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The term two-way midfielder is a well-established one in the lacrosse world.
Not so much.
Chris Gray may change that.
The Class of 2017 standout at Shoreham-Wading River High School (NY) is one attackman who’s as active on defense as he is on offense.
“I value stripping a defender as much as I do scoring a goal,” Gray said.
Gray will be taking his two-way talents to the Division I level, committing to Boston University, a decision first reported when it was made by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-6, 150-pound Gray is an agile and skilled righty with a quick release, fast and accurate shot and outstanding field vision.
He is a three-sport standout who also excels in football and basketball.
Now, here’s a Q&A with Chris on his commitment.
What were the main factors in your decision?
BU has the perfect combination of a highly academic university and a strong up-and-coming lacrosse program set in an exciting city.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
Throughout the recruiting process I visited and met some great people at Hofstra, Bryant, Fairfield and Binghamton. In addition, I was considering visits to West Point and Vermont University. I would like to thank each of these programs for their time and interest in me.
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My primary strengths are the ability to see the field combined with quick change of direction. I like to drive to the cage and either finish or assist.
My style of play is aggressive and tenacious especially while riding.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
Of course, I will have to improve my strength and speed but more specifically I will be working on my off hand shooting as well as my ability to finish inside.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse?
I have to thank my older brother Nick for introducing me to lacrosse.
When we first moved to Shoreham-Wading River, I used to watch Nick play wondering when it would be my turn.
What travel team do you play on what showcase events did you participate in?
Throughout the last five years, I have constantly played on two travel teams: FLG- 2017 and Shoreham Wading River travel.
Playing on these teams has given me the opportunity to participate in a number of showcase events.
Most recently, I attended the Suffolk vs. Nassau Top 20 Rising Sophomore game and the Fab Frosh Showcase.
Any final thoughts?
First off, I would like to thank my parents, my brother and the rest of my extended family for their continued support. I could not have done this alone.
In addition, each of the following coaches has invested considerably in me over the years: all the SWR youth coaches, Mike Winkoff and the staff at FLG, and SWR HS coaches, Justin Arini and Brian Baker.
A special thanks to coach and friend Paul Curran for not only teaching me the game, but teaching me a few life lessons along the way.
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