Ryan Crawford, a three-year starter at LSM (long stick midfield) at San Clemente High School, has committed to play lacrosse at Whittier College. Crawford, a senior, is the latest in a long line of San Clemente players to play for coach Brain Kelly’s program. Crawford is following in the footsteps of current Poets and Triton alumni Aaron Self, Jonathan Kassity, and Max Lepley.
Whittier is a Division 3 college program.
“We’re very excited Ryan will be playing lacrosse at Whittier next year,” stated head coach Brian Kelly. “Ryan combines outstanding stick skills with superb athleticism that really puts pressure on the opposing offense. This style of play is a perfect fit for us as Ryan gives us the flexibility to use him in many facets in our defensive schemes. Ryan is also an excellent student and it’s really exciting to have yet another outstanding student-athlete from San Clemente join our program.”
“It’s been a pleasure to watch Ryan grow as a student athlete,” said San Clemente head coach Brad Reppert. “Ryan has an up tempo, play-making style of defense that creates plenty of scoring opportunities for us on offense. He usually draws the opposing team’s top scorer so we rely on him to play a shut-down role while leading our team defense. He’s been a major contributor to our program and I’m very excited he’ll be continuing his career at Whitter with coach Kelly.”
“I’m really thrilled to be going to Whittier,” said Crawford. “Whittier is a great combination of academics and lacrosse for me. It’s just a great fit.” In addition to playing for San Clemente, Crawford has also played for several club teams including 3d, Rip-City, FCA, and the Brady’s Bunch National team.