Chaos Lacrosse Club are frequently associated with three things in some order. Canada, box lacrosse, and upstate New York. With so much star power from the NLL that also steals the show for them in the summer, it’s no surprise that the lens they are often viewed through is found indoors. It’s way less common to think of them in a way that actually has just a strong connection: as Connecticut’s team.
The current Chaos roster features:
Andy Towers - Head Coach, New Canaan High School graduate
Towers is a CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame member who was in inducted in 2011, Towers is (not arguably, he clearly is) the greatest lacrosse player ever to come from New Canaan. New Canaan has had multiple CT Players of the Year and US National Team members, so that’s saying something. He won three straight state titles, and won gold on the USA Lacrosse U-19 team. He went to Brown and was a two time All American and was Ivy Player of the Year. He played pro indoor and outdoor lacrosse, and has been coaching at the collegiate or pro level for over 30 years.
Jamie Hanford - Defensive Coordinator, Darien High School graduate
Hanford joined the CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame a year after Towers did, in 2012. He also was a CT Player of the Year and high school All American. He was also a three time All American at Loyola and four year starter. He played pro lacrosse indoors and outdoors for over 10 years, and has a ring in the MLL (2002 Bayhawks) and two in NLL (2001 Philadelphia Wings and 2006 Colorado Mammoth).
CJ Costabile - New Fairfield High School graduate
Costabile is likely best known for his highlight goal to win Duke a national championship, taking the faceoff that opened OT down the field and putting it home. His high school play at New Fairfield was the stuff of legend. Costabile never came off the field, offense or defense, and played both ends with a pole. His senior year, he had 63 points including 38 goals. He also faced off at 77%. In the state title game, he ran the offense even from X at times, and had seven points on three goals and four assists. He also is a member of the CT Lacrosse Hall of Fame and has been playing pro lacrosse for over 10 years, earning two rings.
Kevin Lindley - Darien High School graduate
Owning a scoring record at a program like Loyola is no small feat. Lindley own’s more than one. His 60 goals in 2019 remain a school record and his 196 goals are a school record. The goal total is also a Patriot League record, surpassing Peter Baum by 30 goals. The 196 is 45 more goals than the man in second, Gary Hanley, and 47 more than the man in third, some guy named Pat Spencer. He also holds the career record for shots on goal at Loyola. His 218 points are 4th all time in school history. His senior year at Darien he scored 106 goals. He set records for career goals with 216 and single season points with 135.
Brian Minicus - Darien High School graduate
The latest Connecticut player to join the Chaos. Minicus is already making waves with his speed and explosiveness. Chaos teammate Jack Rowlett, a DPOY level defender, worked with Minicus in practice, and the word out of those sessions is that Minicus won the 1v1s. At Darien, Minicus had a senior season with a preposterous 119 points. He was a four year starter at Colgate and All Patriot League twice before heading to Georgetown for his grad year, where his profile took off. Minicus’ brother, Colin, scored 276 points in his career at Amherst, which was essentially three years long due to COVID. He played for the Barrage in the MLL bubble. His younger brother Michael was Colgate’s second leading scorer this year as a junior. His OTHER younger brother, Matthew, was tied for the team lead in points at Loyola this past year as a freshman. Expect to see more Minici at the pro level.
Will Perry - Greenwich High School graduate
Perry holds the Greenwich High School record for career points. He was the 8th ranked recruit nationwide in his high school class. Two time UNC captain, and was 1st midfield line player from sophomore year onwards. He was named the outstanding freshman on the ACC title team. Considered one of the best shooters in the country, he finished his career with 103 goals as part of prolific offenses alongside players like Chris Gray, Tanner Cook, Chris Cloutier, Justin Anderson, and more.
While not actually from CT, the Chaos also have multiple players connected to the state in other ways.
Max Adler - Connecticut resident
One of the few DII players in the pros, Adler played at Bentley. He didn’t start playing lacrosse until high school, and originally set out to be a college wrestler. He walked onto the team at Bentley as the bottom faceoff specialist on the team, and finished his career as a two time DII All American. Adler has the rare triple crown for lacrosse championships. He won a ring with the Denver Outlaws in the MLL, won a ring with the Chaos in the PLL, and won a ring with the Bandits in the NLL. He led the MLL in faceoff percentage in 2018. Against the Bayhawks in 2019, Adler won 23 straight faceoffs, finishing the game with a record 95.83% faceoff percentage. He was the 2020 Faceoff Specialist of the Year.
Mark Glicini - Yale graduate
Glicini, in the PLL, has a reputation as the guy who is crazy enough to throw himself in front of shots. He’s been doing that for quite some time. As a freshman, he blocked a shot in the NCAA tournament against Syracuse by blocking it and making a save. He was a third team All American and first team All Ivy defender for Yale his senior year. His 47 ground balls his senior year were the second most on the team at Yale.
Kyle Jackson - Connecticut Resident and Associate Head Coach at Avon Old Farms
Originally from Ontario, Jackson attended the Hill Academy and plays for the Haudenosaunee Nationals at the international level. At Michigan, he was named Team MVP in 2016, and was the first varsity player to sign with a MLL franchise when he joined the Cannons. He has two pro rings, one with the Cannons in MLL and another with Chaos in PLL. He is currently the Associate Head Coach, likely to be named head coach, at Avon Old Farms, a school that produces some of the top lacrosse talent in the country and has sent alumni to the pro ranks.
The Chaos have a stronger connection to the state of CT than most any other team in the PLL. Although just about every team in the league has a connection of some sort. A sampling of the other teams:
Peter Dearth, SSDM for Atlas, is from Ridgefield and attended Ridgefield High School where he was coached by Roy Colsey, new PLL Hall of Famer. Dearth is the first three time captain in Syracuse lacrosse history and was an All American and All ACC, this after being recruited as an offensive midfielder, but he swapped to SSDM at Cuse when asked. He played in the Under Armour All American game. His older brother Cal played for the Cannons, and his younger brother Ray is at Harvard.
Andy Copelan, Head Coach for the Waterdogs, spent over 10 years as Head Coach at Fairfield University, the site of the PLL games this weekend. Copelan won CAA Coach of the Year, and in 2013, Fairfield had their first ever win over a number one ranked team when they beat Denver. He sent nearly a dozen players to the pros from Fairfield.
Connor Kelly, Waterdogs midfielder, is from Easton, CT and went to Fairfield Prep before attending Avon Old Farms. Kelly just won gold with Team USA in San Diego, was a Maryland team captain and Tewaaraton finalist in 2018 and two time 1st team All American.
Mike Pressler, Atlas Head Coach, is from Wilton, CT. Pressler played for legendary coach Guy Whiten in Wilton. Pressler coached OWU in DIII, Duke in DI, and then Bryant. He currently coaches at Highland Park in TX. He won College Coach of the Year in 2005. He won gold as a coach at Worlds with the US in 2010