2016 has been a big year for Orange County players in the NCAA. Local alums are making significant contributions and playing for college teams at all levels. Here is your guide to see who did what this season. First Division 1, then Division 2, and last but not least Division 3.
Stone Sims (San Clemente 2014) started 15 games and won an America East championship for the Albany Great Danes this season. He picked up 16 ground balls, caused 16 turnovers, and scored a goal in his sophomore outing. Sims was named to the 2016 America East All-Conference first team.
Former Santa Margarita Eagle Hayden Ruiz (Santa Margarita 2014) appeared in 13 games for the Boston University Terriers and totaled six points on three goals and three assists while also securing four ground balls.
At Yale, team captain and first line midfielder, Michael Keasey ( CdM 2012) played in 16 games this season for the bulldogs, tallying 30 goals and 9 assists. Hoyt Crance (CdM 2015) played in 9 games this season, tallying 61 saves for a save percentage of 52.6%. Keasey was selected for the Tewaarton Watch List and named to the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division I All-New England team. Crance was a two-time Ivy Rookie of the Week and was the only freshman named to the Ivy League All-Tournament team.
A trio of freshmen with OC roots saw meaningful playing time for the Denver Pioneers. Brett Greenlee (CdM 2015) appeared in 9 games. Nate Marano (Foothill 2015) played in 11 games for the Pioneers and scored 10 goals and had 4 assists. At the faceoff X Ryan Harnisch (St. Margaret’s 2015) appeared in 6 games, winning 7 faceoffs of his 21 attempts for a win percentage of 33.3%.
At High Point University, Jake Schleppy (Jserra 2015) appeared in 12 games this season during which he scored 4 goals and had an assist. Midfielder Peyton Garrett (San Clemente 2014) appeared in all 15 games this season and scored 8 goals to go along with 4 assists.
At Hofstra, four former Jserra Lions saw time. Brendan Lynch appeared in 15 games, scored 2 goals and 2 assists, picked up 27 groundballs and caused 3 turnovers. Mitch Kingsley appeared in 4 games this season and scored a goal. Jimmy Yanes and Chaz Dotson both appeared in a game for the Pride this spring.
For the Holy Cross Crusaders, Jack Ortlieb (CdM 2014) scored 7 goals and had 3 assists in 12 games played. Brother Michael Ortlieb (CdM 2012) started every game for the Crusaders, saving 134 shots and accumulating a save percentage of 45%.
Captain Dakota Rohlin (Great Oak 2012) played in 12 games this season for the Jacksonville Dolphins, scoring 19 goals and recording 7 assists.
Hugh Crance (CdM 2015) has played in all 14 games for Notre Dame this season, he picked up 9 ground balls, caused 3 turnovers, and scored a goal.
Kennedy Solomon (Jserra 2015) appeared in 4 games for the UMBC retrievers.
Fernando Delgado (St. Margaret’s 2015) started in 7 of his 9 appearances for the Villanova Wildcats before being sidelined due to injury. Delgado picked up 7 groundballs and caused 5 turnovers this season.
At Wagner College, Nico Houser (Santa Margarita 2015) played in 6 games, scored 2 goals and had and 2 assists. Tyler Miller (Los Al 2014) played in 4 games for Wagner College this season and recorded an assist.
Cameron Stone (Foothill 2013) played in 13 games at Mt. St. Mary’s College, scoring 3 goals and 3 assists.
OC alums played key roles in Colorado Mesa University win the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title. Captain Jake Douglass (Tesoro 2015) scored 9 goals and had 4 assists in 15 games played. Logan Olmsted (Jserra 2015) appeared in four games and scored 2 goals this year. Cole Schleppy (JSerra 2013) appeared in 10 games for the Mavericks and recorded an assist. Michael Marino (Aliso Niguel 2015) played in all 17 games this season, starting in 9 of them and won 52% of his draws at the face-off X.
For the Adams State Grizzles, Tanner Culley (Beckman 2014) has seen time in 8 games this season, picking up 2 ground balls and causing 2 turnovers. Derek Bill (Dana Hills 2011) was credited with 16 ground balls, 5 caused turnovers and an assist this season. Morrison Richards (El Toro 2011) had 8 ground balls and 5 caused turnovers as well as both a goal and an assist.
For Notre Dame de Namur, Andrew Kofoed ( Santa Margarita 2o15) played in 8 games this season, scoring 14 goals and recording 2 assists. Steven Barron (Aliso Niguel 2015) also played in 8 games this season, recording both a goal and an assist.
Yuta Murata (JSerra 2015) appeared in 13 games this season scored 9 points on 5 goals and 4 assists in his freshman campaign at D3 Colby College.
Chase Williams (St. Margaret’s 2013) scored 20 goals and had an assist this season at Haverford College.
At MIT, Michael Traub (Aliso Niguel 2013) played in all 16 games for the Engineers and scored 18 goals to go along with 19 assists. Blake Berk (Capo Valley 2015) appeared in 12 games, scored 2 goals and had 6 assists.
For the US Merchant Marine Academy Jack Renard (San Clemente 2015) scored 39 goals this season to go along with 21 assists. Teddy Finley (Mission Viejo 2015) appeared in 12 games and recorded an assist.
At Whittier College, senior Aaron Self (San Clemente 2012) started all 14 games for the Poets, scoring 17 goals and dishing out 10 assists, while fellow former Triton Jay Kassity (San Clemente 2012) finished his collegiate career in style, scoring 30 goals on the season (tied for team best) while adding 6 assists. Bennett Brewer (Mater Dei 2015) played in 11 games, picking up 5 groundballs and causing 5 turnovers. Lyford Truman (Great Oak 2012) started 14 games and picked up 18 groundballs, caused 12 turnovers, and had an assist. Max Lepley (San Clemente 2015) picked up 16 groundballs and caused 19 turnovers to go with an assist in 14 games this season. Tyler Coleman played in 5 games and picked up 2 groundballs. Matthew Prado (Servite 2012) played in 11 games, picked up 10 groundballs, and caused 7 turnovers. Ryan Lynch (Yorba Linda 2013) played in 8 games and had 5 goals.
Jordan Riggs (San Clemente 2013) started 15 games for the Southwestern University Pirates this season. He scored 15 goals, handed out 19 assists, and recovered 33 groundballs.
Carthage University senior Jared Ferrell (El Toro 2012) capped a productive career with 45 points (31 goals, 14 assists), making him the second leading scorer on the team. LSM Jordyn Williams started 17 games, scored two goals, picked up 49 groundballs, and caused 26 turnovers.
Will Ross (Foothill 2012) played in 15 games and recovered four groundballs.