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Chris Durik

Chris Durik was proud to be selected as a captain of the 2008 MHS Lacrosse Team. He has been an integral member of varsity lacrosse team since his sophomore year and now welcomes the opportunity to be one of its leaders. Christopher has many goals for the 2008 lacrosse season. Like his team-mates, his sights are again set on becoming the State Group 3 and the Somerset County title victors. However, Chris feels confident that the team can continue to climb to the next level which is, of course, the coveted Tournament of Champions.

Chris first picked up a lacrosse stick in a sixth grade gym class. In seventh grade he juggled soccer, baseball and lacrosse. By 8th grade he gave up baseball and to some degree soccer to be able to pursue lacrosse. Chris became a key player in the Montgomery Youth Lacrosse Program and it is here that he clearly began to emerge as a player with athleticism. Those early coaches and mentors predicted that Chris would be a key asset to his high school lacrosse team and that he possessed the skills to also excel at the college level.

Since then lacrosse has become Chris’ primary sport. In his junior year he led not only his team but the Bianchi league in ground balls with a total of 95. He was named to the Second Team All Bianchi Conference and Trenton Times Honorable mention for his lacrosse abilities. In addition, he was an important member of the MHS Lacrosse teams that won County and Conference Championships in 2005, State Championship runner-up in 2006 and County, Conference and State Champs in 2007. Christopher is the teams face-off player and his determination has awarded him success against some of New Jersey’s top face-off specialists. However, Chris’ abilities extend beyond face-offs. He is a classic “between the restraining lines” middie. Tough, hard nosed, and hustler are some of the words that come to mind when coaches think of Chris. He will often be the player to come out of a pile with a ground ball and is usually the first middie in the hole on defense.

Chris has also played and earned varsity letters in soccer and Winter track. Junior year Chris was a member of the 4×400 relay team that broke the school record and set a new Somerset County record.

Importantly, Chris is a true scholar athlete who excels in the class room and has a strong classroom work ethic. He has maintained an “A” average and has been on the honor roll all semesters since freshman year. As a junior he was inducted into the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars.

In addition, Chris has a strong sense of community and a desire to give back. He has followed in his older brother’s Michael footsteps and has become a Certified Fire Fighter for Montgomery Station 45. He has also worked with youth lacrosse and soccer programs.

Chris’ success both on and off the field had firmly put him in the college recruiting process for soccer, track and lacrosse. He has committed to play lacrosse at Colgate University. It is indeed a dream come true to attend a school with such a renowned academic reputation along with its Top 15 Division I lacrosse team. He looks forward to playing once again with MHS alumni and past team mates Jim Yetter and Will Triechler.