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Chris Merle

200 lbs.
Westhampton Beach, N.Y.
Westhampton Beach
High School
Chris Merle - Men's Lacrosse - Virginia Cavaliers

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2021 – “Rough and tumble quality to his game … can ignore pain and the impending crunch or slash in pursuit of the lacrosse ball … this hungry dog hunts … cerebral acumen for defense has skyrocketed during his three years here.” 2020 – “After two years of playing multiple positions for us, including carrying a long stick, and overcoming injury, Chris is in the correct role and is prepared to have a break out season.  Without fail, he proves himself daily to be one of our most tenacious competitors.  Chris’ repertoire of traits makes him an ideal short-stick defensive midfielder:  gritty, a ground ball vacuum and in possession of a powerful, neutralizing two-handed check.” 2019 – “Back and forth between the offensive and defensive meetings, film sessions and drills, this versatile, ball-swarming midfielder continues to prove his tireless work ethic in all of our training.” 2018 – “Chris’ role this spring will be as both an offensive and defensive midfielder while he learns our system. Having just entered UVA in January of 2018 after a semester at IMG, Chris will be asked to learn a great deal in a short amount of time.”

• Appeared in all 18 games as a SSDM
• Picked up 17 ground balls and caused three turnovers
• Had a season-high three ground balls vs. Duke

• Appeared in all six games as a SSDM
• Picked up five ground balls in the season-opening win over Loyola
• Caused two turnovers against Lehigh

• Missed season with an injury

• Appeared in 16 of UVA’s 18 games
• Saw all his time as a SSDM
• Collected one assist, picked up 11 ground balls and caused four turnovers
• Recorded first career assist against Dartmouth
• Picked up three ground balls against VMI, Princeton and High Point

• Spent the Fall of 2017 at the IMG Academy
• A 2017 graduate of Westhampton
• Notched a school record with 79 points (44 goals, 35 assists) in 2017
• Named all-county in 2017, along with being team MVP and the CH12 Award winner
• Spent two years at St. Anthony’s where he earned all-league honors
• Helped St. Anthony’s win the NSCHAA Championship
• Helped St. Anthony’s go 3-0 vs. rival Chaminade for the first time since 2001
• Also played football at Westhampton and St. Anthony’s

• Son of Hugh and Christina Merle
• Has one brother, Zack, who plays lacrosse at Lafayette
• Grandfather, Robert Deuber, was a running back at Penn and was drafted by the Baltimore Colts
• National Honor Society
• St. Bonaventure Award winner
• Honor Roll Annual Recipient
• Won the Paul Harris Fellow Award for community service
• Is a B.S.A. Eagle Scout
• Enjoys snowboarding and basketball
• Major is foreign affairs