Former lacrosse star to coach team

By Michael Aronson

Former All-American lacrosse goalie Jay Pfeifer will coach the varsity lacrosse team this season.

“Everyone I have met so far at the school has been very nice and enthusiastic about getting this going, so I’m excited,” Pfeifer said.

Pfeifer won two national championships as the starting goalie for the Syracuse Orange.

He was on the All-Tournament team throughout the playoffs in both championship runs, and he was a captain in his junior and senior years.

At the end of his college career, Pfeifer was second on Syracuse’s all time saves list.

“Jay Pfeifer is a leader,” Head of Athletics Audrius Barzdukas said. “He has a clear and compelling vision for our program that stresses high character and academic excellence, team before self, hard work and commitment. Harvard-Westlake lacrosse has a bright future.”

After college, Pfeifer coached defense at Cathedral High School in San Diego. He then became the head coach of Thousand Oaks High School. Last year, he was the Head Coach at Pepperdine University.

The lacrosse team starts training this week for the spring season where the boys will try to replicate last year’s 13-0 record and sweep of rival Loyola Cubs.

“We are going to have great coaches on all levels,” Pfeifer said. “Our players are going to learn how to play the game the right way and have fun doing it.”