Devin Arkison of LockdownD.com defensive training and recruiting assistance has been out to quite a few games this season and really likes what he sees in the class of 2021. Here are just a few of the sophomores that he says are already making a difference
Ed Shean, Los Alamitos: Baller Alert, Ed can play! Started as freshman a season ago and was very good tallying 51 goals and 42 assists.. Ed has started quickly in 2019 including a seven-goal beast mode performance vs Santa Margarita Catholic, scoring the game winner in the 11-10 win. In addition Ed was named a captain as a sophomore, that’s rare. Freshman teammate Drew Anderson has also started very strong for the Griffs, scored 3 goals vs Santa Marg, and big numbers overall. The future is bright at Los Al.
Shane Dzwilewski: The sophomore from St Margret’s should be a factor this season. Shane got run in 2018 as a freshman. Normally a close-D, he was was thrown in at LSM to cover one of the OC’s top middies (a senior) in last year’s OC semi final game. early in first quarter due to injury. Dzwilewski was up to the task, not getting beat a step in the one-goal victory. Shined in big spot. Now 6’2 vs 5’11 last season he looks ready to step up for the Tartans. Should be big factor as cover guy at close dee for top ranked team in OC vs top competition. Coach Miles always schedules the top teams and and will play anyone.
Jack Rogers, San Clemente: Rogers was very good as a freshman for coach Finn last season. 41 goals and 28 assists against some very good competition. As a shooter, feeder or dodger his game is nice. High lax IQ. Has started the season strong, should get better as the season progresses and be factor come playoff time for the Tritons as young team gels.
Trevor Krause, Yorba Linda: Started all games at defense except the opener in 2018 as a freshman. Was named all-league and collected 42 ground ball as well as being an excellent cover guy. Covered Los Al’s Shean in 2018 and did very well in an 11-4 win. This season in the opener vs CDM, Krause was a big factor. 5 ground balls, 3 caused turn overs vs #3 ranked OC team. Clearing decisions were next level, created transition goal on ankle breaker move at the midline and got hockey assist in tight 6-5 loss. Trevor has a chance to help Coach Schreiber’s team roll this year, talent at every position.
Joey Garcia, Foothill: Started in the goal as a freshman last season along with Braden Webb. No easy task at Foothill. Coach Fox is known to have a tough schedule year after year. Foothill doesn’t duck anyone. If you didn’t know Joey was a freshman last year you’d never have guessed it. He is very polished. He was excellent Saturday vs Oak Park with 12 saves. Good shot at break out year and a title in 2019. Foothill’s 2021 class is very with Anderson, Saukeld, Pistone, Babb, Yourstone, Keizler and a couple more I may have missed, could have made this list.
The Los Alamitos boys lacrosse started its season on a strong note by beating Oak Park 16-10 at home in the OC Invitational. Freshman Drew Anderson (six goals) and sophomore Ed Shean (four goals, four assists) powered the Los Al offense.
“We have a lot of new faces on the team this year. We graduated 17 seniors last year, so having some guys on the field and them firing out the gate gave us a lot of confidence,” Griffins coach Tim Fox said.
A hot start also benefited the Griffins, as they led 8-0 after the first quarter. The Eagles made the game interesting by scoring six goals in the second quarter, but still trailed 11-6 at halftime.
The Eagles got the goal differential down to as little as three, but couldn’t get any closer, as the Griffins kept answering back, eventually putting the game out of reach.
In addition to to the output form Anderson and Shean, James Hightower (3g, 1a), Matt Caressi (1g, 1a), Jake Runnels (1g) and Nick Weinmann (also scored) for the Griffins, who got 14 saves from Guido Cuccia.
“Knowing that he [Anderson] came out without being timid, without having any fear and just firing the ball and finishing the ball was beautiful,” Fox said.
Charles Wilson had seven groundballs for the Griffins while Daniel Kees had one groundball and three forced turnovers. Kees said one thing that he liked was that his team stuck together despite Oak Park trying to make a comeback.
“It was all team, not just one individual. We fought for every groundball, we got a couple of key saves from our goalie [Guido] and we came together,” Kees said.
For the Eagles, Max Manyak led the way with five goals. Marcus Jasso (2g, 2a), Tyler Bradbury (1g), Sam Peters (1g, 1a) and Cade Owens (1g) added goals for the Eagles, which got six saves from Connor Kaminsky.
Both teams resume play on Wednesday. Los Alamitos (1-0) plays Foothill at home while Oak Park (0-1) travels to play at Santiago.
Senior Daniel Kees and sophomore Ed Shean were selected by their teammates to be captains of the 2019 Los Alamitos boys’ lacrosse team.
“I have big expectations for Daniel and Ed this season, helping our team to reach the goals we’ve set forth.” said Coach Tim Fox.
Kees, a two-year varsity LSM, earned second team All – Sunset League honors last season with 45 ground balls, 20 forced turnovers, 1 goal and 1 assist. He is committed to play NCAA Division 3 lacrosse at Elmhurst College in Illinois.
“Daniel has matured into a defensive leader who holds his teammates accountable for their actions.” said head coach Tim Fox. “As a senior and one of our captains, he will help set the tone for our D.”
Shean finished his freshman campaign with 93 pts, 69 ground balls and 13 forced turnovers. He was named First Team All Sunset League and All County Honorable Mention last year. Shean also played in the Under Armour underclassman games this past summer.
“Ed has an incredible lax IQ, with the skills to match,” said Fox. “He made an instant impact his freshman season last year starting at attack on varsity (w/90pts in reg season!). To have his fellow teammates select him as captain, as a sophmore, says more than I ever could.”