Chris Sanderson (Pennington, New Jersey) Chris started his career as a box lacrosse player in Orangeville, Ontario. A box lacrosse goaltender by trade, Sanderson learned the field lacrosse goaltender position on his own. He was recruited by the University of Virginia where he played from1995-98 and lead the Cavaliers to two NCAA Final Four Tournaments. Sanderson was the starting goaltender for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 Team Canada Senior Men’s Field Lacrosse teams winning silver in 1998 and 2002. Sanderson, a two-time International Lacrosse Federation All-World Goaltender in 1998 and 2006, backstopped the 2006 Team Canada squad to its first World title since1978 defeating the USA 15-10. He has the distinction as the only goalie in World Games history to hold Team USA to 10 goals in a game. His 14 wins and 5 losses ranks as the best record of any goalie in the history of the World Games.
"As some of you know, this has not been an easy year for me. Last winter I was diagnosed with what most doctors consider to be incurable brain cancer. According to my prognosis, I am not even supposed to be here to accept this honor tonight, so you can understand why it is so meaningful to me. I am doing everything I can to beat the odds, and have set a personal goal of playing in my 4th consecutive World Championships in Manchester, England this summer. This time, my training may be interrupted by chemo schedules and MRI appointments, but I am still determined to be there." - Chris Sanderson