Chris Gabrielli enters his third year as an assistant coach with the University of Massachusetts lacrosse team, after a stellar career at UMass.
Gabrielli's primary duties will include working with the defense, man-down and face-off units, as well as recruiting. Before joining the coaching staff in 2002, he spent the previous year as the Director of Ticket Sales for the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse. He is currently the director of the Mid-Summer Classic, a high school lacrosse tournament held at UMass which he started last summer along with Jason Miller. Gabrielli served as a member of the practice player squad for the Boston Cannons during the 2004 season, before being drafted again by the Cannons in the 2005 Supplemental Draft in the 14th round.
In four years at Massachusetts, Gabrielli dished out five assists and scooped up 127 ground balls as a top defender. During his senior year in 2001, he was named a second team All-ECAC Conference selection as well as first team All-New England. UMass shared the league title and captured the New England championship during his senior season. Gabrielli won the Eric Sopracasa "Heart and Soul" Award in 2000 and 2001, which is given to the UMass player with the most leadership and dedication to the team. He also was a team captain during his senior year and played in the 2001 North-South game. He was invited to the Major League Lacrosse Top 40 Seniors camp following his final season. He also earned second team All-New England honors in 1999.
Gabrielli graduated in 2001 from Massachusetts with a degree in sport management. He was born on Jan. 9, 1979, in Bethpage, N.Y., and currently resides in Northampton, Mass.
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