The 2015 Lacrosse Season is underway and the boys of spring are looking forward to carrying the momentum of a strong pre-season camp in to the regular season. Coming off of a tough 2014 campaign, which had seen the loss of 12 seniors from the prior year, the Padres were decisively in rebuilding mode with a relatively young roster that started three freshmen, four sophomores and a majority of first-time varsity players. Now a year older, wiser and more mature, these young Padres have developed a perspective of what they need to do to be successful. Since the very first day, this new look team has worked tirelessly to develop their fundamentals, trying to hold themselves and each other accountable in order to prepare for the season. Their motto, “Earn It,” permeates throughout the team as they prepare to navigate a challenging 20 game schedule. Their ultimate goal - re-establish the program as a contender in the WCAL and Greater Bay Area.
The Attack Unit will be anchored by reigning Team Co-Rookie of the Year, P.J. McGloin ‘17, who led the Padre offense in Assists and Points in 2014. Sharp-shooting Man-Up specialist, Connor Glafkides ’15, returns for his senior season, looking to build off a strong finish in his junior year. Rounding out the top line will be converted midfielder Aaron DeoCampo ‘15, who’s speed and agility will complement his line mates, giving the Padre’s attack a good balance of athleticism, vision and finishing ability.
The Padres will arguably be deepest in the Midfield, as they return several starters and most of their rotation players, only losing one significant contributor from last year’s team to graduation. Juniors Rory Uniake ’16 and Ryan Miller ’16 should find success early, building off a strong pre-Season. Senior speedster Cameron Moore ’15 will bring a change of pace to the top midfield lines, while Sophomores Keevan Chandless ’17 and Ian Schwaab ’17, an all-league honorable mention in 2014, are expected to contribute at both ends of the field and special teams. Newcomers Andrew Petroff ’16 and Peter Rossi ’16 will look to earn minutes after solid camps, with Rossi taking over primary face off duties for the Padres. Seniors Anthony Turner ’15 and Joe Knightly ’15 will provide strong leadership for the Midfield Group.
Defensively, the Padres saw the most turn over this off-season, having lost four seniors, none bigger than All-League honorable mention and Team MVP Matt Peterson. However, the unit should have no issues picking up the slack. Returning Senior Gio Escobar ‘15, who is building off an exceptional first campaign as a full time starter, is expected to anchor the Padre Defense again in goal. Junior Ethan Pratt ’16, a D2 Commit, brings an all around skill set to the top unit, as well as speed in the transition game out of the backfield. Junior James Silva ’16, who has had an impressive off-season and is the only returning first line starter on Defense, will continue to give opposing attack players a hard time this year with his tenacity and athleticism. Newcomers Robert Dicioccio ’16 and Phil Evans ’16, and rookie Elliott Adams ’18 are all expected to contribute off the bench, and on special teams.
The Padres kick off their regular season by visiting Woodside High School on Thursday February 26th; face-off at 7 p.m.