Ivy League Gets Seven OC Standouts, Michigan Star Headed to Monterey

The polo-playing Ivies have made waves with a recent run on Southern California prep talent.

The Harvard men made an immediate improvement with the signing of Newport Harbor standout Dan Stevens. There he’ll join El Toro’s Joey Colton and three other Orange County transplants currently on the roster, Noah Harrison from Huntington Beach, and Corona del Mar’s Evan Ramsey and Ben Zepfel.

OCVarsity.com’s Dan Albano opines, “[i]t won’t be long until Harvard becomes an East Coast power. There will be a lot of talent in that pool.”

Stevens will be joined in Cambridge by Edison’s Melissa Balding and Lexi Del Toro of Laguna Beach who will add immediate quality to the Crimson women’s team.

CWPA rival Princeton upgraded its women’s side with the additions of another Laguna product, defender Sydney Saxe, and Hannah Lapkin from girls’ prep powerhouse Foothill. Curtis Fink of Newport Harbor will also relocate to New Jersey and should contribute immediately to the Tigers’ men’s team.

Two other Orange County stars will be staying in the Golden State. Los Alamitos’ Chandler Jarrels recently returned from Australia where he tallied 13 goals for the US Men’s Youth National Team at the Fina World Championships. Jarrels has committed to play for the Cal Bears in 2013 alongside yet another Newport Harbor signee, Farrell South.

Cross-bay rival Stanford added the versatile lefty Sam Pfeil from upstart Dana Hills to their 2013 men’s roster. Pfeil shared South Coast League MVP honors with Harvard-recruit Joey Colton.

Making the opposite transition, from The Great Lakes State to Cal State Monterey Bay, will be Adrianna Craft, member of Rockford’s Michigan state championship team. Craft earned second-team all-American status in helping the Rams to a 34-1 record last season.

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