Princeton coach confirms Chanenchuk's intent to transfer
Princeton coach Chris Bates confirmed Wednesday morning that midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2010, has been granted permission to transfer.
Inside Lacrosse reported last week that Chanenchuk, who has three years of eligibility remaining, was seeking to enroll at Maryland and join the Terps for the 2012 season. Per NCAA rules, coach John Tillman and other school officials are not permitted to talk about a potential transfer.
Bates said Princeton officials have been working with Chanenchuk to transfer since he left the university in the fall to rehabilitate a broken collarbone suffered during a scrimmage in October.
“We’ve worked with Mike throughout the whole process,” Bates said. “There’s a lot of contributing factors, but we were in close communication with him throughout.”
Bates also confirmed that senior attackman Jack McBride has one year of eligibility left and will play somewhere else while pursuing a degree in graduate school.
Lacrosse Magazine speculated that McBride – who played just two games this past spring because of a groin injury – could land at one of the following programs: Denver because of his connection to former Tigers coach and current Pioneers coach Bill Tierney, Duke because two sisters went there, and Georgetown because his father went to Georgetown Medical School.
Because McBride played in just two contests and Chanenchuk was absent for the entire campaign, Bates said Princeton is prepared to move forward with its current crop of players to bounce back from a 4-9 overall record and a 2-4 Ivy League mark.
“It’s nothing new,” Bates said. “We obviously moved beyond that with not having him and Jack for the whole year. We certainly suffered the effects of their absence, but going forward, there’s plenty of talent here. In essence, we’ve moved beyond it in our minds. [Chanenchuk] is a high-caliber player. He can shoot and put the ball in the back of the net. Any team would miss him. But there are other guys here who will rally to fill the void. There’s no ill will, and we wish him obviously the best.”