Report From the Pros

CHRIS ECKChris takes face-offs for the Boston Cannons in Major League Lacrosse. He was 23-37 in face-offs this year, and he was invited to try out for Team USA. When asked about his transition into professional lacrosse, the former Raider said, “It’s awesome, it’s fun. And it’s great to get paid for doing something that you love to do.”

MATT LALLIIn 2008, Matt played midfield for the San Fransisco Dragons of Major League Lacrosse. In 8 games this season, Matt scored 10 goals and had 8 assists, including a five-goal performance in his opening game. Matt will be playing for the Boston Cannons next season.

JESSE WINCHESTERIn 2008-2009, Jesse played 76 games for the Ottawa Senators in the NHL. The rookie posted three goals and 15 assists this season. Looking back on Colgate, Jesse recalled, “The time has just seemed to fly by.” But there are still things that Jesse misses about Gate, he said, “It’s a lot different, I miss school. I miss the late nights, studying, and the deadlines. But now it’s all hockey, and it’s my dream job for sure.”

TYLER BURTONIn 2008-2009 Tyler played 26 games for the Trenton Devils of the ECHL. During that time, Tyler scored 10 goals and had 9 assists. Tyler suffered two injuries this year, but said, this season has been, “a great opportunity,” despite his injuries. Tyler is “Enjoying the pro lifestyle,” but said of Colgate, “Once you leave you realize how great it was. Once you get out into the real world, it’s all business.”

MATT TORTIThis season Matt played 17 games for the Trenton Devils, but was sidelined because of shoulder trouble. Before he was injured, Matt registered 2 points this season. When asked about the transition from Colgate, Matt was quick to jokingly point out, “Well, you don’t have to go to class.” But on a more serious note he added, “I miss the social aspect, and I’ll definitely miss Spring Party Weekend, but most of all I miss the people.”

MARK DEKANICHThis season, Mark played 30 games with the Milwaukee Admirals. Mark had 695 saves, posting a 2.09 goals against average and a 92.3% save percentage. About his transition to the pros, Mark said, “It was a pretty tough transition, the speed is a lot faster.” He also added, “Getting the opportunity to play a lot at Colgate was great. It’s a high level, and it allowed me to grow and mature as an athlete.”

BEN CAMPERThe former hockey forward played 15 games for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League this season, scoring 2 goals and posting 5 assists.

KENDALL CHONESIn his senior year at Colgate, this basketball player played 32 games and scored 383 points. A 56% shooter from the field, Chones now plays for Hertener Loewen, a German League basketball team. He averages 19,3 points and 9.3 boards per game.