By Alexander Parent
Chas South, the 6-2, 200-pound, two-time captain, and 5th year senior defensemen for the Bryant University Bulldogs had recently just obtained a tryout for the Canadian national lacrosse team this past week and has a chance to play and represent his hometown country on the field. The 5th year senior grew up in Mississauga, Ontario and attended Taft high school for his senior year of school. South put forth all of his talents and skills on the table this past weekend with some of the Nation’s best players. The tryouts included 46 players from all around and was held in Buffalo, New York.
Players like Brodie Merrill, Zach Greer, Mark Matthews and many others joined South as they battled it out on the lacrosse field in order to gain a spot on the Canadian Men’s National lacrosse team. The tryouts even included players from the 2014 Gold Medal team. The competition was live, and at a top level. The Canadian team played in multiple exhibition games against Canisius, Notre Dame, Cleveland State and even a fellow NEC team, Robert Morris. Some players were still in college, like South, but others were out of college, playing in either the Major Lacrosse League or in the National Lacrosse League.
The players who end up getting selected to represent their country will attend next summer’s 2018 FIL Men’s Lacrosse World Championship in Netayna, Israel. Along with this great accolade, South has gained far more achievements on and off the field here at Bryant University. South is a 4-year starter as a close defenseman. Just last year, he was named captain and showed off his stellar leadership skills along with his already slick defensive skills. In addition to being named captain for the team, he has also gained the ability to state that he played in all 19 games the Bulldogs had, and throughout those games he scooped up 52 ground balls and caused 22 turnovers. Four of those turnovers were caused during the second game of the season against Providence which happened to be a season high for him last year.
With these crushing statistics, it was inevitable for South to be named NEC All-Tournament team. Off the field, he was named to the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the NEC Academic Honor Roll. Even as a freshman, he was named NEC all-rookie team, along with starting every single game for the bulldogs. Sophomore year, South did very well earning All-NEC Second Team, as well as All-NEC tournament team. In total, he has had an incredible career here at Bryant University, statistically rallying up 141 ground balls and 57 caused Turnovers throughout his three years of playing. With this being said, South hopes to repeat his tremendous year to year accolades and statistics this upcoming season. He patiently awaits to see whether or not he gets selected for the Canadian National Lacrosse team, and given a shot to play and represent his great country of Canada. Whether or not he makes it, he is a phenomenal man, player, and student, and if selected, will certainly do his best and play outstanding against some of the best Lacrosse players in the nation.