Upon meeting Chris Fake (Allentown, NJ, The Hun School ’17) there is one word that instantly comes to mind – kindness. By the way he talks, you would never guess that this young man is one of the best cover defensemen in the country and a standout two-sport varsity athlete at the Hun School. Chris is a living embodiment of the phrase “treat others the way you want to be treated.” While often overused, Chris is genuine about living that way everyday. It was inspiring to have the chance to talk with Chris about how he got to where he is today and what he does off the field to become a better person everyday.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
I started playing when I was in the middle of 3rd grade. One of my friends (and fellow Blue Star teammate) Connor Provost invited me to watch one of his games and I started playing then. I was also playing baseball, but by 4th grade I switched over to just lacrosse.
Did you start off at defense?
No, I actually played two seasons of middie and attack before switching over. One day in 5th grade, my coach said we needed another defenseman and I happily volunteered.
Did you play any other sports?
I have played football pretty much my entire life. I now play defensive end for Hun Varsity. I played baseball up until 3rd grade but after then I just played lacrosse.
Do you have any siblings?
Yes, I have one older sister who goes to college in Idaho. She runs iron-man triathlons and is in great shape.
What are the most important Values/Principles your Parents Instilled in You?
They always preached to me the importance of “treating other people the way you want to be treated.” I am always trying to be the kindest person I can be.
“I always try to be the kindest person I can be”
Outside of Lacrosse, how do you give back to the community?
I am an altar server at my church and I try to go as much as possible. I enjoy seeing other members of the congregation and talking with them
When did you first start getting serious about lacrosse?
I would say that around 6th grade was when I really started getting serious about becoming a better player. It started with playing in the summers for a club team and then by fall of 8th grade I was committed to year round training.
How did you start training outside of practice?
In my backyard, I would go out and set up cones and do footwork drills. Also, I would ride my bike to the football field and do sprint workouts there.
What motivates you?
I like to say that my motto is “never be outworked” and I think that once I started seeing the benefits of my hard work pay off it only made me want to work harder. I try to get better every single day.
I like to say that my motto is “never be outworked”
What made you choose Hun?
I was looking at the private schools in the Princeton area to be a day student at including Lawrenceville, Peddie and Hun. One day, Coach Whitlow gave my family and I a tour of the campus and told me that I could become the best player possible if I came to Hun. I was excited to play for a Coach like him who saw so much potential in me and believed in me from day one.
What is your most memorable lacrosse experience?
Making it to the final of the INTER-AC Challenge last year and playing Haverford at PPL Park in Philadelphia underneath the lights. Even though we lost, the atmosphere was unlike anything I’d ever been a part of. I will remember that for a very long time. Hopefully we get back there next year!
Favorite Music: EDM like Galantis, Zedd, & Calvin Harris
Favorite Movie: Tough to pick one, but it’s Touchback
Favorite Subject in School: Chemistry
Hardest Player to Guard in Practice: Chris Donovan (Hun 2015, Georgetown 2019)
Defensemen you look up to? Growing up I was a big Duke fan and CJ Costabile was always up there for me
Best coaching advice you ever got: “The lower man always wins” and “Play your man through the hips”
As a captain of this years Hun Varsity Lacrosse team, Chris will be counted on to anchor a team that has high expectations. When asked about his leadership style, he said that he believes “actions speak louder than words” and tries to model his style that way. He mentioned that he looks towards fellow teammate and defensive partner Kyle Horihan as someone who also leads by example. Together they will anchor a Hun defense that will be extremely formidable once again. We wish the best for Chris on the field this fall and in the spring. Blue Star is fortunate to have a great role model for our younger players in the programs. Like Chris says “Never be outworked!”
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