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Top 10 Program Previews: #5 Westlake

03/08/2018, 5:30pm CST
By Editor

The Chaps, have a senior class that can make a run at it.

2017 Recap
In 2017 the Westlake Chaps took a slight step backward.  In 2016, they were one goal away from playing for the State Title.  In 2017, they dropped the Sunday Super Regional matchup to Dallas Jesuit.  The Chaps are trending upwards however, as their senior class is deep across the board.  With talented juniors and some capable sophomores they are once again pushing the envelope in an effort to play Championship Weekend.

Keys to the Upcoming Year
For Westlake the key to the upcoming year is realizing potential.  The Chaps are prime to take the next step and have the talent to do it.  While they lost two top end guys from a year ago, the number of commits in 2018 stacks up with many of the best across the State.  The Chaps must tighten up their game play on both sides of the ball and couple consistency with talent.

Key Losses
Oliver Dina – LSM – Denver
Hayden Baker – M – High Point

Committed Players
Tate Young 2018 – Notre Dame
Keaton Jones 2018 – Bryant
Rob Soluri 2018 – VMI
Owen O’Neill 2018 – Tufts
Jacob Stoebner 2018 – Princeton
Thomas Rousseau 2018 – Butler Football
Reid Vender 2018 – Univ. Alabama Huntsville
Lake De Lea Fuente 2019 - Cornell

Rising Stars
Bryce Walker 2020 – Attack
Miles Sigel 2019 – Defense
Jones Liddey 2019 – Defense
Ethan Frischertz 2020 – Defense
Brayden Duncan 2020 - Midfield


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Team Strengths
Balance across the board.  The is balance everywhere for this Chaps group.  The attack unit has tons of skill.  Seniors Owen O’neill, Preston Lynch, Collin Swallow, Ian Hencke, are great, and Bryce Walker adds even more depth, and will push these guys for PT.  The same can be said at each positional grouping.

At defense, Rob Soluri is a stalwart in cage, while Jacob Stoebner, James Lardner, Thomas Rousseau, and Ryan Ney have a great handle on defensive execution.  Juniors Jones Liddy, Miles Sigel are bolstered by Ethan Frieschertz, and Deuce Smoot.  Depth, depth, and more depth. 

Finally at the midfield Tate Young is talented but so are seniors Reid Vender and Ryan Flaherty.  Lake de la Fuente brings unreal speed while Jack Chatmas and Brayden Duncan bring more skill across the board.  They’ve got guys, a ton of them!

In Question:
The Face Off X.  Do the Chaps have a draw man who can compete with the top end Dallas talent.  We will find out.

Projection
The Chaps are on the cusp of Championship weekend.  They consistently draw the 1 seed out of Austin, and usually lock up with the #4 seed out of Dallas.  That is who they will have to defeat to make it once again.  However, locking in the Austin 1 seed isn’t a forgone conclusion, as they have proven vulnerable to Austin competition just recently.  The competition continues to improve down in the ATX so there are no gimmes.  With that being said, we expect that Chaps to lock it in again, leaving just one game against a Dallas opponent and making it to the State Championship Final Weekend.


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