The junior long stick middie, close defender and co-captain had a standout performance during the Gators' Spring Break trip to Clearwater, Fla., tallying three goals, 28 ground balls, 13 takeways and one assist. Last spring, Verdeur was a first team All-Main Line and first team All-Friends' Schools League selection, and his two-way excellence (144 ground balls, 72 takeaways, seven goals, including two in the FSL championship game), was key to the Gators' fifth straight league title. Off the field, Verdeur is captain of the Shipley boys' swimming team and particiaptes in the school's theater program.
Main Line Media News: You had a great stretch on your recent four-game spring break trip. What to you was the highlight of the trip? Was there one play that stands out in your memory — can you describe the unfolding of the play, and your role in it?
Chris Verdeur: The highlight of the trip for me was bonding with my teammates and coaches. The game sequence that stands out for me especially was in our last game against Grays Lake Central High School, I got the ball at midfield and ran down the right alley and took a three quarter bounce shot that skipped by the goalie with 1:26 left in the game.
Main Line Media News: It's been said that longstick middies combine the aggression and defensive prowess of close defenders with the speed, field vision, and stick skills of a midfielder. You play both long stick middie and close defender — do you feel long stick middie is a more demanding position?
Chris Verdeur: I certainly feel that longstick middie calls for much more running than close defenders, but I also feel that each position in lacrosse has its own demands. Close defenders may run less than longstick midfielders but they have to worry about clearing the ball and situations at goal line extended. Both positions have demands that players must fulfill.
Main Line Media News: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game?
Chris Verdeur: My speed and my stickwork.
Main Line Media News: What part of your game are you working on the most currently?
Chris Verdeur: I am always trying to get better footwork and I am trying to pack on more muscle.
Main Line Media News: What colleges are among your current favorites? What do you think you'd like to major in?
Chris Verdeur: I have no current favorites at this time, but I would love to play lacrosse in college and I am interested in psychology.
Main Line Media News: Do you participate in any other sports/extracurricular activities at Shipley? What sparked your interest in these activities?
Chris Verdeur: I am captain of the swim team and I participate in theater during the fall at Shipley. Swimming runs in my family and its a great way to get in shape. I started getting involved in theater my sophomore year and I have really enjoyed it. I feel that it has really helped me grow as a person and I have been privileged to get to know and work with with the head of the theater dept. Mr. Brown.
Chris Verdeur's favorites
Book: The Great Gatsby.
Author: Sherman Alexie.
TV show: "TV? I don't have time for that.'
Pre-game pump-up song: "I play my best when I am relaxed. I'm also a pretty chill guy, Anything by the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and lately I've been really into Kid Cudi.'
Athlete: "My Dad, he played college football at Penn and is an award winning Triathlete and he has always supported me.'
Historical figure (past and/or present): "Pope Francis is the man.'
Place to visit: "Anywhere on the Jersey Shore.'
To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by their coach.)