CCS two-sport standout earns lacrosse scholarship
The Christchurch School athletic program has been on the map for football and basketball talent over the past few years, with numerous NCAA Division I scholarships earned and All-America honors bestowed. This week, the “fastest game on two feet” joined the party. For the first time in a decade, a Christchurch School lacrosse player has made it to the top of the scholastic side of lacrosse.
Alexandria’s Collin Brooke, a rising senior at CCS, earned an NCAA Division I lacrosse scholarship offer this past week to Quinnipiac University.
The 6’4”, 195-lb. Brooke is the captain of both the CCS lacrosse and football teams. Brooke has made all-star teams in both sports over his tenure at CCS. However, this latest honor sits at the top. Quinnipiac coach Eric Fekete offered Brooke the major award over the weekend while Brooke and his family were visiting the school. On Wednesday, Brooke called back to say that he would accept the offer.
The competition for college lacrosse scholarship money is fierce. In NCAA Division I lacrosse, each team is allowed a maximum of 12.5 full scholarships, and 40 players. Depending on the university, some have fewer.
Quinnipiac has eight scholarships to give. Most programs will split several full scholarships and offer 50% scholarships to its top players. Such was Brooke’s offer.
Fekete told the Brooke family that Collin is the next leader of his defense.
Brooke has spent the entire summer on the camp circuit, working long day after long day, as all scholarship level players must. In fact, the Jake Reed Nike Blue Chip Camp on the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) campus was the scene where he sealed the deal with the Quinnipiac staff. He also played in the Brine Shoot-out at University of Maryland Baltimore College, and an action photo of him was featured on the ESPN.com lacrosse page.
Brooke is coached at Christchurch School by Vince Smith, a high school and college All-American, and a history teacher at the school. “I am very proud of Collin and extremely happy for him and his family,” said Smith. “Since there are not many scholarships available for this sport, it is a true honor to be offered an award of this size.”
As a junior, Brooke really turned it on at Christchurch School. A leader in football, he has started on offense and defense since his sophomore year, but in the 2008-09 school year, Brooke’s academics took off, and so did his leadership record. He has been selected by the school’s administration to serve as a dormitory prefect for his senior year. His talent and dedication have helped him realize a dream that many never realize.
Now that his college future is settling out, Brooke can return his attention to the football field, where he is respected as a fierce hitter and one of the fastest big men in the area. And since both Coach Smith and his top athlete have football in their blood as well, they will spend the fall together. The Fighting Seahorses’ football practices get under way on Monday, August 24, and the first game is on September 12. Once again, Collin Brooke will help lead the way.