The Colorado College men’s lacrosse team has gotten off to a hot start thanks in part to the goalkeeping of Chase Murphy.
Murphy has started the season with three selections as the SCAC defensive player of the week. As a freshman, Murphy has started every game between the pipes. He has stopped 99 shots, recording a save percentage of .611 and a 7.23 goals-against average.
Murphy came to CC from The Taft School in Watertown, Conn. and Thayer Academy in Braintree, Mass., where he recorded two varsity letters at each school. As a senior at Taft, Murphy posted a 6.9 goals-against average and a .660 saves average, earning a first team Western New England selection and All-Western New England All-Star accolade.
Murphy was integral in the game against Dickinson despite the tough loss. Dickinson came into that game ranked number three in Division III men’s lacrosse. He recorded 16 saves, matching his season high. Murphy has recorded double-digit saves in six games this season.
“He’s everything you want out of a freshman – humble on and off the field, but plays like a veteran when it matters,” captain Scott Prior said.
Murphy has made a significant impact despite coming to CC as a winter start.
“My transition to CC as a winter start was made a lot easier by being a part of the CC lax team,” Murphy said. “I have had a great time on and off the field with these guys.”
Missing out on a fall ball season did little to slow Murphy down.
In an away game at Babson College, he made 14 saves and only allowed 2 goals on 16 shots. He has allowed double-digit goals in only three outings, including the Dickinson game.
Teammates have been highly complimentary of Murphy’s play throughout the season. “He’s an extremely balanced goalie,” freshman defender Corey Boeschenstein said. He has amazing quickness and instincts, but is also really vocal and directs the defense really well. He makes highlight saves pretty much every game.”
“Consistent double-digit saves are pretty impressive for anyone, let alone a freshman,” defender Andrew Visich said.
Murphy has stepped up when the Tigers have needed him to and is looking to continue his successful first year. Boeschenstein noted that Murphy is always able to keep a calm demeanor in the games where it is needed the most. He has helped the Tigers come out victorious in close games, including a double overtime victory against Greensboro College to start the season and an 11-8 triumph over Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.
Murphy will look to continue his streak when the Tigers take on the Crusaders of the University of Dallas at home on April 7.