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Most players who become known for their success in the faceoff X are usually not also touted for their offensive abilities.
Billy Chabot is an exception.
The rising junior was the leading midfield scorer for Rye High School (NY) this past spring. He also earned all-section honorable mention and all-league honors.
The two-way talent has just decided where he will be taking his array of talents, verbally committing to Colgate, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Chabot, labeled a “great kid and leader” by Prime Travel director Nick Daniello, is an outstanding athlete with good stamina and physical strength.
Chabot, a righty who won 65 percent of his draws for Rye this past spring, is also a strong finisher, who scored 31 goals to go along with nine assists.
What were the main factors in your decision?
Colgate has both great academics and lacrosse, which were two things that were very important to me. Along with that, (Colgate Head) Coach (Mike_ Murphy and his staff made me feel at home as soon as I got on campus.
What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I also considered Yale, Army, Princeton and Harvard.
Have you decided what academic major you plan to pursue?
What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
I like to describe my style of play as old school. I take faceoffs and also play both ways as a middie. I like to get up and down the field, and create opportunities for me to shoot on the run or feed.
What area of your game do you need to work on?
I need to work on my weak hand as well as my game as a feeder.
How did you get introduced to lacrosse and what other sports have you played?
I got introduced to lacrosse at a very young age. Both of my parents played in a college and I have had a stick in my hand since I can remember. I also play football for Rye High School.
What showcase events did you participate in?
This summer, I attended Adrenaline Blackcard and Maverik Showtime.
Any final thoughts and people you want to thank for helping you reach this point?
First, I would like to thank my parents and family for always being there for me and helping me through this process.
I also want to thank Nick and Chris Daniello along with Tom Guadagnolo from Prime Time Lacrosse as they were very helpful in developing me as a player and guiding me through the recruiting process.
Thank you to Brian and Scott Dooley for coaching me the past two years at Rye, as I am looking forward to two more great years.
I also would like to thank Ned Crotty and Greg Gurenlian for helping me develop my game to where it is now.
Lastly, I want to thank all my teammates especially Ryan Kirkpatrick who has been there every step of the way.
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