San Clemente senior goalie Eugene Kang has committed to play NCAA Division III lacrosse for Oberlin College and Conservatory in Oberlin, Ohio.
“I wanted to attend a college that has a strong level of academics, a great team, and a small campus in a beautiful location,” Kang said by email. “After visiting Oberlin I knew that this was the right fit for me. The school offers a lot of opportunities for me to figure out what I want to pursue in the future, and the chance to compete in a competative d3 atmosphere for lacrosse.”
After spending his first two years on the Beckman varsity squad, transferred to San Clemente for the 2018 season. Kang made an immediate impact for the Tritons, helping them to a second place finish in the South Coast League while earning second-team All-League honors. He has played Club Ball with So Cal Express and Team 12.
San Clemente head coach Brendan Finnerty has been a long-time mentor for Kang and thinks that his work ethic and drive will serve him well at the next level.
I am very proud and excited for Eugene,” Finnerty said. “He has shown that hard work pays off! I have known him since he was in 6th grade and every year he has put in work to improve. I can’t wait to follow his college career.”
Kang is ready to finish his high school career strong and continues to put in the work necessary to continue to improve his game and get ready for the next level. He has set some impressive team and personal goals to finish out his high school career.
“My goal this season is to help my team win back the South Coast league title and to go far in playoffs,” Kang said. “Personally, I hope to get First Team All League and get All County recognition. I am planning to work more on my athletic ability by working out more in the weight room and improving more as a goalie.”
Kang acknowledged the role that his family, teammates, and coach have played in putting him in this position.
“I would like to thank my family, all of my coaches, and my teammates at San Clemente,” Kang said. “My mom and dad have been very supportive of my decision and helped me to the best of their abilities. My coach, Brendan Finnerty have helped me become a better player ever since I was a kid.”
The Oberlin Yeomen plays in the North Coast Athletic Conference with Denision, Depauw, Hiram, Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenburg, and the College of Wooster. They finished 2018 with and 8-7 overall record and 3-4 in conference.