Senior midfielder Ryan Oaks of Chaminade College Prep and Team West Coast has committed to play NCAA D-III lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University.
A four-year varsity starter for the Eagles, Oaks was named second-team All-Mission League last spring.
“Ryan has a bright future ahead,” said Steve Lane, who coaches both Chaminade and Team West Coast. “He gets better every day and always plays up to the competition. He grew a few inches since last year and continues to hit the gym, putting on a lot of muscle since summer ended. If he keeps doing that, with his great versatility and shiftiness, he will be a force in the college game.”
— West Coast Lacrosse (@WCLacrosseLLC) October 24, 2015
Oaks is the fifth Team West Coast 2016 player to commit to an NCAA school, joining Palos Verdes goalie Conner Jongewaard (D-III Connecticut College), PV middie Mikey Booth (D-III Roanoke), Newbury Park middie Erich Wuesthoff (D-III St. Mary’s, Md.) and Newbury LSM Skylar Jimenez (D-I Cleveland State).
He will have SoCal company on the OWU roster: Last spring, the Bishops listed attack Dominic Santor (Oaks Christian), defenseman Chandler Rendl (Foothill) and defenseman Trent Schulte (Coronado/San Diego).
The Bishops went 18-1 last season, winning the North Coast Athletic Conference championship and finishing No. 3 in the USILA D-III rankings heading into the NCAA D-III tournament. In the tournament, OWU reached the quarterfinals before falling to Gettysburg, 9-5.
“Ryan is going to a national-champion contending program, which is awesome,” Lane said, “but he has a lot of work to do between now and then. Luckily, I know he is now more driven than ever.”