In only its second year of MCLA and SLC play, D-II Cal-State San Marcos is off to a fast start and piling up some impressive numbers.
Saturday, the Cougars beat visiting San Jose State 13-8 behind six goals and three assists from Dylan Perry, an attackman out of San Diego’s Westview HS, and three goals and two assists from Kyle Peterson, an attackman from Huntington Beach HS. Chance Stahura, a midfielder out of Tesoro HS, contributed two goals and two assits, and Ian Hooks, an attackman out of San Diego’s Mt. Carmel HS, had a goal and three assists.
The Cougars took a quick 2-0 lead on fastbreak goals from Perry and led 4-1 after the first period, according to a recap provided by CSUSM Lacrosse. San Jose countered, though, taking a 6-4 lead before San Marcos called timeout. Settled, the Cougars regained momentum and took control in the second half.
“I was pleased with how well we responded to San Jose as they got their legs back under them and started to slowly take the momentum away from us,” coach Teddy Hicks said. “We were able to execute a new game plan and take control of the game. I’m really proud of
the the way our men played today. San Jose was a great opponent, and we’re very thankful they traveled all this way to play us.”
Even more significant than the on-field results — to me, anyway — is the solid foundation the club has put in place in a very short amount of time.
Founded by former Cathedral Catholic player Chase Alvord, the San Marcos club played an independent schedule in 2011, joined the SLC and went 2-5 last season and is 2-0 (plus a scrimmage win) this season. Alvord played on those first two teams and now serves as an assistant coach under Hicks, who coached Laguna Hills HS to a 16-2 record last spring.
As a member of the SLC’s D-II South division, San Marcos competes with No. 8 Concordia and No. 17 Cal-State Fullerton, along with UC San Diego, UC Irvine and Cal-State Long Beach. That’s a slight realignment from last spring, when Concordia, Fullerton and Grand Canyon made the playoffs from what was called the SLC D-II Pacific division.
With Grand Canyon having moved up to D-I and the divisions realigned, could San Marcos compete for a playoff berth in only its second year of MCLA play? With a high-scoring attack line of Peterson, Perry and Hooks, it’s not out of the question. Peterson had 33 goals and 17 assists in eight games last season, and he opened this season with an 11-goal outing in a 25-2 win over Marymount.
The Cougars next play host to Channel Islands on Saturday (2 p.m.).