Mira Costa Goalie Van Sickle Commits to Drexel

Junior goalie John Van Sickle of Mira Costa HS and 3d LA has committed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at Drexel University.

The 5-foot-8, 155-pound Van Sickle played his freshman year at Mira Costa, posting a .662 save percentage for the varsity squad, but spent his sophomore year elsewhere before returning to the Mustangs this fall. He also plays for West Coast Starz and the FCA national team.

“John has had quite a journey the past three years,” Mira Costa coach Aaron Karsh said. “We are very happy to have him back at Mira Costa. He has worked very hard this offseason to build back the chemistry with his teammates, and we are looking forward to big things from him this season. I’m excited for him and looking forward to seeing what we can do this year.”

Van Sickle also considered Loyola, Syracuse and Rutgers in his decision-making process, Karsh said. Drexel currently shows to San Diego natives on its roster, both freshmen: Jacob O’Donell, an attack from Poway, and Michael Kay, a middie from Cathedral Catholic.

With two more years of high school to play, though, Van Sickle’s focus is on the Mira Costa Mustangs.

“I am really looking to compete for a CIF championship and be competitive every game we play,” Van Sickle said.

Van Sickle is the second Mira Costa player from the Class of 2016 to commit to an NCAA D-I school. Midfielder Zane Crandall committed to Lafayette earlier this fall. Van Sickle is the eighth L.A. player in the Class of 2016 to commit to a D-I program. Five L.A. players in the Class of 2015 are D-I commits.

Van Sickle said he would like to thank, “My family, for everything they have done for me and all of the opportunities they have given me. I also want to thank my coaches for always being there for me during this long process.”

His return to Mira Costa means the Bay League is loaded at goalie, with seniors David McCann, who is committed to Duke, at Palos Verdes and Lance Plonski at Peninsula. McCann was the league’s defensive player of the year last year, and Plonski was first-team all league.