Downey boys lacrosse struggling

DOWNEY - The Downey High School boys' lacrosse team currently has a 1-7 overall record and are 0-6 in league play. The Vikings have accumulated a 70-66 record over nine years of competition.The Vikings finished last year with an overall record of 7-11 and the year before finished at 13-6. Downey finished last season with a 3-9 record in league play and finished in fourth place. Downey High competes in the always competitive Bay League, which consists of Palos Verdes, Mira Costa, Peninsula, Beverly Hills, Culver City, Redondo Union and Downey. The Vikings recently lost to Beverly Hills and Redondo Union. On Tuesday, Downey traveled to Chaminade High School to play West Hills (score unavailable at press time) and will host Huntington Park this Friday. The Vikings return several key players from last year's squad. Senior and All-American candidate Nathan Hanker is back with more experience and skill. Former East Knights senior Chris Perez, senior Andy Leon, senior Cody Mohacsi, junior Austin Weisenburger and junior Nick Farina also all return with another year of experience under their belts. The Vikings losses from last season are High School All-American Marques Mustin and Ian Padilla. Coach Witkin maintains that Palos Verdes and Mira Costa are the toughest competition in the Bay League and regularly send players to Division I schools.

********** Published: April 5, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 51