Midfielder Brendan Egan of Oak Park has committed to NCAA Division I Bucknell, and though he will graduate with Oak Park’s Class of 2016, he will take a post-graduate year before enrolling at Bucknell as a member of the Class of 2017.
“I consider Brendan to be the poster child for how to navigate the maze that is the college selection/recruitment process,” Oak Park coach Tarik Ergin said. “He has worked equally hard in the classroom as on the field, always striving for excellence in both.”
Brendan Egan, a 2017 middie at Oak Park (Calif.) / @WestCoastStarz has committed to Bucknell. Also looked at Bryant, Lafayette and Albany.
— Recruiting Rundown (@RecruitRundown) December 19, 2014
Ergin said Egan had other opportunities, including at least one to be part of a D-I program’s Class of 2016, but he ultimately made the decision to delay his entry into college until the Class of 2017.
“He realized the advantages offered to him with re-classing, and saw that for him, it was the right move,” Ergin said. “In short, he has earned his success. My guess is that when he arrives on campus he will be twice the player he currently is. And he is so very good now.”
Egan was good enough last year to be the only sophomore on an Eagles’ roster that featured 14 seniors and that made it all the way to the U.S. Lacrosse L.A. division title game. At 6-feet tall and a solid 200 pounds, Egan is formidable as a downhill dodger. He scored 16 goals and had four assists last spring after scoring seven goals as a freshman on varsity in 2013.
“He has had an accurate understanding of his strengths and weaknesses as a player and has not been afraid to work at constant improvement,” Ergin said. “He is relentless in his efforts to improve and develop his skills and his lax IQ.”
Egan played club lacrosse for LA Mavericks and West Coast Starz.