Mercer Island’s Chase York signs NLI with 2012 NCAA D1 lacrosse champ Loyola of Maryland

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. – Mercer Island High School senior Chase York has signed a National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse for Loyola of Maryland.


Mercer Island High School senior Chase York signs a National Letter of Intent to play NCAA Division I lacrosse with 2012 national champion Loyola of Maryland. (Photo: Megan York)

A US Lacrosse All-America selection at defense and two-time All-State player (2013 – first team, 2012 – second team), York joins a Greyhounds team that ascended to the top of college lacrosse in 2012, winning Loyola’s first-ever NCAA Division I Championship.

“It’s an honor to play for a recent national championship team,” said York, who also played middle linebacker and guard for the Islanders football squad while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.  “One thing that stood out for me is that Loyola really believes in the Greyhound way.  It’s very similar to Mercer Island where everyone is passionate about being an Islander,” he said.

Last spring in lacrosse, York’s 66 ground balls and three points, all assists, helped Mercer Island to a 20-4-0 record, advancing to the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship game where the Islanders finished as runner-up to defending state champion Bellevue High School.

When he joins Loyola in 2014-15, York will be one of two West Coast players on the Charley Toomey– coached Greyhounds squad that finished the 2013 season 11-5-0 (6-1-0 in ECAC play) advancing to the NCAA Division I Tournament before falling in the first round to eventual national champion Duke in a 12-11 double-overtime thriller.

“Coach Toomey is an amazing person and a role model,” said York, who found a great fit for his speed and athleticism in the Greyhounds’ feast-break, transition-style game.  “I’m looking forward playing for him.  It feels great to be a Greyhound.”

York is the third Mercer Island High School senior this year to commit to play lacrosse at the NCAA level.  Islanders senior midfielder Peter Mahony has committed verbally to Division I Yale, while senior goalkeeper Benji Rothenberg committed to play at Division III Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania.

For a list of student-athletes from Washington state high schools that have signed National Letters of Intent or that have made verbal commitments to play NCAA lacrosse visit 2013-14 NCAA Lacrosse Commitments from Washington State.   Last spring, a record 53 high school graduates from Washington state earned varsity lacrosse roster spots at NCAA Division I, II and III schools.

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit

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