Chris Drake knows exactly how he’d like his first or second collegiate lacrosse season to end.
Drake is a senior attackman at Morristown High School (N.J.). It’s also important to know that Drake’s brother, Matt, is a sophomore defenseman at Widener University in Chester, Pa.
Chris Drake, meanwhile, has decided on another strong Division III program, Denison, in Granville, Ohio.
“My dream is to one day play against him in the national championship,” Chris said.
The 6-foot, 200-pound Drake is a righty finisher with good strength and a high lacrosse IQ. You can watch his highlight reel here. Drake’s decision was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Chris on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Denison’s great academic reputation, winning lacrosse tradition, and (Denison Head) Coach (Mike) Caravana. Coach Caravana was awesome throughout my recruiting process and he is a great coach and an even better man.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Marquette, Bowdoin, Kenyon, Union, Trinity, Detroit Mercy, Swarthmore and Widener.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My lacrosse IQ and my strength. I like to think I make smart decisions with the ball and I am a finisher.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I would like to work on my speed.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
My older brother started playing lacrosse when I was in second grade. I started going to his games and I fell in love with the sport and have been playing ever since. I also play football for my high school.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
I played for STEPS Future All-Stars as well as Colonial Elite. I also participated in the New England Top 150 Showcase, and my Morris County East team won the 2013 Garden State Challenge.
Any final thoughts?
I would like to thank my high school coach, Jeff Bigas. Coach Bigas has been a great role model for me and has always pushed me to improve my game and to work hard since I was in middle school. He loves lacrosse and knows the game as well as anybody I have ever met. He was a huge asset for me during my recruiting process and I would not be committed to a great school like Denison without him.
I also want to thank my dad. He was always willing to drive me to visit all the different schools and the different showcases that I needed to go to. He also gave me great advice throughout the process.
Lastly, I want to thank my older brother Matt Drake, who plays defense at Widener University. He too has always pushed me and inspired me to play college lacrosse.
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