SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2012
Chip Young named third MLAX captain
Chip Young, left, is the newst JU captain. Play Video
Chip Young, left, is the newst JU captain.
A lot of hard work bore fruit for one men’s lacrosse player this week when midfielder Chip Young got one of the biggest surprises of his career.

Following practice on Thursday, coach Guy Van Arsdale announced to the team that Young, from Pittsburgh, Pa., had been elected the team’s third captain joining Cameron Mann and Jake Ziegler in the role.

“It’s an honor,’’ Young said. “I thought the two captains were set in stone. But, anyone on the team can be a leader; you don’t have to have a C on your jersey.’’

Young, who missed virtually all the fall season with knee surgery, has bounced back with a vengeance.

“He has demonstrated a great ability to lead,’’ Van Arsdale said. “We recognized that and I went to the other coaches and players and we decided he deserved to be a captain. The players take to him very well.’’

Being a captain isn’t completely new to Young, who transferred here from the University of Maryland after redshirting his first year, as he held the spot as a high school senior in both lacrosse and football (he played running back and free safety). Other than work ethic, he believes other factors are involved in this week’s move.

“I’m a business major and have taken a lot of leadership classes so that’s probably played a part in it,’’ he said. “And, I’m the oldest guy on the team (at 23). I guess it comes from all the experience I have.’’

Young didn’t necessarily have being a captain in mind, but with a new program, it is in its third year, there has been ample time to prove oneself.

“When we started the program everyone was new and it didn’t matter what your age was,’’ he said. “It gave everyone the opportunity to step up as a leader.’’

Now, in his final year, like many other seniors he has a unique perspective on this season.

“The main thing this year I’ve understood that this is probably the last year I’ll ever play lacrosse and it’s the last year I will play with this group of kids,’’ he said. “I couldn’t have picked a better place to be and a better team to be on and I didn’t want to be OK with the status quo. I want to put our program on the map.’’