Kellenberg High School senior attacker, Griffin Chernoff, has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University next fall! For now, the future bearcat from Lido Beach looks forward to his final spring season with the firebirds. Chernoff is ready to make up for what he missed out on as a junior after school last season was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
Q: What about Binghamton and its lacrosse program helped you decide it was the right school for you?
A: Binghamton is a very special school as it values both academics and athletics. I know i’m gonna be challenged academically. I’m very exited about the coaching staff and the guys I met while visiting campus. I also love the direction the program is going in.
Q: Are there any areas in your game that you’re working on to be even better at the college level?
A: I am working on become a more accurate shooter and being able to score from all areas on the field. I want to be a threat from all areas on the field in college. I am also working on become more quick.
Q: Have you always played attack? What about this position has made you stick to it?
A: No, I played midfield before switching over to attack. I always felt better playing attack so when I had the chance to switch over I took it.
Q: How did you get into lacrosse and how long have you been playing for?
A: My dad played lacrosse his whole life. He got me into lacrosse at the age of six.
Q: When you’re not on the lacrosse field, what else are you likely to spend your time doing?
A: When I am not on the lacrosse field I enjoy hanging out with my friends, working out, and listening to music.
Q: Who are some of the people that have helped attribute to your success?
A: My dad has definitely helped me the most and I would say he’s the biggest reason why I am where I’m at today. He’s being practicing with me as early as when i started playing lacrosse. He would teach me new moves and always preached having a strong work ethic. My club coach, Corey Winkoff, has helped me tremendously as well. He played attack at Penn so he was always helping me improve as an attackman. My high school coach, Shaun Moran, has also helped me improve my game tremendously.
Q: What are you most looking forward to when you take the field as a college athlete?
A: I am most looking forward to putting on the Binghamton uniform and competing with my fellow teammates. I am also looking forward to representing Kellenberg and the Long Beach community.
Q: How do you feel your style of play will fit into Binghamton’s system?
A: I feel my style of play fits in well. I like to use my size to my advantage and I like to get my teammates involved.
Q: Playing for an elite high school program like Kellenberg’s, do you feel like that has helped and will continue to help you be more ready to play at the college level?
A: Yes, Kellenberg is a super competitive environment. Kellenberg has prepared me from day one academically and athletically. I credit my teachers and coaches for pushing me and preparing me for a highly academic institution like Binghamton.
Q: What are some of the individual goals or team goals that you would like to accomplish at Binghamton?
A: I want us to win a American East championship and a national championship. I want to be the best teammate I can be. It will help us become the best team we can possibly be!