U.S. Lacrosse names 25 SoCal players All-Americans

Tony Romeri
Senior Tony Romeri helped Palos Verdes reach the L.A. title game two years in a row.

Congratulations to the U.S. Lacrosse All-Americans from the four Southern California chapters, covering Ventura County, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego. It’s a strong list, with 25 players representing 21 different teams — meaning four teams had more than one All-American.

Jack Temko
Junior attack Jack Temko was named the Mission League player of the year.

Even more impressive, to me, anyway, is that six of the 25 players are juniors. Couple that with the number of freshmen and sophomores that started and played key roles for their teams last spring and you start to see how far lacrosse in Southern California has come in a short time. Kids not only are ready to play at a high level much earlier in their careers, they’re playing well and earning accolades.

Nick Steinfeld
Nick Steinfeld of Brentwood will play lacrosse at Bucknell next fall.

The lists and their college destinations come from LaxPower.com. If something is amiss, please let me know.

Los Angeles
• Harrison Faecher, Jr., Midfield, Redondo Union
• Chris Groel, Sr., Defense, Palisades Charter (Rutgers)
• Cooper Perkins, Sr., Goalie, Loyola
• Tony Romeri, Sr., Attack, Palos Verdes
• Nick Steinfeld, Sr. Attack, Brentwood (Bucknell)
• Jack Temko, Jr., Midfield, Harvard-Westlake

It’s notable that the Mission League had three All-Americans — goalie Cooper Perkins from Loyola, attack Nick Steinfeld from Brentwood and midfielder Jack Temko, a junior, from Harvard-Westlake. It’s also notable that Temko and Tony Romeri from Palos Verdes helped their teams reach the L.A. County title game.

Chris Groel, Palisafes
Chris Groel of Palisades earned All-American honors for the second consecutive year.

Orange County
• Hunter Edington, Jr., Midfield, St. Margaret’s Episcopal
• Trevor Jackson, Sr., Goalie, Huntington Beach (Rollins)
• Casey Mix, Sr., Attack, Corona Del Mar (UC Santa Barbara)
• Chandler Rendl, Sr., Defense, Foothill (Ohio Wesleyan)
• Cole Schleppy, Sr., Midfield, JSerra Catholic (Providence)
• Alex Waller, Sr., Attack, St. Margaret’s Episcopal

CIF Southern Section champ St. Margaret’s was one of the four schools with two All-Americans — junior midfielder Hunter Edington and senior attack Alex Waller. It’s no surprise the Tartans had two, nor should it be surprising that Orange County runner-up Corona del Mar had one in senior attack Casey Mix.

Alex Waller
Senior attack Alex Waller helped St. Margaret’s to the CIF Southern Section title.

Ventura County
• Carlo Castaneda, Jr., Attack, Westlake
• Grant Feitchans, Jr., Midfield, Agoura
• J.J. Ntshaykolo, Sr., Defense, Thacher (Brown)
• Sean Ryan, Sr., Midfield, Malibu
• Stephen Tusing, Sr., Defense, Agoura (Lindenwood)

Agoura, which finished as runner-up to Westlake in the Marmonte League before dropping its playoff opener to Harvard-Westlake, had two players selected, including junior midfielder Grant Feitchans.

JJ Ntshaykolo, Thacher
Thacher’s JJ Ntshaykolo heads to Brown as a three-time All-American.

San Diego CIF champ Torrey Pines and runner-up La Costa Canyon each had two players selected, including both senior goalies — Jake Kennedy from Torrey Pines and Bryan Cooper from La Costa Canyon.

San Diego County
• Bryan Cooper, Sr., Goalie, La Costa Canyon
• Lucas Gradinger, Sr., Attack, Torrey Pines (Maryland)
• Christian Guinchard, Sr., Defense, Bishop’s School (Dartmouth)
• Michael Kay, Jr., Midfield, Cathedral Catholic
• Jake Kennedy, Sr., Goalie, Torrey Pines (Bucknell)
• Kyle Mummau, Sr., Defense, La Costa Canyon (Bryant)
• Jack Perkins, Sr., Attack/Midfield, Coronado (Bellarmine)
• Chris Summers, Sr., Attack, Westview (Monmouth)

Each area is allotted a certain number of All-Americans based on the number of high school teams that compete in that area. L.A. County is listed by U.S. Lacrosse as having 32 teams playing CIF high school lacrosse; Orange County has 70, San Diego 43 and Ventura 31.