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The Sun Devils are currently riding a four-game win streak as they enter their next three SLC Conference games. In that four-game stretch junior midfielder Ryan Bradway has put up monster stats including nine goals and three assists. On the season, he has recorded 11 goals and 10 assists.
Sophomore attack Jake Marthens talked about what qualities the attack unit benefits from Bradway on the field.
“His Vision mostly, he always finds a lot of people on the crease and pushes the tempo when we need to,”said Marthens.
Head Coach Todd MacRobbie also discussed Bradways recent success on the field.
“Well I think Ryan Bradway is finally figuring it out, the guys he’s playing with so it’s helping him a lot,” MacRobbie said. “We knew he could play, he was able to be that guy, he wouldn’t be playing Division I lacrosse beforehand if he couldn’t play.”
It was not an easy path for Bradway to come to Arizona State.
A Captain at Seneca High School in New Jersey, Bradway lead the team to state finals in 2013 and 2014. After high school Bradway decided to stay home and committed to play NCAA Division I lacrosse at NJIT. In his freshman campaign Bradway played in every game for the Highlanders and in the 2016 season he started 13 games while being one of team’s biggest weapons. As a sophomore He ranked second in the team in assists with 10, fourth on the team in points with 15, and he scooped up 31 ground balls, which was ranked second on the team in 2016. Bradway was also apart of NJIT’S first win in program history when they beat Dartmouth 10-7 on March 22nd last year.
After the 2016 season Bradway decided to leave home and head to the Valley.
“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity I had at NJIT, but I just wanted a bigger school feel,”Bradway said. “ASU gave me my major, had a good lacrosse program so I figured I’d come out west,”
Bradway also discussed what this biggest factor in the offenses recent production.
“Honestly I think we’ve all been moving well together, we’re finally clicking,” Bradway said. “I think now that we have a fall semester under us we’re finally working as a team moving on ball and off ball, we’re just clicking.”
Bradway’s offensive playmaking has exponentially increased since the start of the season. In the first six games of the season he recorded just two assists, Now he currently leads the team in the passing department.
“I think what took him a while was fitting in with the guys, eastcoast, westcoast, fitting in and picking up the lifestyle” MacRobbie said.”Once he figured out how to do it, he’s doing really well.”
Look for Bradway to continue to establish himself as a lethal threat for the Sun Devils as they take on the San Diego State Aztecs March 22nd at 1:00 in San Diego.