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Craig Chick

School

Lehigh University

Position
Defense/Long-Stick Midfield
Major
Finance

Classroom

Craig Chick has enjoyed impressive success at a prestigious institution, as Lehigh is currently tied for 46th nationally in the U.S. News and World Report top national universities. Chick is in Lehigh’s business program as a finance major. As a freshman, he was named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll for a semester GPA over 3.2 during his competitive (spring) season. Chick also garnered the Faculty Athletics Council Award. Among his relevant coursework is financial accounting, managerial accounting, business calculus, corporate finance, statistical methods and more.

Character

Chick is a two-time captain of the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team, devoting 20-plus hours per week to weight training, skill work, practice, conditioning, film study and team meetings. Within the men’s lacrosse program, different councils have been created, with Chick heavily involved in the Academic Council (council of five to oversee the academic success of the team) and Leadership Council (council of voted-upon individuals from each class to handle the vision and goals of the team). Chick has taken part in Flight 45, Lehigh Athletics’ Leadership Academy, in both the Emerging Leaders Program (hand-picked student-athletes who undergo leadership development and education) and Leadership Legacy Program (second installment of leadership program for a select few among various athletic teams).

Community

Chick and the men’s lacrosse team has continually taken part in community service. Just a few days into every fall semester, the Mountain Hawks hold their annual community service kickoff for the City of Bethlehem Parks and Recreation. Chick and the Mountain Hawks have also hosted Community Night in the past when they open their doors to all members of the community for an hour-long free lacrosse clinic.

In each of the last two seasons, Lehigh has taken part in the Nicholas Colleluori Classic. Lehigh joined forces with the HEADstrong Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing essential services to improve lives affected by cancer. In 2017, Lehigh Lacrosse more than quadrupled its initial fundraising goal of $3,000 by raising $13,339 for HEADstrong’s 2017 “Go Lime” campaign. It was the most money raised by any team or group of teams in the entire campaign. Then this past fall, the Mountain Hawks absolutely shattered their goal, raising over $20,000 for the fight against cancer.

In the past, Chick has taken part in the Reading Rocks program at local Donegan Elementary School. With Reading Rocks, the whole team spent approximately one hour with the students, helping them read before getting to know the youngsters through playing games and other activities. Every holiday season, Chick and the Mountain Hawks take part in Adopt-A-Family through which they provide a holiday for a local underprivileged family. The process includes shopping for gifts, wrapping them and delivering them in early December.

Competition

Chick was named a preseason first-team All-American by Inside Lacrosse heading into 2019 after rewriting the record books in his first three seasons at Lehigh. A 2018 USILA All-American and a two-time postseason Inside Lacrosse All-American, Chick’s 118 career turnovers are already the Lehigh and Patriot League career records and stand eighth in NCAA history. With a strong senior season, he has a chance to break the NCAA all-time record of 158 held by Detroit’s Jordan Houtby.
Chick is a two-time first-team All-Patriot League honoree. He is the Lehigh single-season record holder in caused turnovers (41 set last season), breaking his own record of 40 set as a sophomore. As a freshman, Chick’s 37 caused turnovers led the nation.
Last year, Chick became Lehigh’s first All-American named to the first or second team in the last 87 years. Since 1931, Lehigh’s 34 All-Americans have all been either third-team or honorable mention honorees. Chick wrapped up his junior season by posting 13 groundballs and six caused turnovers in the Patriot League Tournament to earn All-Tournament Team recognition, helping lead the Mountain Hawks to the Patriot League Championship Game for the first time since 2014.
Chick finished his junior season with 50 groundballs, his third straight year with 50 or more. An anchor of Lehigh’s defense which was ranked as high as sixth nationally, Chick broke the Lehigh career caused turnover record on Mar. 20 at number 18/19 Hofstra and broke the league mark at Boston University.