Five Seattle, Eastside lacrosse student-athletes named Academic All-Americans

SEATTLE – Five prep student-athletes from Seattle and Eastside high schools have been named Academic All-American by US Lacrosse.

The Academic All-American awards are presented annually by the national governing body for the sport of lacrosse in the United States honoring high school senior lacrosse players that excel in the classroom and actively volunteer their time in the community.

Washington state’s 2014 recipients include Nathan Hale High School defenseman Liam Lawrence, Bellevue High School goaltender Cole Cansler, Issaquah High School attackman Josh Bean, Eastside Catholic defenseman Bradley Strode and Lake Washington High School attack/midfielder Oscar Johansen.


2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-American Liam Lawrence of Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School. (Photo: Jessie Lieberman)

Lawrence maintains a 3.98 GPA at Seattle’s Nathan Hale High School while managing a demanding academic, athletics and community schedule all while working 15 hours a week in the off season as a grade school youth counselor. A multi-sport student-athlete who has competed in cross country for the Raiders and has played off campus for a club soccer team, Lawrence excels in lacrosse where the defenseman grabbed 33 ground balls during the 2014 season. In the community, he participates in the Seattle Youth Commission, Youth Engaged in Services Program, Family, Career and Community Leaders of American and was a leader in the Eco-Teach Exchange where he visited Costa Rica in a summer program between middle school and high school.   Lawrence will attend the University of Washington in the fall where he has been accepted into the school’s honors program and expects to play club lacrosse.





2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-American Cole Cansler (background, left) of Bellevue High School. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

Cansler is an AP Scholar with distinction maintaining a 3.98 GPA at Bellevue High School. As an anchor of the Wolverine defense, Cansler led Bellevue to its third consecutive boys state championship this spring recording an unprecedented 8 – 0 shutout of Issaquah in the Washington state title game. Already active in the civic community, Cansler volunteers for the Bellevue Downtown Association, Bellevue Jazz Festival, Bellevue Arts and Crafts Fair and the Congregation for The Homeless working to end homelessness in East King County. Cansler will attend the University of Washington in the fall.








2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-American Josh Bean (right) of Issaquah High School (Photo: Issaquah High School)

Bean maintains a 3.99 GPA at Issaquah High School, while splitting time between swimming, where he captains the Eagles swim team and won varsity letters competing in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle disciplines to help his team place second in the WIAA 4A state championship meet this fall, and lacrosse. In lacrosse, the attackman helped guide his school back to the state title game for the first time in five years, Bean excels in lacrosse recording 19 points on the season (8 goals, 11 assists) and 16 ground balls in 23 games this spring. Passionate about giving back and sharing his knowledge of lacrosse with young people, Bean volunteers as head coach for the Issaquah Lightning youth lacrosse team. Bean will attend the University of Washington in the fall.






2014 US Lacrosse Academic All-American Bradley Strode of the Eastside Catholic School (Photo: Eastside Catholic School)

Strode maintains a 3.98 GPA at the Eastside Catholic School where the Salutatorian has been elected as a leadership officer all four years including roles as junior and senior class presidents. A two-sport student-athlete for the Crusaders, Strode lettered all four years in wrestling where he advanced to the WIAA 3A State Wrestling Tournament as a sophomore and was named a state-tournament alternate as a senior. He was named team captain as a junior and senior.   In lacrosse the defender suited up for 14 games this spring helping the Crusaders to an undefeated regular-season. In state tournament play, Strode’s Crusaders advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament, including a trip to the 2012 state title game, it was the third state tournament appearance in three years for Strode. Passionate about giving back strode volunteers for Athletes for Kids, a community-based service group that pairs prep student-athletes with special needs children in the state. He also contributes his time to the Jewish Family Services of Seattle Foodbank where during the summer helps provide nutritious food to the some 1,000 patrons served by the organization every month. Strode will attend the University of South California in the fall as a Trustee Scholar. He is the third generation of his family to “fight on” at USC.

Johansen has a perfect 4.0 GPA at Lake Washington High School where the attackman balances a rigorous schedule of college-level coursework, athletics and community service. This spring, scoring 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) while grabbing 33 ground balls, Johansen helped the Kangs to a 12-7-0 regular season finish and a first-round appearance in the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Tournament. His awards include the Harvard Alumni Book Award while he participates in 11 school clubs at Lake Washington High School including the model UN club.  Johansen will attend Middlebury College this fall.

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


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