Before he could walk, Maclay senior Stephen Chase had a lacrosse stick in his hand.
He couldn’t avoid lacrosse, not if he tried. It was in his bloodline.
His father, Brook Chase, was raised in Syracuse, N.Y., and wound up a collegiate player at prolific Syracuse University, winning NCAA championships from 1988-90.
Growing up in Syracuse as well, all of Stephen Chase’s friends played lacrosse, so he did too.
“I played hockey for a little while, but lacrosse was the way to go,” Chase said. “Everything we did was lacrosse. When we moved to Tallahassee, I did a skills camp over the summer and the skill level wasn’t at high. I knew I was going to have to do more stuff in the summer and work even harder to get where I wanted to go and play Division-I.”
All the effort put in since he arrived at Maclay in eighth grade has paid off, as Stephen Chase has been named the 2015 All-Big Bend Player of the Year for boys lacrosse, also marking the fourth consecutive year he has made the First Team.
“I became more of a distributor this year, more of a feeder,” said Chase, who scored 79 goals and recorded 35 assists, area highs in both categories. “We ran more stuff through our midfield this year than we have before. I was feeding more than shooting, and it was a slow-down offense, which I’m not really used to. It was different for me, but I got into it.”
While teammate and fellow first-team All-Big Bend performer Teddy Transou is headed to Duke to meet up with brother and former All-Big Bend Player of the Year Tripp Transou, Chase is headed to Notre Dame following an effective redshirt year of preparatory school.
“I think it’s really good for the area,” said Chase, ” because kids realize they can go play D-1 if you’re not from a hotbed area.”
Maclay’s Hardy is Coach of the Year
In his first year at Maclay, head coach Tyler Hardy changed the systems that the returning Marauders’ players had come to know.
The former Duke University All-American had his ideas on how bring about success. Even though Maclay fell short of the state tournament, it was in the regional final game until the last moment, and the Marauders’ collective communication and responsiveness to change paid off over the course of the season.
For his efforts during an 18-4 season and another Marauders’ district title run in undefeated fashion, Hardy is the 2015 All-Big Bend Coach of the Year for boys lacrosse.
“I knew the team was good and there was a lot talent, but what I was pleasantly surprised with was the work ethic,” Hardy said. “Whether it’s playing another sport, in the weight room, on the track, I thought I’d have to do more coaching that stuff and didn’t have to do much at all. These kids are really committed to a level I hadn’t expected.”
2015 All-Big Bend lacrosse
Player of the Year: Stephen Chase, Maclay
Coach of the Year: Tyler Hardy, Maclay
Ryan Thomas, Sr., Lincoln – 161 saves
Stephen Chase, Sr., Maclay – 79 G, 35 A, 46 GB
Luke Langford, Sr., Maclay – 49 G, 31 A, 25 GB
Garritt Schwarz, So., Maclay – 19 G, 19 A, 25 GB
Andrew Meyer, Jr., Lincoln – 24 G, 10 A, 15 GB
Logan Short, Fr., Chiles – 33 G, 15 A, 22 GB
Lewis Langford, Jr., Maclay – 30 G, 20 A, 32 GB
Chad Minter, Jr., Maclay – 15 G, 8 A, 116 GB, 85% FO
Alex Bynum, Jr., Lincoln – 18 G, 8 A, 120 GB, 60% FO
Teddy Transou, Sr., Maclay – 10 G, 7A, 59 GB
Jimmy Wheeler, Jr., Maclay – 3 G, 61 GB
Tyler Palmer, Sr., Lincoln – 1 G, 1A, 64 GB
Austin Cook, Jr., Maclay – 2.2 GAA
Andy Ramos, Sr., Chiles – 22 G, 11 A, 31 GB
Ray Spaulding, Jr., Chiles – 18 G, 8 A, 33 GB
Chris Shipe, Sr., Chiles – 16 G, 6 A, 42 GB
Sean O’Halloran, Sr., Lincoln – 19 G, 1 A, 45 GB
Javi Masferrer, Sr., Maclay – 20 G, 11 A, 11 GB
Jared Pichard, Fr., Maclay – 6 G, 1A, 49 GB
Mike Williams, Sr., Chiles – 49 GB
Tripp Hunter, Jr., Maclay – 26 GB
Shane Shively, Fr., Leon – 3 G, 3 A, 66 GB
Kyle Long, Jr., Leon – 168 saves
Zeke Joiner, So., Chiles – 96 saves
Andrew Goren, Jr., Lincoln – 19 G, 3 A, 22 GB
Scott Ereckson, Jr., Maclay – 7 G, 1 A, 38 GB
Danny Manausa, Jr., Leon – 14 G, 7 A, 26 GB
Devon Foster, Sr., Leon – 8 G, 3 A, 44 GB