The Yorba Linda High School Mustangs clinched their second consecutive Century League Friday night after handily defeating the Esperanza High School Aztecs 8-1.
The win brings them to 14-2 this season with only two games left to play. The Mustangs are now an impressive 30-4 over the last two seasons. Following last year’s success the Mustangs stepped up the strength of schedule this season and their only losses were to two Top 10 teams, St. Margaret’s (7-3) and Great Oak (8-4).
The Mustang starters for the championship game were Brandon Cyprien, Kaidon Newberry, and Kyle Price at attack, midfielders Jack Diederich and Ryan Viadero , LSM Justin Anderson, defenseman Mitchell Flood, Kevin Anthony, and Nick Viadero and Goalie Mark Renfro. Following the leadership of Viadero, Diedrich, and Flood, the Mustangs have responded well to the demands and high expectations of Program Director and Head Coach Mike Schreiber. With Schreiber at the helm and the influx of talent that the team’s success is attracting, Yorba Linda lacrosse appears to have a very bright future.
Viadero, who earned his fourth varsity letter this year and will represent Spain in the World Lacrosse Championships this summer, showed great leadership in taking command of the offense by distributing the ball and creating multiple assist and goal scoring opportunities for the entire offense. He will graduate in a few weeks as the Mustangs’ All-Time Point Leaders.
Diederich, a talented athlete with raw speed and power developed several new offensive weapons this season to become a top all-around player and a leading point scorer. At crucial times in the game, Diedrich has the ability to come up with the key play and tends to always be a part of the action whether on the defensive or offensive end of the field. He will finish his fourth varsity season using his leadership, attitude, and motivation to help the Yorba Linda High School Lacrosse Program reach the next level.
The results of Flood’s hard work in the offseason, which included seeking out top flight competition by playing for clubs like Crush Elite, were apparent in his improvement in the transition game. He initiated a number of fast break goals this season with his clearing and passing ability. Flood led a stingy and aggressive defense that liked to pressure the offense and create turnovers. Flood says “Communicating on the field and giving to each other while respecting and playing together is our key to success. Oh and a great goalie like Mark Rentfro doesn’t hurt either!”
One of the Mustang strengths this year has been their depth, and other key contributors include Corey Castro, Sean McDonald, Spencer Chabot, Jonah Felty, JT Timmins, Noah Tonies, Jake Norton, Alex Vega, Nick Bazzo, Michael Ripley, Matt Sparkman, Ian Shapiro, Ryan Guerrero, and Jacob Pagoaga.
Many of the Varsity players also participate in coaching and training of the Yorba Linda Lightning Lacrosse Program and League (where the programs future is born). When asked about his favorite memory Mitchell Flood said, “Watching the Finke brothers (who he coached and are both on the YLHS JV Team) play this year. These guys are as big as some of the seniors and I had the chance to coach them.”
Next up Senior Night Monday against Temecula Valley!