North County Conference
La Costa Canyon:
The Mavericks boast two NCAA Division I signees on their roster this spring —- Steven Bogert (Hofstra) and Reid Tudor (Penn) —- and, perhaps even more significant, they return 14 seniors and six starters from a team that went to the CIF San Diego Section championship game in 2009 (it’s seventh straight title-game appearance). Along with Bogert and Tudor, the Mavericks return goalie Eric Sanschagrin, midfielders Andrew Hayden and Michael Gennuso, and attackman Timmy Andrews.
Rancho Bernardo: Broncos coach Bruce Seitz says it’s a little early in the year to be making predictions, but with a team full of talented returners from his 2009 squad he likes his team’s prospects. Rancho Bernardo has a slew of stars on its roster, including senior attackman Austin Bokmeyer, who will play at Army next year, junior midfielder Tyler Ekeroth and junior goalie Zach Weaver. Ekeroth and Weaver are the Nos. 1- and 4-ranked juniors in the West, according to westsidelax.com.
Torrey Pines: The Falcons consider their 2009 showing —- they lost in the section quarterfinals —- a subpar year, coach John Principi said. They’ll seek redemption with seven returning starters, including goalie Alex Perkins, midfielders Erik Meyers and Jeff Butler, and attackmen Sam Anakar and Sean Doyle (attack). All except Doyle, a sophomore, are seniors.
Poway: The Titans return their entire attack from a 2009 team that lost in the CIF quarterfinals. Senior attackman and team captain Jack McGarry will be their leader, with returning juniors Henry Donahue and Connor Sanit by his side.
Carlsbad: The Lancers made the playoffs for the first in the program’s history last spring, and hope to contend for their first postseason victory this spring. Junior midfielders Kendall Strahl and Chris Decaro, senior attackman Dillan Rice and junior defenseman Mark Beyer are Carlsbad’s top returning players. Freshman goalie Addison Sherwood should also make an impact.
Mt. Carmel: The Sundevils are off to a 1-3 start, with their one victory coming against Monte Vista.
Westview: The Wolverines are 1-1 this spring, with a victory over Mira Mesa and a loss to Grossmont.
San Marcos: The Knights are off to a 3-1 start this spring, and coach Mike Mathai, who’s team is in its fourth year as a varsity program, couldn’t be more pleased. The Knights are hoping to make the postseason, despite playing in what he calls arguably the toughest conference in the state. San Marcos will be led this season by senior attackman Imari Davis, and senior defenders Carlos Hargett and Mitch Mathai.
Fallbrook: Last year, the Warriors went 9-9 —-their best record in the program’s three-year history. But that team featured 12 seniors off that squad, and new coach Paul Morgan says nearly 80 percent of his players are freshmen or sophomores. Defenders Jonah Erickson and Jesus Rojas, and midfielders Jared Yeatman and Scott Vancil have fared the best thus far. Erickson and Vancil are freshmen.
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Canyon Crest Academy: The Ravens are looking to improve upon last season’s two-victory performance. They return senior attackman Zach Dekker, senior defenseman David Harris, senior midfielders JP Hayes, and sophomore goalie Eric Bartell. The goal is to win 10 games, and the presence of promising freshman attackman Alex Handzel should only help.
Cathedral Catholic: The Dons return four starters from a team that reached the section semifinals and went 15-6 in 2009. Yale-bound defenseman Alex Moffit and middie Patrick Frais, both seniors, lead the Dons. Connor Haas and Connor Valenzuela also return, and newcomer Taylor Esoldi is a solid addition.
San Dieguito Academy: The Mustangs are young and small. Their roster features just three seniors, and their starting lineup includes six sophomores and a freshman goalie. But coach Nick Borden likes San Dieguito Academy’s talent and speed. Attackman Chase Brokaw was a team leader as a freshman last spring. After him, the Mustangs will look to juniors Daniel Knox and Kyle Znacko, and senior attack Tommy Rodrigues.
Santa Fe Christian: The Eagles graduated nine players, including four starters from their 2009 team, which placed second in the Coastal League. So it’s a rebuilding year. Still, Santa Fe Christian expects solid goaltending from senior Jackson DuPont and veteran field leadership from senior midfielders Kurt Luedtke and Keaton Giannotti.