Cortland, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
" We talked about it, he's not the fastest guy, he's not the quickest guy, not the quickest stick ....Not the biggest guy."
If this doesn't seem like the greatest endorsement in the world, just hold on.
That's the head coach of the Cortland lacrosse team talking about his captain.
Chris Dutkowsky doesn't jump off the page on the stat sheet.
7 players have tallied more points this season.
But while stats are nice, it's wins that really matter.
And if we let coach finish, and he plays for his team that's what he'll tell you as well.
" ..but he has a big heart, and his teammates have respect for him and his teammates respond to him. He's done an outstanding job every year he's been with us. He's gotten significant playing time all 4 years, and he's become a great leader as well. "
Leader is the word you would use to describe Dutkowsky.
As a junior he helped captain the team to a national title.
Now a captain again, he's sees it as his job to make sure they are in position to win again.
Chris says, " We just have to work hard at practice and keep everybody up, and stay focused and we'll be alright."
Does that change at all what you're supposed to be doing to get these guys fired up?
" I don't know if it really does. I feel like it does. I try my hardest to keep everyone going."
That intangible 'it' quality also earned Chris the prestigious red letter award from his coaches.
Coach Steve Beville says, " Well the red letter award can mean a lot of things. It could be the best player on the field, it could be the best leader. Whatever we choose. For us it's the most valuable senior and Chris is our most valuable senior, without question."
Now is the time to get ready, as the challenge of repeating is daunting, as the Red Dragons try to peak at the right time.
" If we're not peaking we're getting pretty close. The last 3 games we put up 17 in that game and 18. We're getting close."