Oceanside scores comeback wins
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Defense is where the Sailors are most experienced. In goal, junior Kevin Lamantia is a first-year starter with quick reflexes. He’s sure to benefit from the group in front of him. Senior Nick Swanson anchors the unit and has a way of frustrating opponents, Gillis said. “Nick is a student of the game and never out of position,” he said. “He’ll always cover the opponents’ No. 1 option.”
Juniors Joe Denero and Connor Johnson provide the defensive muscle. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Denero is a physical presence in the back and excels in coverage and on groundballs. Johnson, a defensive leader on the football field as a safety, is a shutdown long pole middie. Senior James McGuinness is off to a tremendous start as well and was instrumental in the comeback win over Carey.
The Schwasnick-led midfield is deep and includes senior Shane Saucier, who is a key on draws, and juniors Ryan Sickler, Tarieck Harris, Casey Kelly and Jesse Platia.
Oceanside, which missed the playoffs in 2012, is ranked fifth in Conference I. “We’re out to accomplish something every day,” Gillis said. “One of our goals is to get back to the playoffs.”