The boys' lacrosse program at Hotchkiss consists of a dynamic team experience and an enduring opportunity.
Training on the field is about learning the game, improving one’s skill and speed, and understanding the success that comes with teamwork and collaboration. Nothing prepares one for adult life better than learning to be accountable, patient, and motivated.
Our goals off the field get to the heart of the program: community service. With established relationships both local and distant, Hotchkiss lacrosse players leave their best behind by giving of their time and commitment to helping others.
In these ways, Hotchkiss lacrosse players are teammates for life. The friendships made as members of our teams last forever.
-- Chris Burchfield, Head Coach, Boys Varsity Lacrosse
In just the past several years, Hotchkiss lacrosse players have graduated to these and many other colleges and universities: Virginia (2), Middlebury (2), Princeton (2), Tufts (2), Trinity (3), Penn (2), St. Lawrence (2), Colby (2), Denver (2), Harvard (2), Yale, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Colgate, and Holy Cross.
Head coach Chris Burchfield has accrued more than 200 wins in his career at Hotchkiss. He teaches full time in the English department. He played his high school lacrosse at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey where his teams competed perennially for the state championship. In college at Lake Forest, he was president of the Men’s Lacrosse Club and was instrumental in the transition of that sport from a club to an NCAA varsity team.
Assistant coach Mike Eckert started teaching and coaching at Hotchkiss in 2013 having previously worked at Avon Old Farms (CT), the American Overseas School of Rome (Italy), and Blair Academy (NJ). He grew up in Pittsford, NY where he played football and lacrosse, earning All-America honors as a senior attackman and then matriculating to Harvard University where he was a four year starter. As a senior, Coach Eckert co-captained the 1996 team to the quarter-finals of the NCAA tournament, was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Year (with Jesse Hubbard), First Team All-Ivy, New England Player of the Year and USILA Second Team All-America. He earned All-Ivy accolades all four years (2nd Team in ‘93 and ‘95) and was First Team All-New England in ‘95 and ‘96. He graduated as the program’s all time leader in assists and points and was inducted into the the Harvard Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011. At Hotchkiss, he teaches Humanities Prep History and AP U.S. History and is the Associate Dean of Academic Life. He lives in Redlich Dormitory with his wife Heather, three sons Reece, Cormac, and Mather, and his loyal golden retriever Jambo.
Assistant coach Steve McKibben played long pole throughout his career at Wesleyan University and coached at Springfield College prior to coming to Hotchkiss. He is a familiar face within the ranks of western New England lacrosse. He teaches in the English department and serves as the dean of summer programs. Coach McKibben also coaches varsity basketball.
Assistant coach Dan Hanley played for four years as a midfielder at Bowdoin College. He has international playing experience and helps coach in the 3D program. He teaches in the Humanities and Social Science department. Coach Hanley also coaches ice hockey.
Adam Pascal ’95: High school All-American, NCAA All-American (Middlebury) 2, NCAA Tournament Record Holder (3); NLL Buffalo Bandits and MLL Boston Cannons; NCAA coach: Williams College, Nazareth College, Harvard University, College of the Holy Cross, Babson College; US Coach of the Week (February 2008), New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year, 2007
Matt Striebel ‘97: High school All-American; Ivy League Championship, NCAA Championship (Princeton); MLL Championship (3), USA World Team Gold Medalist (2), Co-founder, Trilogy Lacrosse; writer; high school coach.
Oliver Barry ’01: Western New England First Team All Star, All-Ivy (Princeton) 2; NCAA tournament appearances (4); Founder, Kucetekela Foundation, Zambia; Yale Medical School ’12; Pediatric cardiology, Boston Children’s Hospital
Matt Kavanagh ’12: Western New England First Team All Star, USILA College All-American (Denver) 3, All-conference 3; USA under-19 gold medalist and tournament MVP; MLL championship (Denver Outlaws)
Scott Hooper '14: Western New England First Team All Star; Under Armour High School All-American 2014; Hotchkiss team captain (2), team MVP; ranked #14 overall and #3 among defensemen as a recruit by Inside Lacrosse