Trabuco Hills junior attack Jared Friesen has committed to play NCAA Division 3 lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University. Friesen put up 52 points (43 goals, 9 assists) last season to earn honorable mention All-County and South Coast All-League honors.
OWU is located in Delaware, Ohio and competes in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Battling Bishops have a rich lacrosse history and finished last season with an 11-6 record. They are off to a 4-1 beginning this year.
Friesen was impressed by more than just the school’s proud lacrosse history though.
“OWU is a great school academically and that was the number one thing I was looking for,” said Friesen by email. “The campus was beautiful and Selby stadium is one of a kind. The coaching staff is amazing and the team is a total family.”
With two more high school seasons in front of him before he leaves for OWU, Friesen is looking forward to more time with his teammates and perhaps adding a league title or two to the Mustang trophy case. He helped the No. 9 Mustangs push off in the right direction when he scored six points (5g, 1a) in the season-opening upset of No. 7 Servite.
“We have a good group of guys this year and we all really like to play together,” Friesen said. “We want to win the league and make a playoff run.”
Friesen is not the only one that is happy that he has two more seasons with the Mustangs left. Coach Eric Bassett is also happy he will be around a little longer and thinks Friesen has a bright collegiate future.
” I am really happy for Jared and his commitment decision, I think he made an excellent choice,” said Bassett by email. “Jared made the varsity team at Trabuco his freshman year, and took his lumps getting thrown in with 19 seniors, knowing he would have to wait his turn. Learning from that experience and seeing what it takes, he put in the work and earned the confidence it takes to play at the next level. Being blessed with a large body and athleticism, it will be fun to watch how far he can go. He’s a great asset to our team, I look forward to having him his remaining two years.”
Friesen also wanted to the coaches, family, and mentors who have supported him.
“I want to thank my parents for supporting me, taking me to tournaments and guiding me through all of this.”
“Coach Bassett has pushed me everyday in practice to be a better player. Coach Glen Miles taught me how to play the game right back in the Victory days and still asks how my grades are whenever I see him.”
“Jesse Foss and Adam Morawski have been my SD United and West Coast Starz coaches for the past two years. They’ve given me the opportunity to play in high level tournaments across the country and have guided me through the recruiting process. They both went out of their way to speak with college coaches and make sure I made the right choice. They’ve both had a huge impact on me and I can’t thank them enough.”