Mercer Island High School senior Chase York has signed a National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for Loyola University of Maryland
A U.S. Lacrosse All-America selection at defense and two-time All-State player (2013 – first team, 2012 – second team), York joins the Greyhounds team that ascended to the top of college lacrosse in 2012, winning Loyola’s first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.
“It’s an honor to play for a recent national championship team,” said York, who also played middle linebacker and guard for the Islanders football squad while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. “One thing that stood out for me is that Loyola really believes in the ‘Greyhound Way.’ It’s very similar to Mercer Island, where everyone is passionate about being an Islander,” he said.
Last spring in lacrosse, York’s 96 ground balls and six points helped Mercer Island to a 20-4-0 record, advancing to the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship game, where the Islanders finished as runner-up to defending state champion Bellevue High School.
When he joins Loyola in 2014-15, York will be one of two West Coast players on the Charley Toomey- coached Greyhounds squad that finished the 2013 season 11-5-0 (6-1-0 in ECAC play) advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament before falling in the first round to eventual national champion Duke in a 12-11 double-overtime thriller.
“Coach Toomey is an amazing person and a role model,” said York, who found a great fit for his speed and athleticism in the Greyhounds’ fast-break, transition-style game. “I’m looking forward playing for him. It feels great to be a Greyhound.”
York is the third Mercer Island High School senior this year to commit to play lacrosse at the NCAA level. Islander senior midfielder Peter Mahony has made a verbal commitment to Division I Yale, while senior goalkeeper Benji Rothenberg has committed to play at Division III Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.
Last spring, a record 53 high school graduates from Washington state earned varsity lacrosse roster spots at NCAA Division I, II and III schools.