The puck has dropped on the 2018-19 Orange Lutheran Hockey season, and the Lancers are focused on achieving their goals by taking it one game at a time.
The team fell short of winning the state championship last spring, but with a strong veteran presence and the addition of some talented newcomers, OLu varsity head coach Ryan Frost feels this squad can once again compete at the state and national level.
“We want the team to get better every single game…and not take any steps back,” says Frost. “If we’re getting better every game, we will absolutely be in that conversation at the end of the season.”
Many on the Lancer roster also play club hockey, but Frost understands the unique dynamic that exists when student athletes represent their high school in the sport they love.
“My goal is to get everyone who goes to Orange Lutheran who plays hockey to play for our high school program,” says Frost. “That feeling of representing your school and your friends on campus, it’s contagious.”
Led by returning players such as Joel Godown, Jackson Ferry and Ethan Hirst, as well as incoming players Luke Ellis and Vinnie Morinello, and along with the strong backstopping skills of goaltender Aidan Hanson, the Lancers are ready to make some noise in the Varsity Division 1 level of the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey League (adhshl.com). And they will do it by playing for each other.
“Ultimately, I think our group this year, top to bottom, will be a much closer-knit group,” says Frost. “We will see our players get stronger in every aspect, in friendships as well as in strength.”
by Jenelyn Cunningham Russo ‘88