In the summer of 2010, 21 of Orange County’s hottest, most talented middle school lacrosse players were handpicked to play on a “dream team” that would tour the United States, play in top tournaments and put Orange County on the lacrosse map. Coached by former Johns Hopkins University All-American midfielder and assisted by former University of Maryland star and local coach Jason Leneau, the team would be called “” in honor of Nick Colleluori, a former lacrosse player who died from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and whose parents started “The Headstrong Foundation” in his honor.

Starting in April with training at different fields in south Orange County, the team started to take shape under Harrison’s tutelage. Players were selected from around the county and all were either in 7th or 8th grade.

“For me, as an East Coast guy living on the West Coast, it was the first group I saw out West that was really committed to reaching their potential,” says Harrison, a three-time All-American at JHU and the 2005 Tewaaraton Trophy winner as the National Player of the Year. “They were competitive, attentive, coachable and extremely skilled from the first time I worked with them at that random park in OC. The more complicated the drill, the more focused they became, which at that age was rare. IQ wise, especially on the offensive end, the boys were more advanced than any other group of west coast kids I had worked with at that point.”

The team lived up to its promise. In a span of action starting in late May and ending in late July, Team Relentless posted an amazing 54-6 record while playing the best club teams in the country in tournaments in San Diego, Denver, Seattle, Long Island, Pennsylvania and Vail, Colo. In those 60 games, Team Relentless averaged 9.3 goals scored per game, allowing only 3.05 goals per game.

The group of players would head on to high school the following two years. Seven played at JSerra, five at Santa Margarita Catholic, four at Tesoro, two at Mission Viejo, and one each at San Clemente, St. Margaret’s and Trabuco Hills.

The Team Relentless roster: Avery Beck (SMCHS), Sage DeVault (Tesoro), Ravi Dhouni (SCHMS), Chaz Dotson (JSerra), Hunter Edington (St. Margaret’s), Teddy Finley (Mission Viejo), Gunner Garn (Tesoro), (San Clemente), Tucker Guyot (JSerra), Rome Innocenzi (Mission Viejo), (JSerra), (JSerra), Yuta Murata (JSerra), Logan Olmsted (JSerra), Chris Reck (Trabuco Hills), (SMCHS), Quinn Toohey (Tesoro), Blake Warner (Tesoro), Max Vought (SCHMS), Zach Wiser (SMCHS) and (JSerra).

Over the next five years, the 21 players racked up an impressive resume:

-6 U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans

-13 All-Orange County honors

Now eight years later, that group of boys is now about to graduate from college. MaxLax pulled out the Team Relentless roster to see where the former Team Relentless players are now and what happened to them after graduating high school.

Of the 21 players, 14 went on to play collegiate lacrosse, and nine earned Division I scholarships:

Hofstra: Mitch Kingsley, Brendan Lynch, James Yanes, Chaz Dotson (all JSerra)

Boston University: Hayden Ruiz (Santa Margarita Catholic)

High Point: Peyton Garrett (San Clemente)

Jacksonville: Tucker Guyot (JSerra)

Manhattan: Hunter Edington (St. Margaret’s Episcopal)

Michigan: Gunner Garn (Tesoro)

Five went on to play at other levels of collegiate lacrosse:

Arizona State (MCLA): Sage DeVault (Tesoro)

US Merchant Marine (D3): Teddy Finley (Mission Viejo)

Colby (D3): Yuta Murata (JSerra)

Colorado Mesa (D2): Logan Olmsted (JSerra)

Colorado State (MCLA): Blake Warner (Tesoro)

“These kids, and parents, did an incredible job helping push SoCal lacrosse to get people all over the country talking,” said Harrison. “From heading back East and beating teams up, to eventually getting HS All-American honors and Division 1 scholarships. Every time I see a highlight of one of the boys we smile (my wife and I–she was around when these guys were in 6th grade!). I couldn’t be more proud of the players and more importantly, the young men that they’ve all grown up to be.”

With the Division 1 season starting this weekend, here’s a quick look at the remaining six Division 1 players from Team Relentess:

Hayden Ruiz

Boston University, Sr.

Midfielder

-Santa Margarita Catholic HS

-US Lacrosse All-American

-First team All-Orange County

-Scored 62 goals, 36 assists for Team Relentless

2018 Outlook: Hayden enters the season as a first-line midfielder and has 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) in 28 games played. He opened the 2018 season in style with 1 goal and 2 assists in an overtime win over Providence.

 

Peyton Garrett

High Point University, Sr.

Midfielder

-San Clemente HS

-US Lacrosse All-American

-First team All-Orange County

-Scored 71 goals, 45 assists for Team Relentless

2018 Outlook: Peyton enters the season as a first-line midfielder and was named a team captain. He has 24 points (14 goals, 10 assists) in 34 career games for the Panthers.

 

Mitch Kingsley

Hofstra University, Sr.

Attack/Midfielder

-JSerra Catholic HS

-US Lacrosse All-American

-First team All-Orange County

-Scored team-leading 115 goals, 37 assists for Team Relentless

2018 Outlook: Mitch moved to defensive midfielder from attack this season. He has scored 2 goals in 11 games played for the Pride.

 

Brenden Lynch

Hofstra University, Sr.

Defensive Midfielder

-JSerra Catholic HS

-Second team All-Orange County

-Scored 64 goals, 46 assists for Team Relentless

2018 Outlook: Brenden has been a standout defensive midfielder over the past two seasons. He’s racked up 58 ground balls while adding five assists in 36 games played.

 

Jimmy Yanes

Hofstra University, Jr.

Attack

-JSerra Catholic HS

-US Lacrosse All-American

-First team All-Orange County

-Scored 25 goals, 14 assists for Team Relentless

2018 Outlook: Jimmy had a breakout season in 2017, scoring 20 goals and 5 assists in 14 games.

 

Gunner Garn

University of Michigan, Jr.

Goalie

-Tesoro HS

-Second team All-Orange County

-Went 51-6 in goal for Team Relentless

2018 Outlook: The tall lefty appeared in one game for the Wolverines in 2017, facing 8 shots and making one save in a 15-10 win over Detroit Mercy.

 

 

 

–By MaxLaxOC staff

 

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