Six members of the Junipero Serra Lacrosse team have been recognized by West Catholic Athletic League, earning All League Nominations for the 2015 Season. Senior Goalie Gio Escobar, Junior Midfield Rory Uniacke, and Sophomore Attack PJ McGloin have earned spots on the 1st Team All WCAL, while Senior Midfield Joe Knightly, and Junior Defenders Ethan Pratt and James Silva have landed on the second team.
Finishing his career as the program's all-time leader in Saves (393), Save Percentage (58.8%) and Goal's Against Average (8.41), Gio Escobar, was an anchor for the Padres, leading the team to a 4-2 league Mark, 13-8 overall, while picking up his first ever League Playoff Win. He posted at least 10 saves or more in 15 of 20 contests, helping the Padres total their most wins in a season in program history.
Making the move to midfield for the 2015 Season, Rory Uniacke earns his first ever nod on the all-league team. His team leading 31 Goals was paced by several stellar league performances, posting multi-Goal games against Archbishop Mitty, Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Francis and Archbisop Rhiordan, and posted at least 2 goals in 12 of 20 contests overall.
Quarterbacking the offense, McGloin had a breakout Sophomore Year, leading all Padres with 29 Goals and 46 assists. He posted at least one point in all but one contest on the year, and ranked in the top 10 for points in WCAL. He set a program record for Assists (10) and Points (11) in a game against Archbishop Rhiordan (4/20/15). This is his second time being recognized by the league, after earning All League Honorable Mention during his rookie season.
Senior Joe Knightly earns his first Lacrosse honor as a Defensive Midfielder and utility man for the Padres. Often the fastest player on the field, Knightly posted minutes on the team's top face-off unit, Man Down Unit and was the team's Top Defensive midfielder. His impact was most felt in transition, as he would help push the break for the Padres. He finished the year with 38 ground balls, 2 goals and 3 assists.
Junior Ethan Pratt had an exceptional Campaign for the Padres in 2015. Playing a hybrid Defender role, Pratt would often draw the opposing teams top offensive player. He was a force in the middle third of the field, averaging 4.75 ground balls per game, setting a program record for Ground balls (95) in a season. Pratt would also help on the offensive end, finishing the season with 8 goals and 3 assists in transition.
One of only two Three-Year Letterwinners for the Padres, Silva Started all 20 games for the Padres this season on the top defensive line. He marked each teams top attacker, and helped the Padre Defense stifle league competition. He forced multiple turnovers in 10 of 20 contests on the year, and secured 26 Ground balls for the Padres.
This marks the most players to receive bids on the All-League team for the Padres. Other Padres receiving votes were Sophomore Midfield Ian Schwaab, an all league Honorable mention in 2014; and Freshman Defender John Elliott Adams.