With just three games under their belts, the Lakeridge boys lacrosse team already appears to be in midseason form.
The high-octane Pacers are 3-0 with wins over a trio of top-10 teams in OES, Sunset and Jesuit.
"We wanted to be challenged early and we feel really good about where we're at right now," coach Curt Sheinin said.
It's difficult to find many weaknesses with the Pacers in the early going this year as the team blew out OES and Sunset and held on for a solid 10-7 win over Jesuit.
"I thought our defense looked tremendous against Jesuit. We're still not quite playing a full 48 minutes but we're ahead of where we normally are at this point," Sheinin said.
Lakeridge returns goalie David Salamie, a solid senior with experience at the position.
On the back line, Roy Jarman is the anchor of what appears to be an exceptionally solid defense.
Clark Salamie also returns as the team's longstick midfielder and Sheinin believes he might be the best in the state at that position.
Junior Randall Souers and sophomore Chase Marshall will also patrol the back line for Lakeridge.
"Our future's pretty bright on defense," Sheinin said.
Lakeridge's midfield is loaded with talent and quickness. The starting line features Blake Dutton, a tremendous all-around athlete who has already committed to the University of Denver for lacrosse next year.
Cole Fritz and Tyler Rich will also play on the starting line with Brandon Loiler also coming in to play a big role.
On attack, Lakeridge is led by Johnny Clayton who already has 18 goals through three games.
"We like to spread the ball around on offense but Johnny's doing a nice job taking advantage of his opportunities," Sheinin said.
Drew Haroldson and J.R. McLaughlin will also be looked to for their goal-scoring this season.
Lakeridge also returns is face-off man in Garrison Petrie although he will miss two weeks with a mild concussion.
"This is one of the more balanced team's we've had in a while. It's a nice mix of returners and younger players," Sheinin said.
Lakeridge will look to use its superior speed to its advantage this season.
"We are moving the ball very fast. That's going to be our style is to transition quickly," Sheinin said.
The Pacers have the talent to compete for a state title again this year but have a difficult road in front of them.
"I think the ultimate goal is always to be playing in that last game. I think the guys are focused but we know there is always a little luck involved," Sheinin said.
Lakeridge will open up league play on April 5 against Lake Oswego.