With the program’s inaugural year in the books, Orange Lutheran boys lacrosse is focused on their sophomore season and the new milestones it will bring.
As with girls’ side of the game, boys lacrosse is now recognized as a CIF sport, and the Lancers will not only compete with a full Trinity League schedule, facing each opponent twice over the course of the season but will be battling for a Division 2 playoff spot.
Approximately 50 players will be taking the field across the JV and varsity squads, with many newer players coming in with both a lacrosse background, as well as multi-sport experience. The teams are on the younger side, with the bulk of the roster comprised of freshmen and sophomores. But OLu boys lacrosse head coach Michael Finley believes this sets the program up for long term success.
“The biggest thing we’ve been doing is putting the infrastructure in for a CIF championship-level program,” says Finley. “We are still a very young team, but will be strong in the upcoming years.”
Finley has also strengthened the coaching staff, including adding recent OLu graduate and lacrosse team founding member Brad Leon ’19, as well as OLu freshman football head coach Oscar McBride. With a focus on athleticism and conditioning, the program is looking to build depth across the teams as a complement to skills development.
“We want to use [the conditioning and training] as a weapon,” says Finley. “We want to use the family culture we’re trying to build as a weapon. It’s a no-stars mentality here…we want to out-depth everyone.”
The Lancers kick off their season this week as they face non-league opponents Esperanza and Portola. The excitement of an emerging program on campus paired with the fast pace of the game makes for a bright future for OLu boys lacrosse.
“In this particular place, this community, this area in Orange County,” says Finley, “the sport is a really good fit.”