There was plenty to celebrate — and plenty of awards to go around — when the Olympian High School’s boys lacrosse team held its awards banquet recently.
The Eagles, competing in just their second year, turned in a season for the ages with a final 13-7 record and notable appearance in the quarterfinal-round of the San Diego Section Division II playoffs.
Olympian won its first-ever playoff game by a score of 15-3 over the 11th-seeded El Capitan Vaqueros in opening round play on May 21. Though the sixth-seeded Eagles were eliminated by a 13-5 score against third-seeded Mt. Carmel in their next outing, a statement clearly had been made.
“This was definitely a special season,” OHS coach Keith Quigley noted. “To make the playoffs in only our second season really meant a lot to the team with all the hard work we have put in over those two seasons. Then to get a home playoff game made it even more special, especially with a big first-round win against El Capitan. Definitely a season for this team to always remember.”
Team awards went to Jacob Fuller (most improved player), Aaron Reyes (defenseman of the year), Michael Machuca (midfielder of the year), Alex Medina (attackman of the year), Tyler Santini (hustle award) and goalie J.C. Madrid (most valuable player).
Medina led the Eagles in overall scoring with 53 points (40 goals, 13 assists), followed by Machuca with 48 points (40 goals, 8 assists), Anthony Hughes with 41 points (28 goals, 13 assists), Christian Benitez with 39 points (30 goals, 9 assists and Carlo Reyes with 30 points (22 goals, 8 assists).
Hughes led Olympian defensively with 135 ground balls, followed by Fernando Medel with 116 ground balls and Santini with 100 ground balls.
Medel also won 104 of 186 face-offs while Madrid racked up 257 saves in fashioning a 6.55 goals-against average and 0.685 save percentage.
Medina paced the Eagles with four goals and two assist in the playoff win over El Capitan while Machuca collected two goals and two assists, Benitez scored three goals and Medel scored twice.
Olympian controlled with game with 60 ground balls while Madrid allowed one goal and made eight saves in three quarters of play.
2014 Mesa League
Boys Lacrosse All-League Teams
Jordan Vicente (Eastlake), 11
Ryan Hayes (Eastlake), 12
Santiago Andujo (Eastlake), 11
Christian Haffner (Eastlake), 11
Cristian Moran (Otay Ranch), 12
Peter Lindung (Otay Ranch), 11
Sabin Mosier (Otay Ranch), 12
J.C. Madrid (Olympian), 11
Aaron Reyes (Olympian), 12
Nate Hunt (Bonita Vista), 12
Jared Akers (Hilltop), 12
Player of the Year
Jordan Vicente (Eastlake)
Ronnie Sallee (Eastlake), 11
Jake Randall (Eastlake), 12
Chase Morris (Eastlake), 11
Ruben Villa Ponce (Otay Ranch), 12
Malik Williams (Otay Ranch), 11
Tyler Santini (Olympian), 10
Alex Medina (Olympian), 11
Bruce Lee (Bonita Vista), 12
Robert Rodriguez (Bonita Vista), 12
Andy Barrios (Hilltop), 12
Jacob Moctezuma (Hilltop), 12
Eastlake Titans (7-0 in league)
Titans advance to second round, fall to No. 1 seed in Division I playoffs
Eastlake, after recording its history-making win over Canyon Crest Academy on May 20 to officially become the first Metro Conference boys lacrosse team to win a CIF post-season match, advanced to face top-seeded Pacific Ridge in the ensuing quarterfinals on May 23. The Titans ended their season with a 15-4 record after bowing out of the playoffs by a score of 14-4.
Pacific Ridge went on to drop a 10-8 match-up to fifth-seeded Scripps Ranch in the division semifinals on May 27.
Scripps Ranch, in turn, bowed to second-seeded Carlsbad by a score of 15-10 in the Division I championship game May 31 at Granite Hills High School.
Eastlake scoring leaders
•Ryan Hayes: 48 goals, 47 assists - 95 points
•Jordan Vicente: 60 goals, 23 assists - 83 points
•Jake Randall: 27 goals, 15 assists - 42 points
•Chase Morris: 15 goals, 6 assists - 21 points
•Michaelangelo Aguirre: 15 goals, 4 assists - 19 points
•Andrew Gisler: 15 goals, 4 assists - 19 points
•Garrett Miele: 15 goals, 3 assists - 18 points
•Paris Delgado: 9 goals, 2 assists - 11 points
Ground balls: Christian Haffner 138, Jordan Vicente 86, Chase Morris 60, Santiago Andujo 45, Andrew Gisler 40, Ronnie Sallee 39, Ryan Hayes 36, Jake Randall 36
Face-offs won: Chase Morris 87/126, Christian Haffner 38/49, Michaelangelo Aguirre 37/68
Goalie saves: Nathan McPeak 108, 5.11 GAA, 0.577 save percentage