Chris Massey (lacrosse)

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Chris Massey
— Lacrosse player —
Position Attackman
NCAA team Princeton University
Former NLL teams New York Saints (19992000)
Former MLL teams Boston Cannons (2001)
New Jersey Pride (2001–2002)
Long Island Lizards (20032007)
Los Angeles Riptide (2007)
Nationality USA
NLL Draft 16th overall, 1998
New York Saints
Pro career 1999–2007
Career highlights
College highlights
Records
  • Princeton consecutive games with a goal (46, 1998–present)
Professional highlights

Christopher G. "Chris" Massey is a retired lacrosse attackman who played professional field lacrosse in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL). He starred as a member of the Princeton Tigers men's lacrosse team from 1995 through 1998, where he earned three United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-American recognitions, four Ivy League championships, and three national championships. He holds the Princeton lacrosse scoring records for consecutive games with a goal and ranks second in career goals. As a professional, he paid his way through law school as the MLL's only part-time law student/lawyer. In high school he was a two-time All-American and a state champion.

Background[edit]

Massey is from Garden City, New York on Long Island.[1] Massey was a member of the Garden City High School New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B lacrosse championship team in 1994.[2] At Garden City, Massey was a two-time high school All-American in lacrosse.[3]

College career[edit]

Massey was part of a trio of revered attackmen who were Princeton classmates along with Jesse Hubbard and Jon Hess.[4][5] As starters, the trio of All-Americans, which retired second (Hess), third (Hubbard) and fourth (Massey) career points at Princeton,[6] had a 43–2 record and combined for 618 points.[7] He was a second team USILA All-American Team selection in 1998 and third team selection in 1996 and 1997.[8][9][10] He was also first team All-Ivy League in 1997 and 1998 and an honorable mention selection in 1996.[11][12][13] The 1995 team, which earned the school's sixth consecutive NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship invitation,[14] was Ivy League co-champion,[15] while the 1996–1998 teams were 6–0 undefeated outright conference champions.[11][12][13] These undefeated league champions won the 1996, 1997 and 1998 NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championships, becoming the first team to threepeat since Syracuse from 1988–90 and the first to be recognized to have done so without an NCAA scandal since Johns Hopkins from 1978–80.[7]

In the 1996 NCAA championship quarterfinals, he scored five goals in the 22–6 victory over Towson State.[16] In the 1996 semifinals, he scored a game-high six goals in an 11–9 victory over Syracuse, including a key goal after Syracuse tied the score at 9.[17] In the 1997 semifinals, he scored a game-high three goals in the 10–9 come-from-behind victory over Duke, including the tenth one as they erased a 9–7 deficit.[18] He scored three goals in the 19–7 1997 championship game victory against Maryland.[19] The 1997 team is regarded as the best in school history with a record number of wins during its 15–0 season.[20] He served as co-captain of the 1998 team,[21] and he scored a goal during the 1998 Championship game against Maryland.[7][22] Massey holds the Princeton record for consecutive games with a goal (46) and remains second to Hubbard in career goals (146 vs. 163) at Princeton.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Massey played with the New York Saints during the 1999 and 2000 NLL seasons.[23] Although the MLL has many part-time players who work in other professions on off days, Massey was the first lawyer.[24] Massey began his MLL career with the Boston Cannons during the 2001 MLL season after being drafted in the third round of the 2001 MLL Inaugural Team Draft.[25] Massey joined the New Jersey Pride later that season and played with them during the 2002 MLL season as well.[26][27] He then played with the Long Island Lizards from 2003 through 2007 after they acquired him along with Jay Jalbert.[28][29] He finished his career at the end of the 2007 season with the Los Angeles Riptide.[26] The Lizards considered him to be the 16th best player and the trade to acquire him to be "perhaps the greatest trade" in the franchise's first ten seasons.[29] Massey helped the Lizards win the 2003 MLL Steinfeld Cup championship.[2] He works in the corporate litigation department at the New York and New Jersey offices of Bressler, Amery & Ross. After graduating from Princeton, in 1998, he started at Brooklyn Law School in 2001 and worked at Bressler for the first two summers. He passed the New York and New Jersey bar examinations during the 2004 MLL season and subsequently began full-time employment at Bressler in September 2004.[24]

Personal[edit]

Massey was a regular surfer on the Jersey Shore during his time at Princeton.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wallace, William N. (1997-04-18). "College Lacrosse Report". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Chris Massey Officially Joins Silverfin Lacrosse to Present the First Annual Silverfin Lacrosse Recruiting Camp". PR Newswire. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  3. ^ "Chris Massey Officially Joins Silverfin Lacrosse to Present the First Annual Silverfin Lacrosse Recruiting Camp". Earth Times. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-10-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ a b Walters, John (1998-03-09). "Three For Three For Three: A fierce attack has led Princeton to 29 straight wins and two NCAA titles in a row". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  5. ^ Wallace, William N. (1998-03-19). "Colleges: Lacrosse; Syracuse Is on Top In the Poll". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  6. ^ a b "Men's Lacrosse". Princeton University. p. 26. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  7. ^ a b c Wallace, William N. (1998-05-26). "Lacrosse; Princeton Wins Title as 3 Seniors Take a Bow". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  8. ^ "1996 Men’s All-Americans". United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  9. ^ "1997 Men’s All-Americans". United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  10. ^ "1998 Men’s All-Americans". United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  11. ^ a b "1996 Ivy Men's Lacrosse". IvyLeagueSports.com. Archived from the original on 2005-01-22. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  12. ^ a b "1997 Ivy Men's Lacrosse". IvyLeagueSports.com. Archived from the original on 2005-01-22. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  13. ^ a b "1998 Ivy Men's Lacrosse". IvyLeagueSports.com. Archived from the original on 2005-01-22. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  14. ^ "Men's Championship Results". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 5. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  15. ^ "1995 Ivy Men's Lacrosse". IvyLeagueSports.com. Archived from the original on 2005-01-22. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  16. ^ Wallace, William N. (1996-05-19). "Lacrosse; Princeton and Syracuse Roll Into the Final Four". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  17. ^ Wallace, William N. (1996-05-26). "Lacrosse; Princeton to Face Virginia in Title Game". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  18. ^ Wallace, William N. (1997-05-25). "Record Crowd Sees Maryland and Princeton Win and Advance to the N.C.A.A. Final". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  19. ^ Wallace, William N. (1997-05-27). "Princeton Routs Maryland to Capture Title and End on a Perfect Note". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  20. ^ "Men’s Lacrosse". Princeton University. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-11. 
  21. ^ "Men's Lacrosse". Princeton University. p. 21. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  22. ^ "Men's lacrosse "Three-peats":Tierney's troops cap third consecutive national title". Princeton University. 1998-07-08. Retrieved 2010-08-17. 
  23. ^ "Career Stats". National Lacrosse League. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  24. ^ a b "Massey Named MLL Offensive Player of the Week". Long Island Lizards. 2005-06-06. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  25. ^ "2009 Major League Lacrosse Media Guide". Major League Lacrosse. p. 12. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  26. ^ a b "2010 Major League Lacrosse Player Encyclopedia". Major League Lacrosse. p. 86. Retrieved 2010-08-19. 
  27. ^ "New Jersey Pride Clinsh Playoff Spot Defeating The Long Island Lizards 18-15". New Jersey Pride. 2002-08-10. Retrieved 2010-08-18. [dead link]
  28. ^ "Lizards acquire two local stars in blockbuster trade". Long Island Lizards. 2003. Retrieved 2010-08-18. 
  29. ^ a b "All-Time Top Lizards: #20-#16". Long Island Lizards. 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-18.