A scan of the rosters for each of the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Men’s Preseason Top 20 teams turned up 31 SoCal players, another sure sign of the continued growth of the game on the West Coast.
Among those 31 players from Southern California were four each listed on the rosters of No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 9 Denver, who are scheduled to meet in the Pacific Coast Shootout on Saturday, March 9, at Orange Coast College. Tickets for the PCS are available here.
No. 10 Syracuse and No. 20 Marquette also list four SoCal players on their rosters.
Even more impressive, nine of the 31 SoCal players — nearly 30 percent — are first-year freshmen.
Of course, those 31 don’t include SoCal players at NCAA D-I programs outside the Nike/US Lacrosse preseason Top 20 or SoCal players at D-II or D-III programs. And a handful SoCal players who were on D-I rosters last season were missing this season for one reason or another, an indication of how difficult it can be to spend four years as a student-athlete in a top program.
SoCal Players in NCAA Top 20
No. 1 Yale
Goalie Hoyt Crance, senior, Corona del Mar; middie Austin Bleibtreu, senior, Brentwood.
Crance has appeared in 15 games in three seasons, starting six. He has a career GAA of 9.27 and a save percentage of .507. Bleibtreu has appeared in four games in his Yale career.
No. 2 Duke
Middie Ryan Hastings, senior, Bishop’s School; goalie David McCann, senior, Palos Verdes.
Hastings has appeared in 15 games in two seasons, scoring three goals and recording one assist while collecting four ground balls. McCann has appeared in 11 games for the Blue Devils, posting a 6.24 GAA and .643 save percentage.
No. 3 Maryland
Attack Anthony DeMaio, sophomore (redshirt), Coronado; A/M Nicholas DeMaio, freshman, Coronado.
Anthony DeMaio appeared in 18 games as a redshirt freshman last spring, posting 13 points on seven goals and six assists. Nicholas transferred midterm to Maryland from Avon Old Farms, where he was preparing for a post-grad season.
No. 4 Cornell
Middie Conor O’Brien, senior, Westlake; FOGO Hunter Hughes, junior, Thousand Oaks.
O’Brien played in three games as a freshman, then sat out the 2017 season and appeared in two games last spring. Hughes is a 29-year-old walk-on who joined the Big Red after serving six years in the U.S. Marine Corp. He played lacrosse at Thousand Oaks HS and recently served as an assistant coach with Westlake HS.
No. 5 Virginia
Attack Paul Rodriguez, freshman, Harvard Westlake.
No. 6 Loyola
Middie Payton Rezanka, freshman, Cathedral Catholic.
No. 7 Johns Hopkins
No. 8 Notre Dame
Middie Quentin Buchman, freshman, Santa Margarita Catholic; middie Mo Mirer, sophomore, Cathedral Catholic; defender Hugh Crance, senior, Corona del Mar; LSM Justin Cheng, freshman, Beckman.
A two-year starter for the Irish, Crance has recorded 64 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers in 45 career games. Mirer appeared in one game as a freshman last season.
No. 9 Denver
Middie Ellis Geis, freshman, Foothill; FOGO Ryan Harnisch, senior, St. Margaret’s; attack Sam Harnisch, RS sophomore, St. Margaret’s; LSM Brett Greenlee, senior, Corona del Mar.
Ryan Harnisch has appeared in 16 career games for the Pioneers, winning 17 of 44 face-offs and collecting 10 ground balls. Sam Harnisch appeared in two games as a freshman, recording one assist and two ground balls before suffering an injury; he missed the 2018 season to injury, as well. Greenlee has appeared in 20 career games, recording two ground balls and two caused turnovers.
No. 10 Syracuse
Middie Spencer Small, junior, Torrey Pines; LSM Jonah Swigart, senior, Agoura; middie Jonathan Partamian, sophomore, Loyola; goalie Nathan McPeak, RS freshman, Eastlake (Chula Vista).
Small appeared in three games last season, his first with the Orange. Swigart has appeared in eight games in his three seasons, picking up five ground balls and causing one turnover. Partamian appeared in five games as a freshman, picking up one ground ball.
No. 11 Penn State
No. 12 North Carolina
Middie Jesse Cuccia, senior, Westlake; defender Evan Egan, freshman, Torrey Pines.
Cuccia has appeared in 10 games in three seasons with the Tar Heels, recording one goal.
No. 13 Lehigh
No. 14 Rutgers
LSM/D Jordan Pakzad, sophomore, Corona del Mar.
Pakzad did not appear in any games as a freshman, according to the Rutgers lacrosse website.
No. 15 Ohio State
No. 16 UMass
No. 17 Albany
No. 18 Georgetown
No. 19 Princeton
D/LSM Nick Bauer, junior, Mater Dei; FOGO Philip Thompson, junior, Harvard Westlake.
Bauer played in all 15 games as the Tigers’ No. 1 LSM as a freshman in 2017, collecting 19 ground balls and three caused turnovers. He appeared in 10 games last season, collecting eight ground balls. Thompson has appeared in five games in two seasons, winning eight of 19 face-offs and collecting three ground balls.
No. 20 Marquette
Attack Ryan Fazio, junior, Cathedral Catholic; middie Trevor Peay, freshman, St. Margaret’s; middie Peter Henkhaus, junior, Palos Verdes; defender Patrick Casani, freshman, Loyola.
Fazio has scored 11 points (5g, 6a) in 21 career appearances and has twice been named to the Big East All-Academic Team. Henkhaus also has appeared in 21 games in two seasons and has scored eight career goals and handed out three assists.
All the roster, participation and statistical information above was compiled from official NCAA team websites.
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