La Costa Canyon is without a doubt the class of the CIF San Diego Section, having gone undefeated last season en route to its fourth section championship in four six years. Longtime coach Dallas Hartley has departed, and Jesse Foss hopes to follow successfully in his footsteps. In that vain, he has put together a formidable nonleague schedule with the intent of challenging the Mavericks and ensuring they are sharp when the postseason arrives. LCC’s biggest strength may be its goalie, senior Eric Sanschagrin, who Foss said has committed to Princeton and is described by his coach as the best keeper he has seen on the West Coast. Mike Riis, a senior long-stick midfielder, and senior midfielder/attacker Michael Gennuso will spearhead the offense. Foss is also expecting big contributions from senior middie Nick Scaramella.
Torrey Pines has been to five finals in nine years, but hasn’t won since 2007 and would like nothing better than to knock LCC from its throne this spring. New coach Jono Zissi will lead a talented squad that is headlined by junior attack and returning all-section pick Sean Doyle. Sophomore Lucas Gradinger should also be a threat up front, and senior John Wilson will anchor the midfield. Zissi said the Falcons’ defense is solid throughout.
Carlsbad missed the playoffs last season, and new coach Tyler Bue is expecting better results this season. With an eye on qualifying for the postseason, the Lancers will lean on a trio of seniors with plenty of experience. Midfielders Kendall Strahl and Chris Decaro will be key offensive cogs, and Mark Beyer is the leader of the defense.
San Dieguito Academy is the league’s lone Division II team, so the Mustangs could struggle against the league’s upper echelon. Junior attack Chase Brokaw was an All-Coastal League selection in 2010 and a potential college recruit, coach Nick Borden said. Senior Daniel Knox will anchor the defense of a team with playoff aspirations.
Fallbrook struggled to a 4-10 record in 2010, but is expecting better this season thanks to an experienced roster. Senior attack Erik Jenkin should lead the offense, and senior middie Jared Yeatman will also be a key contributor. Axel Eyer, a senior, could be among the county’s top goalies, and coach Neil Rodden is expecting sophomore midfielder Scott Vancil to provide an offensive spark.
San Marcos is hoping for better results after an 11-6 regular season last year was followed by a first-round playoff loss.
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