead Loyola to back-to-back CIF Southern Section Championships … played club lacrosse for Legends West, coached by , who was a three-time All-American at Maryland … also recruited by Navy and Denver.

No. 3 Albany

(San Clemente ’14)
2017: Inside Lacrosse Media Honorable Mention All-American. America East All-Conference First Team close defender. Started all 18 games, collecting 15 ground balls and nine caused turnovers. Two caused turnovers and ground balls in win at Cornell (3/5). Tied career-high three caused turnovers, adding three ground balls, in road win over Binghamton (4/19). Notched three ground balls in America East title game victory vs. Binghamton (5/6)
2016: UAlbany’s top close defender, earning America East All-Conference First Team. Started 15 games, finishing with 16 caused turnovers, 16 ground balls and a goal. Began season with three caused turnovers and three ground balls at Syracuse (2/21). Two ground balls and two caused turnovers at Maryland (3/16). Scored first collegiate goal in win over Vermont (4/9), following with two ground balls and two caused turnovers in win over Binghamton (4/16). Caused three turnovers in win vs. Siena (4/26). Scooped four ground balls and caused a turnover in America East Tournament game vs. Hartford (5/5).
2015: America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team member at close defense. Played all 19 games with 11 starts. Finished with 30 ground balls, 13 caused turnovers and 31.7% faceoff % (20-63). Earned three ground balls and a caused turnover each in two games in a row vs. Cornell (2/28) and UMass (3/7). Caused career-high three turnovers in road win against Canisius (3/17). Four ground balls in win at Vermont (4/4). Career-high five ground balls and seven faceoff wins in victory at Bryant (4/14). Two caused turnovers and ground balls at Siena (4/21). Concluded with three ground balls and two caused turnovers in AE Tournament victory vs. Hartford (4/30). Scooped three ground balls and caused a turnover in NCAA Tournament victory at Cornell (5/9).
Before Albany: Lettered four years in lacrosse, two years in football at San Clemente High. … Three-time All-South Coast League honoree, two-time All-Orange County player. … Led team to 16-5 record in his senior year and undefeated tally in conference play. … Named Defensive MVP of the team in 2013 and 2014. … Team captain in 2013 and 2014. … Led the Tritons in caused turnovers his last two seasons.

No. 4 Denver

(Corona del Mar ’15)
2017: Played in 10 games on Denver’s defense … Picked up two ground balls and forced a caused turnover in Denver’s win over Cleveland State (2/25) … Forced a turnover in Denver’s 12-2 win over Providence (4/22).
2016: Saw action in six games in his rookie season with the Pioneers.
Before Denver: A four-year letter winner at Corona del Mar High School … 2015 US Lacrosse High School All-American … 2015 Adrenaline All-American … Played Varsity football as a starting cornerback, winning the state championship in 2014 … Two-time All-CIF football selection.

(St. Margaret’s ’15)
2017: Played in nine games as Denver’s secondary face-off specialist … Finished 8-20 with three ground balls.
2016: Saw action in six games in relief of Trevor Baptiste at the face-off dot … Went 7-for-21 at the X, picking up six ground balls and forcing one turnover.
Before Denver: A four-year letter winner at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School … Two-time Orange County Player of the Year … 2015 US Lacrosse All-American … 2015 Adrenaline All-American game participant … 2015 Scholar-Athlete.

(St. Margaret’s ’16)
2017: Played in two games before suffering an injury … Tallied an assist in Denver’s Face-off Classic win over Cleveland State (2/25). Picked up two ground balls and forced a turnover in Denver’s win over CSU.
Before Denver: Four-year varsity starter, two-time captain at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School … 2016 U.S. Lacrosse All-American … 2016 Adrenaline All-American game participant … 2015 Under Armour Underclass All-American … Also a two-year varsity starter, team captain on the football team, 2015 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Honoree … 2016 John Balak Award Honoree.

(Foothill ’15)
2017: Played in 16 games, starting the first two games before spending the remainder of the season on Denver’s productive third midfield line … Matched his freshman season output with 14 points on 10 goals and four assists … Scored a pair of goals in Denver’s 20-11 win over Georgetown (4/1) and in the National Semifinal loss against No. 1 Maryland (5/27) … Picked up five ground balls and forced a caused turnover.
2016: Played in 11 games, starting the first five at attack in his freshman season … Tallied 14 points on 10 goals and four assists … Netted four goals, including the game-tying and winning goals in the fourth quarter in Denver’s 10-9 win at Air Force (2/13) … Had three points in Denver’s 15-6 win over Ohio State (3/19) on a goal and two helpers … Picked up three ground balls and forced two caused turnovers.
Before Denver: Four-year attackman at Foothill High School … Under Armour Underclassman in 2014 … Under Armour All-American in 2015 … Nike/US Lacrosse West Player of the Year in 2014 … US Lacrosse All-American in 2014 and 2015 … In 22 games in 2015, scored 99 goals, tallied 22 assists and picked up 30 ground balls … Set single-season school records for goals (99), points (121), career goals (269) and career points (361).

No. 5 Yale

(Corona del Mar ’15)
2017: Appeared in two games … Finished with 6 saves.
2016: Two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week … Ivy League Honor Roll … Played 9 games and started six … 61 saves and 5 wins … 10-save games against Harvard and Penn during regular season … .831 save percentage … Faced 208 shots.
Before Yale: Four-year letter winner in both lacrosse and football at Corona-del Mar High School (Newport Beach, Calif.) … Recognized as an All-American by US Lacrosse … Selected All-Orange County three times … Helped the football team win the 2013 state championship with a perfect (16-0) season … Set the school record for most career tackles … The Sea Kings went 75-6 (lacrosse) and 50-6 (football) during his four years … Captain of the lacrosse team as a junior and senior and the football team as a senior … Named the Ron Davis Sea King Male Athlete of the Year … US Lacrosse Academic All-American … National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete honoree … Orange County Football Academic All-American … Won Senior Awards in both Physics and English … Recipient of the Principal’s Award for academic achievement and the Academic Lamp (with highest honors).

(Brentwood School ’15)
2017: Did not see game action.
2016: Played in 1 game.
Before Yale: Played football and lacrosse for four years, named the captain of each team … All-League play for lacrosse since his sophomore year … Academic All-American his senior year … Also earned All-League honors for football his junior and senior year.

No. 6 Notre Dame

Morrison Mirer (Cathedral Catholic ’17)
Before Notre Dame: Under Armour All-America West selection. Named an Adrenaline All-American. Rated 78th in Inside Lacrosse Power 100 Freshman Rankings. Scored 50 goals and added 35 assists in his senior season. Finished career with 140 goals and 52 assists for 192 points. Two-time team MVP and team captain at Cathedral Catholic. Also lettered for three seasons in football, playing strong safety and leading the team to a 15-0 season and state title. Played club lacrosse with RC and the West Coast Starz. Earned four All-Star selections in each year of high school with RC.

(Corona del Mar ’15)
2017: Started all 15 games for the Irish as a defenseman in his second season at Notre Dame. Notched the first assist of his career against Syracuse (4/1) at Arlotta Stadium. Picked up a career-high 25 ground balls, ranking sixth on the team in the category. Tied for fourth on the team in caused turnovers with a career-best seven in 2017.
2016: Suited up in 15 contests in his rookie season with the Irish, posting one goal, nine ground balls and two caused turnovers. Scored a goal in his Notre Dame debut, a 12-7 win over Georgetown (2/20). Represented the U.S. in its victory in the Federation of International Lacrosse U19 World Championship.
Before Notre Dame: Earned varsity letters all four years in lacrosse and football at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach. Received U.S. Lacrosse High School All-America recognition, as well as Under Armour All-America and Adrenaline All-America honors as senior in 2015. Member of U.S. Men’s Lacrosse Under-19 National Team. Co-captained Corona del Mar lacrosse team during junior and senior campaigns. First Team All-Orange County pick in 2014 and 2015. American Family Insurance All-California pick as senior in 2015. Named U.S. Lacrosse High School Academic All-American in 2015. Recipient of Gratzinger Award and Scholarship in 2015. Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse ranked Corona del Mar lacrosse No. 2 in the state of California during senior season. Four-year starter for Corona del Mar football team. Finished his junior campaign undefeated in football (16-0) as his team won California state title. Played club lacrosse for Adrenaline Tropics (post-high school), West Coast Starz (2013-14), OC Kings (2013-14) and Kings Lacrosse/Team America (2012-15). Part of U.S. Lacrosse 30-man training team for 2016 U-19 World Championships

No. 8 Rutgers

(Corona del Mar ’17)
Before Rutgers: Under Armor Underclassman All-American … Orange County Player of the Year … Three-time All-County selection … four-year varsity letter winner … team captain … team was 2016 Orange County champions … also played football his freshman year … parents are Melinda and Fari Pakzad … has an older sister, Jessica … grandfather played basketball at the University of Arizona.

No. 9 North Carolina

Jesse Cuccia (Westlake ’16)
2017: Played both attack and midfield … saw action in four games … scooped up a pair of ground balls against Dartmouth … put on 15 pounds playing football in fall 2016 for UNC’s team, which played in the Sun Bowl.
2016: Played in three games … scored his first career goal in win over Manhattan.
Before UNC: Graduated from Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Calif. … coached by … 2015 high school All-America … named to All-Region Team four times … four-year starter on lacrosse team … captained team three years … twice named squad’s overall MVP and also won offensive MVP on two occasions … named first-team All-County three times … his team was L.A. semifinalists four times and also won four Marmonte League titles … played for three different club teams – Goon Lacrosse L.A. coached by , Tropics Lacrosse California and Long Island Sting Lacrosse coached by Ken Miller … attended multiple camps throughout high school – Tropics 2015, Hotbeds All-Star, UNC All-Star and Colorado All-Star…four-year honor roll.

No. 10 Loyola

(Beverly Hills ’15)
2017: Did not see game action due to injury … Named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2016: Played in three games for the Greyhounds during his first season at Loyola … Made his collegiate debut, playing on the second midfield unit, at Georgetown (3/23) … Also played with the second midfield and had three shots to go with a caused turnover against Bucknell (3/26) … Entered the game at Colgate (4/3).
Before Loyola: Earned four letters in lacrosse at Beverly Hills (California) High School where he was named the 2014 Ocean League Offensive Player of the Year … Scored 51 goals and had 20 assists as a senior in 2015 … Played club lacrosse for several organizations, including the Los Angeles Lazers, Goon Alpha Elite, Vegas Starz Elite, West Coast Starz and Adrenaline Tropics … Was an Adrenaline All-American.

No. 11 Syracuse

(Agoura ’15)
2017: Appeared in three games for Syracuse as a reserve LSM … Picked up one groundball against Cornell (4/11) … Had a career high two groundballs and recorded his first assist against Siena (2/11).
2016:  Played in five games, scooping two groundballs and adding one caused turnover during freshman year … Made collegiate debut, picking up one groundball, against Siena (2/13) … Recorded a groundball and caused a turnover against St. John’s (3/12).
Before Syracuse: Recorded seven goals, seven assists, and 47 ground balls as senior for Agoura High School … Selected for Maverik Showtime during senior season … Earned Marmonte All-League honors … Communication and rhetorical studies major.

Jonathon Partamian (Loyola ’17)
Before Syracuse: Ranked as the No. 29 midfielder in the nation by Inside Lacrosse … Two-time U.S. Lacrosse All-American … Helped lead Loyola to two California Southern-Section Championships under head coach … Three-time All-Mission League and three-time First Team All-Area selection … Scored 118 goals and recorded 58 assists in his high school career, including a 40-goal and 58-point season as a senior … Also played club lacrosse with Legends (West), West Coast Starz, LA Heat and Maverik Showtime All-Stars in addition to his high school team.

Spenser Small (Torrey Pines ’16)
Before Syracuse: 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.

(Eastlake ’17)
Before Syracuse: 2017 Adrenaline All-American … Three-time All-league selection … Two-time Metro Mesa League Player … 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.

No. 14 Towson

Jake Maclean (La Costa Canyon ’16)
2017: Saw time in the midfield in two games during his rookie season … scooped up a ground ball in the season opener at Mount St. Mary’s (Feb. 18).
Before Towson: Played midfield at La Costa Canyon High School for coach … scored 49 goals, 21 assists for 70 points and had 65 ground balls his senior year … named to Adrenaline All-American team in 2016 … earned offensive MVP award two years in a row … named both first team All-League and first team All-CIF in 2016 … two-time CIF champion … scholar-athlete with a 4.08 GPA … also played for the school’s ice hockey team.

(La Costa Canyon ’17)
Before Towson: Played midfield at La Costa Canyon High School for head coaches and … earned San Diego Union-Tribune/Hall of Champions Lacrosse Player of the Year … won several additional honors in 2017 including Male Scholar of the Year, Male Athlete of the Year, Team MVP and was a team captain … Named first and second team All-CIF during his scholastic career … led team to CIF titles in 2015 and 2017 …named Adrenaline All-American … earned all-league honors in 2016 and 2017 … off the field, member of the Nation Honors Society and California Scholastic Federation.

(Trabuco Hills ’16)
2017: Did not see any action during his rookie campaign.
Before Towson: Played midfield at Trabuco Hills High School for coaches Kyle Harrison and Eric Basset … named first team All-Sea View League twice … also earned first team All-County honors … broke the school groundball record by 20 … served for two years as a team captain … named to Under Armour West team … earned All-America honors as a high schooler.

No. 15 Virginia

Jarret Jones (Palos Verdes ’16)
2017 (Georgetown): Played in 13 games, starting in 11. Recovered 25 groundballs and caused eight turnovers.
High School: A three-year captain and four-year letter winner at Palos Verdes High School for Head Coach … Led the Sea Kings to CIF Southern Section-LA Championships in 2014 and 2015 … Named an All-American in 2015 and 2016 … Tabbed the Bay League Player of the Year as a senior in 2016 … Selected First Team All-Bay League all four years … Set records for most career ground balls with 371 and most caused turnovers with 211 … Played club ball for the West Coast Starz under Borell and for FCA … Member of the National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation.

No. 16 Army

Thomas Crabtree (Poway ’14)
2017: Appeared in four games … had two ground balls and two shots against VMI (2/20) … also saw action against UMass (2/11), Lafayette (3/4) and NJIT (3/13).
2016: Saw action in four games … made his collegiate debut against VMI on Feb. 21 … also appeared opposite Holy Cross (March 19), Boston University (April 9) and Navy (April 16) … did not figure statistically.
Before West Point: Four-year letter-winner in lacrosse at Poway High School in San Diego under head coach Zach Burke … attended USMAPS and played for Mac Diange … named second team All-California Interscholastic Federation County as a senior … CIF All-Academic Team selection … also lettered three years in football.

No. 17 Marquette

(Cathedral Catholic ’16)
2017: Played in seven games for the Golden Eagles in his first season … Appeared in his first game for Marquette at Jacksonville (2/18) … Secured a ground ball against No. 14 Richmond (2/25) … Caused a turnover at Robert Morris (3/11)
Before Marquette: Earned three varsity letters in lacrosse at Cathedral Catholic High School … Served as a team captain his senior season … Honored as an Adrenaline All-American … In his high school career, compiled 97 goals, 110 assists (school record) and 82 ground balls for 207 total points … Also was a member of his high school surf team for two years.

(Redondo Union ’15)
2017: Played in six games and scored a goal … Recorded a goal in the season opener against Jacksonville (Feb. 18).
2016: Did not see action as a true freshman after sustaining a broken arm in a scrimmage at Michigan on Jan. 30.
Before Marquette: Four-year letter winner at Redondo Union High School (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and was named team captain during his senior campaign … Garnered the all-class MVP award on three occasions during his high school career … Named first team all-league in 2013 and 2015, and earned team offensive MVP honors for his efforts during his senior season … Named an Adrenaline All-American during his senior campaign … Tallied 89 goals and 113 assists during his four-year high school career.

Owen Weselak (Torrey Pines ’14)
2017: Played in eight games, grabbing six ground balls … Secured a ground ball in the season opener against Jacksonville (Feb. 18)… Notched two ground balls at Richmond (Feb. 25)… Recorded a ground ball versus Ohio State (March 3) and at Robert Morris (March 11).
2016: Appeared in two games and took three face-offs.
2015: Made collegiate debut going 9-15 on face-offs in Golden Eagles’ 10-9 win at No. 18/16 Lehigh (Feb. 7) … Won 7-of-11 faceoffs vs. Detroit (Feb. 27).

(Palos Verdes ’16)
2017: Played in nine games, notching a goal, an assist and three ground balls … Scored his first career goal and secured two ground balls in his first action against Jacksonville (2/18) … Notched an assist versus Detroit Mercy (3/5) … Picked up a ground ball at Robert Morris (3/11).
Before Marquette: Four-year letter winner … Captain for his senior season … Helped his team to four conference championships in four years and two Los Angeles City Championships/CIF runners-up … Honored as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American, Adrenaline All-American, first team all-area and second team all-league in his senior campaign … Selected to the Under Armour Underclass West Team in 2015 … Notched 101 career points despite missing his junior season.

No. 18 Brown

(Corona del Mar ’16)
2017: Saw action in six games … Captured 10-of-11 face-offs in Brown’s win over Dartmouth … Also picked-up seven ground balls against the Big Green.
Before Brown: Lacrosse: 3-year varsity letterman … 3-year varsity starter … Team captain as a senior … 1st-team All-County as a sophomore … 2nd-team All-County as junior … 1st-team All-County as senior … U.S. Lacrosse All-American as senior … CIF South Division champion s… 20-2 as a senior captain … Orange County Player of the Year as senior … Adrenaline All-American … 2-time Under Armour underclassman west team … Adrenaline Tropics … Top 15 athlete at Corona Del Mar HS … Football: 2-year varsity letterman … Soccer: 2-year varsity letterman.

No. 19 Princeton

(Mater Dei ’16)
2017 Played in all 15 games as the No. 1 longstick midfielder … had three caused turnovers and 19 ground balls.
Before Princeton Lettered four times in lacrosse … captain 2015 and 2016 … Selected to Adrenaline All-America Team 2016 … Selected to Under Armour All-America Underclass Team 201 5… Selected to Maverick Showtime Camp and All-Star Team 2014 … Selected to FCA National Team 2013, 2016 … All-Trinity League Honors Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year … First-team All-Trinity League Junior and Senior year … Second Team All-County 2015 … First Team All-County 2016 … Club Lacrosse FCA, Trilogy, and West Coast Starz 2012 – Present … 2016 Academic All-America … 4 years of Mater Dei Football, 3 years on Varsity … Freshman Football Coaches Award … Selected to 2nd Team All-Trinity League Honors 2016 … Wide Receiver of the Year 2013 … Joe O’Hara Award for Outstanding Athletics, Academics, and Character … Principal’s 4.0 Honor Roll Freshman to Senior Year … More than 150 hours of direct community service … National Honor Society and CSF member … entered and left Mater Dei with academic distinction.

Phillip Thompson (Harvard-Westlake ’16)
2017 Played in two games, winning 3 of 3 face-offs.
At Harvard-Westlake Lettered four times in lacrosse and started all four years … 2015 and 2016 US All-America…Adrenaline All-America … Team captain senior year … two-time team MVP … three time All-Mission League … School record holder for goals in a game (10) and season (68), ground balls in a game (26), season (305) and career (857) … Second all-time in both goals (136) and points (180) … 2014 and 2015 Mission League Champions … 2014 US Lacrosse Los Angeles North Division Champions … Played Club for West Coast Starz and Tropics … 2015 Under Armour Team West … Maverik Showtime All-Star … Also Lettered in Football as a running back and defensive lineman … First team all Angelus league … Defensive MVP … 2015 Angelus League Champions … Honor Roll all four years … Cum Laude Society.

No. 20 Boston University

(Oaks Christian ’16)
2017: Appeared in three games … Recorded ground ball in 18-7 win at Colgate on March 13 … Made his collegiate debut in 18-8 win at UMass Lowell on Feb. 11.
Before Boston University: Four-year varsity starter at Oaks Christian … Named a 2016 US Lacrosse All-American … Captained the squad in his final two seasons and was the only junior captain during the 2015 season … Was an all-county and all-league selection as a senior … In 2015, won team’s defensive MVP award after setting a school record for most ground balls in a season … Won Coaches’ Award in 2013 and 2014.

(Loyola ’17)
Before Boston University: Played four years of varsity lacrosse at Loyola High School … Named a US Lacrosse All-American in 2017 after he collected a team-high 149 ground balls (6.4 per game) and captained a defense that averaged 4.9 goals against … Also earned Defensive MVP honors and was a first team all-league selection as a senior … Received the Lion Heart Award for work ethic in 2017 … Scored six goals as a senior as team finished 21-4 for second straight year … Gathered 54 ground balls and earned first team all-league accolades as both a junior and a senior … Helped Loyola win the CIF Southern Section in 2016 and 2017 … As a freshman, collected 27 ground balls and was a second team all-league selection … Also played football and soccer.

Hayden Ruiz (Santa Margarita ’14)
2017: Appeared in all 17 games, starting 16 … Recorded a career-high two goals and matched his career high with two assists for a career-high four points in 8-7 win at Providence on Feb. 4 … Scored the tying goal and assisted on the winner in double overtime at Providence … Found the back of the net with 1:48 remaining in regulation to send the game to overtime in eventual 12-11 victory over Holy Cross on April 21 … Tallied three points (1g, 2a) against Army West Point on April 28 … Had two assists in 18-8 win at UMass Lowell on Feb. 11 and again in 13-8 win over Harvard on March 21 … Scored a goal and added an assist in 18-7 win at Colgate on March 13 … Tallied a goal, an assist and a ground ball at Lehigh on April 1 … Found the back of the net in 15-7 win over Lafayette on March 25, in 12-11 overtime win over then-No. 19 Loyola Maryland on April 15 and again at Army West Point on April 8 … Assisted on a goal and added a ground ball in 12-5 win at Hartford on Feb. 18 …Recorded a ground ball at PC and in 8-7 win at then-No. 17/18 Navy on Feb. 25.
2016: Appeared in 13 games … Totaled six points on three goals and three assists while also securing four ground balls … Tallied a season-high three points (1g, 2a) in 13-10 win at High Point on Feb. 16 … Scored a goal and had a ground ball against Hartford on Feb. 20 … Also found the back of the net against Providence in 9-5 win on Feb. 6 … Recorded a ground ball in wins at then-No. 14 Harvard on March 22, against UMass Lowell on Feb. 12 and at Canisius on March 5 … Assisted on a goal at Holy Cross on April 22.
2015: Appeared in all 13 games, starting four … Tallied 12 goals and four assists for 16 points … Collected 14 ground balls and caused one turnover … Notched his first two collegiate goals in season-opening 18-6 win over Mercer on Feb. 7 … Potted a pair of goals and gathered two ground balls at Lehigh on Feb. 21 … Compiled six-game goal streak from Feb. 21 to March 21 (8g) and had an eight-game point streak from Feb. 21 to March 21 (9g, 4a) … Collected a career-high three points (2g, 1a) and a career-best five ground balls in 11-9 win over Bucknell on March 21 … Notched two points (1g, 1a) in 18-11 win at then-No. 18 Colgate on March 7 … Added two assists at Navy on March 28 … Tallied four ground balls against then-No. 19 Loyola Maryland on April 11 … Recorded a goal at Vermont, at Providence, against Lafayette, at Army West Point and against Holy Cross.
Before Boston University: Played four seasons of varsity lacrosse at Santa Margarita Catholic … Was a 2014 US Lacrosse All-American … Earned first-team all-county honors as a senior … Named attackman of the year as a sophomore and midfielder of the year as a freshman … Selected to All-Trinity First Team during his junior year.

Tristan Ruh (Pacific Ridge ’15)
2017: Appeared in two games before suffering a season-ending injury … Recorded an assist in his season debut, an 18-8 win at UMass Lowell on Feb. 11.
2016: Appeared in 11 games, notching four points on two goals and two assists … Also had three ground balls and a caused turnover … Scored his first collegiate goal to spark a comeback in 10-8 win at Canisius on March 5 … Notched a goal and an assist in 16-6 win at Lafayette on March 26 … Secured his first collegiate point with assist in 8-5 win over UMass Lowell on Feb. 12 … Made his collegiate debut against Providence on Feb. 6, causing one turnover and picking up a ground ball in the 9-5 win … Had a ground ball in 11-6 win over Colgate on March 12 and also recorded a ground ball against UMass Lowell.
Before Boston University:  Four-year varsity letter winner at Pacific Ridge High School … 2015 US Lacrosse All-American … Left Pacific Ridge as its all-time leading scorer with 156 goals and 119 assists for 275 points … Captained squad as a junior and as a senior … 2015 Coastal League Player of the Year … Was a 2015 First Team All-CIF selection.

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  1. 3 boys from JSerra that play for #14 Hofstra University. Jimmy Yannes. Mitch Kingsley and Brenden Lynch.

    • Absolutely, Tim. There are a lot of other kids playing D-I, but for this story we were looking at the preseason Top 20, and Hofstra is sitting just outside the rankings in the “also receiving votes” area. Hofstra is No. 19 in the preseason coaches poll, though. SoCal kids everywhere. Thanks for the note.

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