Craig Chick had a game for the ages, and it had nothing to do with scoring goals or making saves.
The freshman long-stick midfielder posted career highs in ground balls with 10 and caused eight turnovers in Lehigh's 13-6 loss at Princeton Tuesday night. The eight caused turnovers were the most by a Mountain Hawk since Evan Guerrero finished with nine in a 9-8 loss to St. Joseph's on Feb. 14, 2009.
Asked two days later about that performance, Chick, an Edgewater resident and South River graduate, was still a bit incredulous about his outing.
"Definitely sounds a little insane, a little surreal," he said Thursday afternoon. "Coach [Kevin Cassese] just harps on doing your job. So it's my job to get the ball back to the offense. I just try to do everything I can to get into their hands."
That showing has not been an anomaly for the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Chick, who leads Division I in total caused turnovers with 29 and ranks second in caused turnovers per game at 2.4. Surprisingly, Chick said Lehigh and Drexel were the only Division I programs that recruited him – a development that he uses as motivation.
"I came from a public school in Maryland, which is not really a big deal," he said. "So I was kind of looked over or not looked at at all. … They didn't want me, they didn't look at me, so that's fine. Lehigh gave me a chance. They saw something in me, and I don't regret choosing Lehigh. It's a perfect match for me, and I love it here. Whatever the other schools are thinking or regretting, that's on them."
As thrilled as he was about his performance against Princeton, Chick – who keeps in touch with former South River teammates Grant Maloof (Towson) and Gunnar Schimoler (UMBC) – acknowledged he would have preferred a victory for Lehigh (6-6), which will try to qualify for the NCAA tournament by winning the Patriot League tourney.
"Those kinds of stats aren't really a team goal for us," Chick said. "It kind of takes a back seat to what we want to accomplish. It kind of is less meaningful because we got beat so bad. I would take a win over those stats any day of the week. It was good to get that, but I'd much rather have a win."