Brunswick School graduate and Darien native Jimmy Craft was recently named captain of Yale University’s 2014 lacrosse team.
A defenseman, Craft played an instrumental role in Yale’s succes this spring – a season that saw it finish 12-5 and reach the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament. Yale finished the 2013 season ranked sixth in Division I, yielding just 7.9 goals per game and Craft was one of the reasons why. The 2010 Brunswick graduate gathered 39 ground balls and caused 17 turnovers for the season.
Craft commented on his new role on Yale’s website: “This is a tremendous honor, but I am more excited about leading this team with eight other seniors,” Craft said. “We are such a tight-knit class. Everyone is ready to lead next year. Our goal is to take the next step for this program, which means winning the Ivy regular season and tournament.”
Craft has been a fixture in Yale’s lineup since arriving at the school, appearing in all 47 games for Yale, which lost to Syracuse in the NCAA quarterfinals. I remember Craft’s lacrosse days at Brunswick, where he excelled on the varsity team for three seasons. I also covered most of the Bruins’ football games when he was the team’s starting quarterback. He had a standout senior season, using his strong arm to pass for more than 2,000 yards and 20-plus touchdowns.