Lacrosse team loses first round of CIF playoffs


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STICK TO THE SCRIPT: Midfielder Ben Webber ’22 takes on a defender before passing to a teammate in a match against Sierra Canyon High School. The team ended its season with a 10-9 loss against Tesoro High School in the first round of CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs May 2.

Charlie Seymour

The lacrosse team lost to Tesoro High School 10-9 in the first round of Division I CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS) playoffs, ending the season with a 10-7 overall record and a 5-4 record in the Mission League. The team placed third in the Mission League, behind Loyola High School and St. Francis High School. 

Attackman Ariel Soler-Camiel ’24 said the program’s small roster and vast range of skill level made it difficult for the team to develop a sense of consistency during practices.

“The team’s greatest weakness was our lack of depth [in the roster],” Soler-Camiel said. “We don’t have enough players to form a junior varsity team, so a lot of younger players had trouble developing their skills throughout the season.”

Lacrosse Program Head Erik Krum said the wide array of ages on the team posed a challenge at first but gave the program greater depth that created a positive and competitive environment for player development.

“Our team had great chemistry [toward the end of the season],” Krum said. “From freshman to seniors, everyone gelled very well together and we had a great team dynamic.”

Midfielder Connor Bunnak ’24 said while his teammates played well against most teams, they had trouble matching more highly skilled programs. Bunnak said the team’s younger players will use the offseason to improve their play so they can fill the roles left behind by the graduating players.

“This season, we were not able to play up against better teams,” Bunnak said. “We competed well against most teams, but we weren’t able to step up and maintain our level of play against the really good teams like Loyola High School, Sierra Canyon High School or Los Alamitos High School. A lot of our underclassmen are playing summer ball, so we will get more experience against better competition, which should help us  next season.”

With 10 seniors in the program, Soler-Camiel said the influence of the older players fostered a familial team culture that helped him enjoy playing for the school this season.

“The key to my success [this year] was using the upperclassmen as role models,” Soler-Camiel said. “I was lucky because the last two years of seniors were all so enthusiastic about lacrosse that I developed an even deeper passion for the sport. [The relationships between upper and underclassmen] made [the team] flow really well together, which helped us find success in a lot of our challenging games.”

Soler-Camiel said the future for the lacrosse program is hopeful because he recognizes his teammates’ motivation to win a championship title in the coming seasons.

“The team can improve by focusing on consistency regarding independent practice,” Soler-Camiel said. “We have a talented that I know can be very successful in the future if there is a general buy-in into the sport next season.”

Midfielder Ben Webber ’22 said the unique relationships he formed with his teammates  and coaches throughout his time in the lacrosse program will stay with him long after he graduates this year.

“Our team had an amazing camraderie, and it was fun to see all the [players] getting along on our team, no matter their age or gender,” Webber said.