GENEVA, NY — Chris Aslanian, a 2014 graduate of Westfield High School, has been selected in the second round of the 2019 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Denver Outlaws.
But before Aslanian decides to sign a contract with the Outlaws to play professionally, he's got some unfinished business to attend to.
Aslanian is a senior at Hobart College in New York state. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound attackman has so far scored 10 goals and assisted on 19 others this season for Hobart.
“I wasn't sure if I would get drafted or not, but I am grateful for the opportunity,” Aslanian said. “I haven't talked logistics yet, I will do that after my season and my eligibility is up, after I graduate.”
Aslanian is an economics major who already has the security of a position with a New York firm awaiting him upon graduation. But that wouldn't necessarily preclude him from playing pro lacrosse.
“I might be able to do both. I have to talk to my boss and figure out when I would be able to travel for games,” Aslanian said. “All the league lacrosse games are on the weekend.”
While at Westfield High School, Aslanian was a three-year varsity letter winner who served as a team captain. In his senior season, Aslanian racked up 66 points, scoring 32 goals and handing out 34 assists. He then attended the Hun School in Princeton as a post-graduate and served as a team captain there. At Hun, he recorded 83 points, scoring 40 times and assisting on 43 goals.
Aslanian's father, Chris, played for Rutgers University's prestigious lacrosse program, and both his older brother Patrick and younger brother Griffin are also collegiate lacrosse players. His younger sister Maggie plays on the Westfield High girls lacrosse team.
“My dad graduated from Westfield High School in 1985, and when he played at Westfield, he had 50 goals in a season, which was a record at the school," Aslanian said. “I had a great class my senior year, playing with my brother a grade below me, Coach [Patrick] Tuohy has done a lot for the Westfield program. We had a great culture and a lot of guys who went to play at the next level.”
When he moved on to Hobart, Aslanian made an immediate impact on the school's lacrosse program. Aslanian was named the NEC Rookie of the Year. He started all 17 games and finished second on the team in goals, assists and points. Aslanian recorded at least one point in his first eight collegiate games, and he scored back-to-back game-winners in overtime that season to beat Canisius and Wagner.
“I have grown so much here at Hobart. I think coach [Greg] Raymond here at Hobart has created an amazing culture here, teaching us how to be good people first and instilling a great work ethic in us,” Aslanian said. “Overall, as a student-athlete, they do a great job with a program that has a rich culture.”
After making the All-NEC second team in 2017, Aslanian won the William H. Dobbin '40 Memorial Award in his junior season in 2018. He twice was named an NEC Prime Performer while leading the team with 24 assists and 47 points. His average of 1.71 assists per game ranked him second in the NEC. Aslanian was named NEC Player of the Week in his junior season after opening the season with four goals and two assists against then-No. 12 Penn State.
One of the more remarkable aspects of his college career, considering the distance he is from home and the fact that he has a brother one year younger in Washington, D.C., is that Aslanian's parents make all of their children's games.
“My family does an amazing job getting up to see me play,” he said. “They switch off between my brother and I in school; one of them is at every game of ours. It is really great, and it shows what selfless people and great parents they are.”