Bellevue High School’s Ryan Eastes commits to Endicott College for NCAA D3 lacrosse

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Bellevue High School senior Ryan Eastes has joined a growing list of Wolverines to play lacrosse at the NCAA level, signing a National Letter of Intent to play at Division III Endicott College in Massachusetts.

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Bellevue High School’s Ryan Eastes (right) looks to pass over Lincoln High School (Ore.) midfielder Reed Zabel during a 2013 inter-state matchup. (Photo: Molly Piper)

A midfielder last spring on Bellevue’s state championship boys varsity squad that finished 21-2-0 and undefeated in state play, Eastes was among 17 Bellevue High School student-athletes, including four lacrosse student-athletes, to take part in the Wolverines signing day event Wednesday morning.

“To be welcomed into the Endicott lacrosse family is an honor and a privilege,” Eastes said.  “It’s a great feeling to know that I can be a contributor to a team of this caliber.”

Next fall, the 5-8, 160-pounder will join a Sean Quirk coached squad that finished its 2013 season 13-6  (7-1 in Commonwealth Conference play) advancing to its conference title game.

“Coach Quirk is a great leader,” Eastes said.  “He’s well spoken, honest and very real. I’m looking forward to playing for him.”

With a blue collar style of play, Eastes becomes just the second student-athlete from Washington state to wear the blue and Kelly green. Austin Burke (Sammamish, Wash.), a 2010 graduate of Skyline High School, completes his senior year this spring at Endicott.

Eastes, who already has a taste of East Coast competition with spring break games against Port Washington, Long Beach and Wantagh High Schools last spring, is ready for the challenge of NCAA lacrosse.

“It’s not necessarily being the best player, but working hard and deserving the spot,” he said.

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Bellevue High School seniors (front, left to right) Riley Gulrajani (Dickinson College), Hank Bethke (Ohio State), Eric Haehl (Univ. of Richmond) and Ryan Eastes (Endicott College) with boys lacrosse coach John Baumann (back row) at their school’s Signing Day event, Wednesday morning. (Photo: Bellevue High School)

“Pretty much all of the players on the team are the best – both in lacrosse and in other sports like football.  The weakest link has been playing for a long time,” Eastes said.

“It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” said the solid B student and co-president of Bellevue’s “Heart of Bellevue” service club.

“I’m always up for the challenge.”

To learn more about student-athletes from Washington state high schools committing to NCAA and NAIA lacrosse programs during the 2013-14 academic year, visit: 2013-14 Washington State NCAA Lacrosse Commitments.

2013-14 Bellevue High School (Wash.) National Letters of Intent

Cross Country
Grace Sheeran, Cross Country (Connecticut College)

Football
Budda Baker, Football (Univ. of Washington)
Shane Bowman, Football (Univ. of Washington)
Marcus Griffin, Football (Univ. of Arizona)
Timmy Haehl, Football (Harvard)
Marcel Lee, Football (Western Oregon Univ.)
Morgan Richey, Football, (preferred walk-on)
Max Richmond, Football (Univ. of Washington)
Jahkari Aujlai Sing, Football (Univ. of Puget Sound)
Marek Spooner-LeDuff, Football (Univ. of Idaho)

Lacrosse
Hank Bethke, Lacrosse (Ohio State)
Ryan Eastes, Lacrosse (Endicott College)
Riley Gulrajani, Lacrosse (Dickinson College)
Eric Haehl, Lacrosse (Univ. of Richmond)

Soccer
Isabelle Butterfield, Soccer (Seattle Univ.)
Garrett Jackson, Soccer (Univ. of Washington)

Track and Field
Floriane Kameni, Track and Field (Harvard)

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

 

www.WashingtonHSLAX.com

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