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Stony Brook the choice of field lacrosse options
McLean Chicquen’s future in lacrosse is secured.
The long-time Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association Thunder player has spent most of his years in lacrosse playing the boxla variety, but it’s the field version where his talents will be put to the test in a high-level program.
After much consideration, Chicquen decided to accept a full-ride scholarship to Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York from seven schools he considered. He won’t actually be going to Stony Brook for one more year, giving him the opportunity to further develop and prepare within the Claremont Sports Institute program.
“I actually get credits for playing lacrosse which is pretty cool,’’ said Chicquen.
Chicquen attracted considerable attention during the past year, primarily for his play with the Victoria Shamrocks Intermediate A box lacrosse team. There’s such a crossover between the sports, the field programs follow the box lacrosse players and results very closely.
“Box lacrosse was part of the reason I got a scholarship,’’ said Chicquen. “I had a really strong year.’’
He was one of four valley players on the Intermediate A Shamrocks along with Graham Winship, Jamie Jensen and Ryan Taylor who helped the team to third place in the provincials, although that wasn’t the result they were seeking.
“We really thought we were going to win it this year,’’ said Chicquen.
Nonetheless, his own play on the team plus past field experience with Mid-Island, Vic Field and Nanaimo led to him having serious discussions with Div. 1 U.S. schools.
Chicquen narrowed the list down and visited three, including Providence College and Stony Brook on the same weekend in late June, and Bellarmine University in Kentucky in early July.
“I knew Stony Brook was the fit for me,’’ said Chicquen after the official visits.
“No. 1 was probably the facility there. Their training facility and stadium was unmatched. I just got chills standing in the stadium.’’
Chicquen decided it would be best for him to remain with the Claremont program another year, play for the Junior Shamrocks, take dual credit university courses and then go to Stony Brook next August.
“I chose to take the year off to get bigger and better,’’ he added. “I want to make a big impact as soon as I step on the field.’’
The availability of scholarships was another factor in his decision.
Stony Brook already gave out its allotment of scholarships for 2013.
“A full ride scholarship’s one of three they can give out per year,’’ explained Chicquen.
B.C. lacrosse standouts Brody Eastwood and Challen Rogers are already attending Stony Brook and enjoying great success in the American East Conference, making that option even more attractive to Chicquen.
It may be a long way from home, but Stony Brook’s location is appealing to Chicquen.
“It is about as far away as I could get from Vancouver Island, but that was just coincidence,’’ he indicated. “It is a beautiful location and the athletic and academic support at Stony Brook was most impressive.’’