After going 14-5, winning the Marmonte League and reaching the US Lacrosse Los Angeles semifinals in 2016, the Westlake Warriors followed last spring with a 7-9 record and a first-round playoff exit. Hoping to recapture some of that 2016 magic, the team has named Peter Swander as its new head coach.
Swander was Westlake’s offensive coordinator in 2016, directing an offense that averaged nearly 14 goals per game.
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Westlake is delighted to announce that Peter Swander has returned to the school as its head coach for the JV and varsity programs for the 2017-18 season. Swander has previously coached youth (Hollywood Bears, Catch!), high school (Harvard-Westlake, Westlake) and college (USC) lacrosse in Southern California.
Strong roster returning
Westlake returns to the Marmonte League title hunt loaded with talent and depth up and down the field. The upperclassmen face significant pressure from underclassmen at every position. The state of the program is strong.
Westlake’s attack is led by seniors Duke Cohen and Seamus O’Brien. With shifty junior Nick Reilly in the mix, the unit will be difficult for opponents to contain. The midfield features waves of athletes in depth, with sophomore football star Carson Kuhl expected to be one to watch.
The defense is anchored by seniors Connor Kuhl and Daniel Brandolino, as well as dual-sport athletes Drake Seldin (hockey) and Will Lyman (football).
A face-off specialist like the graduated Kitt Stoddard is not easy to replace, but WHS comes with sophomore Jacob Martin and freshman Jimmy Follette who both offer expertise and resiliency at the X.
The graduation of four-year varsity starter Matt Kilkeary (Delaware) raises the question of who will fill his position minding the Westlake net. With fall-ball numbers high, there are many young goaltenders working hard to prepare for a varsity season between the pipes.
The program’s goal is to retake the Marmonte League championship.