Athlete of the week: Chris Santangelo

By LAUREN DEMPSEY

AOTWWith his versatile stick skills and outstanding conditioning, Chris Santangelo of the Rye High School boys lacrosse team has been named the Athlete of the Week.

Santangelo opened the season for the Garnets by scoring five of his team’s goal in an 8–5 victory over Horace Greeley in the season opener. He has continued this throughout the season, scoring 47 goals along with 6 assists leading up to Sectionals.

Santangelo patrols the midfield for Rye, which requires all-around ability on both offense and defense. He has also helped the Garnets this year with his faceoff ability. Against Rye Country Day, he was able to consistently win the face-offs against the Wildcats, which was a key for the victorious Garnets.

“Chris is an all-around amazing lacrosse player,” teammate Jack O’Brien said. “He is the offensive leader and knows how to create energy with his faceoff wins and fast shot.”

Santangelo showed his versatility in the fall by playing multiple positions for the Garnets football team. It is this adaptability that makes him such an important factor in the Garnets success this season.

“Chris has been the backbone of our team this year”, head coach Brian Dooley said. “He has been stellar in the face-off X and, because of this, he has given us many extra offensive opportunities.”

Next year Chris will take his academic and athletic skills to the University of Pennsylvania, where he will play lacrosse for the Ivy League school.