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NLL standout Crowley signs with San Diego in free agency; leaves long legacy in Philly

Friday, 19th August 2022

Categories Box lacrosse, Boy's/Men's, Pro, Posted 8/19/22 – From Press Release

The San Diego Seals continued their aggressive free agency today with the signing of star right-handed forward Kevin Crowley, a standout from the Philadelphia Wings. Earlier this morning, the Seals signed future Hall-of-Famer Curtis Dickson.

“Kevin’s a big, strong, tough competitor and will bring another level to our team,” said General Manager and Head Coach Patrick Merrill. “I’ve been able to watch him play over the course of his career and we’re lucky to have him on our side. I have a feeling the fans in San Diego are going to love this guy and we’re proud to welcome him to San Diego.”

San Diego’s Assistant General manager is Sean Walsh, a 2010 Strath Haven grad who played lacrosse for the Panthers and at Roanoke.

Crowley, who spent most of his career with the Wings organization (from 2012-14 with the original Wings and since 2019 after being acquired in a trade with the new Wings franchise), notched 337 goals and 775 points in 165 career games. The big 6-4, 200-pound righty registered six consecutive seasons with 70+ points, including a 51 goal season in 2018. He’s been named a two-time NLL All-Pro and was named to the 2012 NLL All-Rookie Team. Crowley was selected first overall in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft by the Wings; he also played for the New England Black Wolves (who formerly played in Philly until 2015) and the Toronto Rock.

“I’m very excited to be a part of the Seals organization,” said Crowley. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff and a lot of friends and former teammates on the team. I look forward to playing in front of our fans in Pechanga!”

Crowley had announced Wednesday night on social media that he was leaving Philadelphia, where his popularity was high. Not only did he star for the Wings in two periods of time, he co-founded Fusion Lacrosse’s club program, was highly involved in building box lacrosse in the region and also was an assistant coach at Shipley School for several years. The Wings later gave a Twitter farewell on Thursday.

Crowley has spent much of his time since the pandemic in Vancouver. He hails from nearby New Westminster, British Columbia, so playing on the West Coast will cut his travel time considerably.

In his Twitter post he said, “Philly, you’ll always be my second home. Thank you to my teammates, coaches, support staff and admin for making my time with the Wings so memorable. To the loyal, loud, and proud – thank you for always having my back. Your passion for the Wings made playing in Philly very special.”