Sophomore honored as Lacrosse Magazine’s Player of the Week

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Sophomore Garrett Chan has been named Lacrosse Magazine’s player of the week in NCAA Division II men’s lacrosse following the Royals’ victory over Mercyhurst University, a top-10 opponent.

Chan scored four goals to help Queens come back from being down 7-3 at halftime. The Royals beat nationally ranked Mercyhurst with a final score of 8-7. Chan has had 20 goals and 4 assists this season, giving him a total of 24 points.

When he received this honor, Chan said he did not realize how big of a deal and honor that it was. Lacrosse Magazine’s player of the week does not only recognize players from the South Atlantic Conference (SAC), the conference in which Queens Athletics competes, but from all Division II lacrosse players. Chan is the only Queens player to have been recognized by the magazine.

He feels blessed by this honor not only by its recognition of his hard work, but also because of the recognition that it brings to the whole team and program on a national scale.

Chan, an attacker from Port Conquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, has been playing lacrosse since he was 5 years old. He has a lot of passion for the game and loves the relationships that he has gotten to build with his teammates.

“You win and lose together,” he said. “It’s like gaining brothers and having another family.”

Chan gives credit to one of his high school teammates for influencing the player and person that he is today. His teammate committed suicide. This really had a great impact on Chan, who described him as the “perfect coachable athlete.” He aspires to carry his teammate on with him through the way he carries himself in every aspect of student athletics.

“He was the the hardest working kid and had amazing morals and values that I look up to,” he said.

Chan’s personal goal this year is to receive the award of All-American Men’s Lacrosse player. To do so, he is striving to place top 10 in points in the entire Division II division. The team goals are to finish the season 13-3, win the conference and to make the NCAA tournament. The team currently sits second in the SAC with five wins and three losses.

He views his role on the team as an offensive leader with the responsibility to create offensive opportunities and push the ball in any and all situations. He thinks that what makes him a strong player is that he is not afraid to take risks, even if he loses the ball.

The Royals’ next home game is Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. at Dickson Field against Mars Hill College.

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