Fri, Apr 11 2014 02:32 AM Posted By: Phillip Brents
The Otay Ranch High School boys lacrosse team is alive and “doing well,” according to new head coach Adrian Rodriguez.
“We are in our rebuilding year — we have outstanding underclassmen and juniors who have helped us,” Rodriguez noted.
Outstanding juniors, according to the Mustang coach, include defender/long stick middie Peter Lindung, defender/long stick middie Malik Williams and defender Jensen Peterson.
“Junior midfielder Cesar Moran has been a power house in shooting,” Rodriguez further noted. “His senior brother Cristian Moran has been a leader and by far our best player — we can put him anywhere and he will succeed.
“Attackman Ruben Ponce has been a great asset in scoring as well. Between the pipes we have senior Sabin Mosier, who he has been on fire. Freshman Cole Houck is an outstanding defenseman and will be exciting to see in years to come.”
The team has been gaining confidence in the early weeks of the season. Otay Ranch opened the new campaign with losses to San Marcos (16-2 on March 8), Carlsbad (16-0 on March 19), Francis Parker (9-7 on March 21) and Canyon Crest Academy (12-6 on March 24) before recording its first win on Wednesday – 15-0 in a non-league game at Southwest.
The Mustangs face off Mesa League play with a home game Monday against Bonita Vista. Game time is 5 p.m.
Rodriguez remains optimistic about his team’s fortunes.
“When it comes down to league, it will be a dog fight, but we are locked and ready for each game,” he said. “We play with high intensity and a sense of urgency. We take one game at a time and believe in our system.”
In a non-league game on Thursday, defending league champion Eastlake flattened host Chula Vista, 21-0, to improve to 7-3 on the season in the first of nine consecutive conference match-ups to close out regular season play.
Ryan Hayes turned in a highly productive game with three goals and eight assists to lead all players on the field with 11 points. Fellow senior Jake Randall followed with five goals and two assists for seven points while junior teammate Jordan Vicente followed with three goals and three assists.
Ronnie Sallee recorded his best offensive showing of the season with four goals while Michaelangelo Aguirre scored three times, Chase Morris had two goals and one assist, Paris Delgado had one goal and one assist and Andrew Gisler, Andrew Baker, Garrett Miele and Michael Kohler each scored one goal.
Junior Christian Haffner scooped up 13 ground balls to lead the victors while freshman goalie Nathan McPeak made three saves to post the shutout win.
Eastlake faces off Mesa League play Monday against visiting Hilltop (5-5). Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The Lancers have generated some momentum with back-to-back wins against Montgomery (6-3 on Monday) and Mar Vista (7-2 on Wednesday) to even their record at .500.
Bonita Vista raised its season record to 4-3 following a 4-3 overtime win at Monte Vista in a non-league game played Monday.
Southwest, the top South Bay League team in terms of early season record, picked up its second win of the spring with a 5-4 double overtime victory March 28 at San Diego High.
Metro Conference 2014 Standings
Olympian Eagles 0-0, 7-1
Eastlake Titans 0-0, 7-3
Bonita Vista Barons 0-0, 4-3
Hilltop Lancers 0-0, 5-5
Otay Ranch Mustangs 0-1, 1-4
South Bay League
Southwest Raiders 0-0, 2-4
Montgomery Aztecs 0-0, 1-6
Mar Vista Mariners 0-0, 0-4
Chula Vista Spartans 0-0, 0-5
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