Palos Verdes senior goalie David “D” McCann will attend Duke University and play lacrosse for the two-time defending NCAA Division I champions as a preferred walk-on, Sea Kings’ coach Jimmy Borell said Tuesday.
“He’s a special player,” Borell said. “Truly the complete goalie. He is a our captain and general between the pipes, saves the shots he’s supposed to — and a lot of the shots he shouldn’t — throws dimes for outlet passes and plays his best in big games, when it matters most, and that’s what big-time players do.”
McCann was named All-American and the Bay League Defensive Player of the Year last year after helping the Sea Kings to the U.S. Lacrosse L.A. championship. He had a .579 save percentage and a 6.7 goals-against average.
“We are spoiled to have him,” Borell said. “I think a lot of our team doesn’t realize where we would be if we didn’t have him. He had an amazing goalie coach growing up in Shawn Trell, a Hobart All-American goalie and L.A. Riptide coach.”
McCann, whose sister Kelly was a redshirt sophomore on the Duke women’s soccer team this fall, is the fifth member of the Sea Kings’ roster to commit to play Division I lacrosse, joining fellow senior Stanton Gilbertson (Hobart) and juniors Peter Henkhaus (Marquette), Shane Sharp (Lafayette) and Jarrett Jones (Georgetown).