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This article appears in the January issue of Lacrosse Magazine, which mails to US Lacrosse members this week. Don't get the mag? Join USL and its 300,000-plus members today to start your subscription.

Crowley Envisions Final Four for SBU

by Gary Lambrecht | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

"Kevin's shot is so much better than when he got here," Stony Brook teammate Jordan McBride said of LM Division I Preseason Player of the Year Kevin Crowley (pictured). "They way he can lean on [defenders] with that body, you can't touch his stick."

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By the time he had left St. John's to take over as the head men's lacrosse coach at Stony Brook University, Rick Sowell already had one Canadian scoring machine in his recruiting sights. Sowell asked incoming attackman Jordan McBride if he knew of any other solid prospects back home in British Columbia.

McBride told Sowell to take a serious look at a buddy and former teammate — a lanky midfielder named Kevin Crowley, who was drawing interest from Bellarmine, Division III Whittier (Calif.) College and Division II (Calif.) Notre Dame de Namur.

Sowell heeded the advice, and the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Crowley is no longer a secret. Crowley is the do-it-all senior midfielder who is coming off one of the greatest seasons in Stony Brook history, and he is Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year.

"Kevin is a nightmare to defend, pretty darned good with or without the ball, and his decision-making has come a long way," said Sowell, heading into his fifth year with the Seawolves. "He's a dynamic player who has been fun to watch."

On a loaded offense that averaged 13.2 goals per game, Crowley shot an amazing 38.8 percent and pushed Stony Brook to a 13-4 record in 2010 — which ended with a 10-9 loss to Virginia in the NCAA quarterfinals. He stood out, and figures to do so again.

Crowley led the NCAA with 4.53 points per game and became only the fourth junior since 1995 to win the USILA's Enners Award, given to the nation's most outstanding Division I player. He led the Seawolves with 51 goals, ranked second in assists (26) and helped anchor the faceoff wing with 69 ground balls (third). He also fed McBride, a fellow New Westminster (B.C.) Secondary School graduate, for many of his 48 goals.

"Since we played club field lacrosse and box lacrosse together, we know what each other is going to do," McBride said. "Kevin's shot is so much better than when he got here, and the way he can lean on [defenders] with that body, you can't touch his stick."

"For any kid growing up on the West Coast [of Canada], it's a dream come true to play at the Division I level at a place like this," said Crowley, who has amassed 176 career points and needs 26 to set a school record. "I haven't let those points sink in. I'm thinking more about taking the next step — working harder, lifting harder, doing whatever it takes to help us get to the final four."


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