Warren Channing will play lacrosse at Eastern Connecticut State University. Channing is picture during the team's Senior Night in May with his parents David and Debbie Channing.
Warren Channing, a recent-graduate of Glastonbury High School, will continue lacrosse career in college.
“Excited to announce my commitment to Eastern Connecticut State University. I would like to thank my coaches, family, and friends, who have helped me throughout the process,” Channing posted on social media.
Channing became a scoring threat this past spring, possessing a powerful shot and relentless intensity as one of the Guardians starting attackers.
Glastonbury won 13 games this spring, including a 12-4 win over Simsbury to capture the Central Connecticut Conference (CCC)-Central Championship.
“Our lacrosse guys have become brothers,” said Channing, who added that all of the athletic programs at GHS are one big family. “We have the 12th Man and literally every sport is competitive and all the athletes are really good people.”
Lacrosse head coach Scott Hinchey praised Channing’s ability to get off his shot off, adding “His biggest strength was the work that he did on his own.”
Hinchey recalled Channing honing his craft in the offseason and consistently staying after practice to work on his game.
College lacrosse became a reality for Channing following his junior season. He suffered an injury as a freshman and then had his sophomore season washed away because of the Covid-cancellation.
Channing recalled the team coming back in 2021 with a renewed sense of appreciation, adding “It was just exciting to get out there and compete again.”
He caught the eye of Hinchey and the coaching staff during spring try-outs as a junior and two years later he is committed to playing the sport for at least four more years.
Because of the way his high school career started, Hinchey said Channing’s “best lacrosse is in front of him.”
During his time at GHS, Channing also helped the field hockey team film their games in the fall and was part of the Interact Club at GHS.
Outside of school he enjoys playing golf and basketball.
At Eastern, he will join an up-and-coming Warriors team led by head coach Marc Graham.
“I was touring a couple of schools and it was the one that felt like home,” Channing said, who liked the Willimantic location because of its proximity to his hometown and the surrounding universities where many of his friends are going. “I’m excited to play at the next level. There is always more that you can learn and I just want to play against better competition.”
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