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Class of 1999
A two-sport standout who was named CCHS Athlete of the Year at his
graduation, Jeff Critchlow was an integral part of a lacrosse state title in
1998 and one of the most successful boy's soccer teams of all time.
Critchlow grew up in Carlisle, attending the Carlisle schools and getting
involved in youth sports at a young age. A competitive soccer player on
town and club teams from the beginning, Critchlow was also a baseball
player until middle school before converting to lacrosse just before high
school and never looking back.
A key cog on some of the great soccer teams of the time under Hall of Fame inductee Jack Murray, Critchlow was part of soccer teams that won over 85% of games in his three years on varsity. The 1998 team was a special one, as Critchlow and his deep and talented group of classmates lead the Patriots to a 16-1-1 record in DCL play and 21-2-1 mark overall. The team ran through the Eastern Massachusetts state tournament bracket, defeating Plymouth North in the EMass title game before bowing to David Prouty HS, 1-0, in the state championship game on the turf at BU's Nickerson Field.
In lacrosse, Critchlow was a four-year stalwart for Hall of Fame inductee Nick Boynton '87. As a junior, he played a pivotal role in the Patriot's dominating 23-0 season that culminated in a State Championship game against an outclassed South Hadley squad. As a senior, Critchlow ascended to the spotlight, leading the Patriots to an 18-3 mark, DCL championship and Eastern Mass title game appearance. He lead the team in scoring with 51 goals and 32 assists in earning DCL all-star and team MVP honors, and was also recognized as a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic and was a high school All-American.
"I feel so lucky to have been part of some great teams and have coaches and teammates who were such a huge part of my experience, and our soccer and lacrosse teams junior/senior were an amazing 73-8-6," said Critchlow. "In soccer, the 1998 great season with some thrilling and tight victories on our way to the championship, but unfortunate state championship loss. I remember a regular season night game comeback win against rivals AB. Down 2-0, we came back to win, 4-2. In lacrosse, the 1998 undefeated state championship season, and in 1999, a 6-goal game against BC High in Eastern Mass quarterfinals that was a 13-11 victory."
Critchlow headed off to Bates College in Maine, alma mater of current CC soccer coach Ray Pavlik, where he continued to excel as a four-year varsity player and captain in both sports for the Bobcats. As a senior in soccer, Critchlow was named All-NESCAC and All-New England.
Following Bates, Critchlow attended Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2012. He is currently working to complete an internship program in small animal medicine and surgery in Norwalk, CT. Critchlow was recently engaged to Blaire Cullman-Clark, a classmate in Vet school.