Crane suspended from Loyola men's lacrosse team

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Loyola's Jason Crane, from Pasadena, helps defend the goal in the second quarter against Navy during a game last season in Baltimore.

Senior defenseman Jason Crane has been suspended from the Loyola University men's lacrosse team due to an off-campus incident, The Capital has learned.

Crane has not played for Loyola since the season opener against Virginia on Feb. 13. The Chesapeake High graduate started on close defense and totaled two ground balls and a caused turnover in an 11-4 victory over the Cavaliers.


Crane is no longer listed on the Loyola roster and cannot participate in team activities, a source close to the situation told The Capital. Reporters have not spotted the Pasadena resident on the Loyola sideline for the last three games. Head coach Charley Toomey and Loyola University athletic officials would not comment on the nature of the offense.

Crane started 15 games on close defense as a junior and amassed 13 ground balls and six caused turnovers. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder played in a total of 45 games during his collegiate career.


As a freshman, Crane organized a visit of the Loyola lacrosse team to Newtown, Connecticut after that town was rocked by the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Upon learning of the tragedy, Crane reached out to leaders of the Newtown Youth Lacrosse Association and arranged for Loyola players to participate in a winter clinic.

"It was a terrible situation what happened up there and I was wondering what we could do to help," Crane told The Capital for an article that appeared in January, 2013. "I realized the best way we could do something positive was through lacrosse."

A total of 14 Loyola players wound up leading the clinic, which drew more than 100 youngsters from the Newtown area. Crane was named the 2013 recipient of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award in recognition of his outreach effort and the relationship between Loyola men's lacrosse and Newtown has continued ever since.

"Jason has been a valued member of our team, and he started a tremendous relationship with the Newtown Youth Lacrosse program," Loyola head coach Charley Toomey said in a statement.

Attempts to reach Crane and his parents for comment were unsuccessful.