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By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 12/21/09
Episcopal Academy senior midfielder Chase Growney has committed to play Division III lacrosse at Trinity College (CT).
Growney helped the Churchmen finish 13-8 and place third in the powerful Inter-Ac League last year. He plays club lacrosse for Mesa Fresh 2010 and was selected to play in the Eastern Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association Showcase in June.
Growney chose Trinity, located in Hartford, for its academic reputation and top-rated sports programs. Growney has many ties to Trinity. His father, Scott, a former scholastic All-American from Harriton, graduated from Trinity and still holds the school record for points in a season (73 in 1980). Also, EA coach Andy Hayes is a Trinity grad.
“Trinity has a beautiful campus and it is in a league of its own academically,” he said. “It has a great balance of academics and athletics. Its athletics were one of my motivations for the decision.”
Growney also noted that many of Trinity’s teams are highly successful – most notably the squash team, which has won over 200 straight matches and has the longest win streak in intercollegiate sports history.
The lacrosse team, coached by fourth-year coach Jeff Finlay, went 10-6 last year.
“The school has a great atmosphere and great sports teams,” Growney said. “Coach Finlay has done a lot for the program in his first three years, bringing them up 30 spots in the rankings. Now, I hope to catch them on the way up.”
Growney plans to major in Economics, but is keeping his options open.
Growney is confident the Churchmen will again challenge for the Inter-Ac League crown.
“I’m really excited about the season,” he said. “(Seniors) Jackson (Place) and Elliot (Albert) are really uniting the team and we have great camaraderie.”