Midfielder Jake Craycraft (El Toro), defenseman Alex Keuilian (Foothill) and seven other student athletes from western states will will begin their college lacrosse careers this fall at Division II Dominican University of California. Craycraft, Keullian, and the other members of the 2012-13 recruiting class will bolster a program that continues to steadily improve Coach Ned Webster’s Penguins finished year 7-6, the first winning record in the program’s history.
Craycraft was a three-time All-South Coast Conference and two-time team captain for the Chargers. He had an MVP season — 22 goals and seven assists — this year and was named first team all-league for the third time and second team All-Orange County for the second year in a row. He also played football at El Toro and was named offensive MVP on the freshmen and junior varsity squads. Webster says “Jake is a natural athlete who is tough, gritty and unafraid to mix it up between the lines,” Webster said. “He’s a complete midfielder who faces off, scraps for groundballs, dodges, fires it from the outside, finishes in tight, shares the ball, and plays outstanding defense. He will really add a nice element to our transition game.”
Keuilian played in the Adrenaline All-American game this year. The Knights’ captain was a three-year varsity player and two-time first team all-conference player at Foothill . He was the Knights’ MVP on defense as a freshman and senior and recipient of the Tyler Lucas Memorial Scholarship at the Adrenaline All-American game. “What Alex may lack in height and weight for a defender he compensates for in intelligent, position-first, team defense,” Webster said. “He’s strong and his stick is outstanding which will really help our groundball play and clearing game.”