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Andy Whitley and the Bellarmine Knights go a very solid pickup on Tuesday afternoon, as they landed the commitment of Elmira Notre Dame, N.Y., junior goalie Grant Crossley.
The Upstate New York native is the sixth commitment in the 2022 class for the Knights and first at the goalie position.
Bellarmine head coach Andy Whitley initially reached out to Crossley in October. While in-person recruiting and visits are still off the table due to the recruiting dead period implemented by the NCAA, Crossley was able to get down to Louisville and go on a regular admissions tour.
Crossley said the atmosphere he got from the school and connection with Coach Whitley was huge. “It was instantly a great connection!” Crossley said. “It was an easy process and he really broke everything down for me and my family.”
The 6-foot, 160-pound junior has served as the Crusaders’ primary goalie since his eighth grade season and has been one of the top goalies in the state, statistically, throughout his high school career. He has amassed a career total of 583 saves with a .603 save percentage and was a Section IV First Team All-League selection in both 2018 and 2019.
At the moment, the prospect of a high school season and what one might look like in 2021 is still very much up in the air in New York. Despite the uncertainty, Crossley said that he hopes to improve his leadership skills and really be a leader for the younger guys this season if they do get the chance to play. “I’m really looking forward to getting better, being a leader, and being someone my teammates can rely on,” Crossley said. “My goal for the season is to be the best leader and mentor I can be since I have been on the team since my 8th grade year.”