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44 AND 45

the duo since '97

 

Two RIT players have been best friends – and teammates – since 1997 when they met at their first day of lacrosse practice in their hometown. Twenty years later, the two would take the largest stage in college athletics at Gillette Stadium in the NCAA Lacrosse Championship. Win or lose, after a lifetime of friendship and lacrosse, the duo would walk off the field together for the final time.

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 Ryan Lee (left) waits to interview as Chad Levick responds to the media after a NCAA semifinal game.

Ryan Lee (left) waits to interview as Chad Levick responds to the media after a NCAA semifinal game.

 

Levick and Lee have been playing together since they met in 1997 at their first day of lacrosse practice for a peanut house league. Twenty years later, the stage would be playing their final season together at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), the No. 2 ranked program in all of Division III. Lee and Levick have been best friends from the age of four and have played together for almost 20 years.

 
 
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YOUNGER YEARS

 The two have been best friends since the age of four and have been teammates for 18 seasons together, leading up to their final season at RIT.  click to enlarge


 
 Lee (left) and Levick laugh together in their house in West Henrietta, NY.

Lee (left) and Levick laugh together in their house in West Henrietta, NY.

 

The two have been roommates for three years while at RIT. Levick played at Division II Mercyhurst University in 2013-14 and that has been the only year Levick and Lee have not been teammates since 1997. "It was different that year," said Lee. "It was weird not having him there to pass to."

 
 Lee (middle) sits next to Levick's vacant stall in the RIT locker-room before practice. Levick shows up late to practice on Tuesdays due to a conflict with class schedule.

Lee (middle) sits next to Levick's vacant stall in the RIT locker-room before practice. Levick shows up late to practice on Tuesdays due to a conflict with class schedule.

 
 Ryan Lee (right) glances over at teammate, and best friend since childhood, Chad Levick (cq) (44) during a practice at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Ryan Lee (right) glances over at teammate, and best friend since childhood, Chad Levick (cq) (44) during a practice at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

 
 Lee (right) hugs Levick after Levick scores in the NCAA second round.

Lee (right) hugs Levick after Levick scores in the NCAA second round.

 

Levick and Lee always seem able to produce together on the offensive end. "These two certainly have great chemistry having been friends for so long," said RIT head men's lacrosse coach Jake Coon. "They always seem to look for one another and know where the other is on the field."

 
 Ryan's mother, Leah Lee (left), and Chad's mother, Lynda Levick, celebrate after the boys won the NCAA Semifinal game to advance to the national championship. Lynda cheered, "Dynamic Duo" as the boys came off the field.

Ryan's mother, Leah Lee (left), and Chad's mother, Lynda Levick, celebrate after the boys won the NCAA Semifinal game to advance to the national championship. Lynda cheered, "Dynamic Duo" as the boys came off the field.

 
 Levick (left) and Lee (right) approach for a high-five after Levick scores in the Liberty League finals.

Levick (left) and Lee (right) approach for a high-five after Levick scores in the Liberty League finals.

 

The two seem to have a sixth sense, especially on the field. "I pretty much know where he is on the field," said Lee. "I don't have to look up to see where he is before I pass it. I just know sort of know what his tendencies are and where he will be."

 

SNAPSHOTS

 

FACEBOOK POSTS

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BOXSCORES (via ritathletics.com)

 
 

 
 Lee (left) laughs with Levick's brother, Brock Levick, while hanging around the boys' house after an RIT win. After every home game, both families enjoy time at the boys' house which typically involves a lot of drinking and laughs.

Lee (left) laughs with Levick's brother, Brock Levick, while hanging around the boys' house after an RIT win. After every home game, both families enjoy time at the boys' house which typically involves a lot of drinking and laughs.

 

The Levick and Lee families have always been close. Dan Levick, Chad's father, was the boys' coach when they first met in 1997. "We started playing together the first day of house league when we were about four years old," said Ryan Lee. "Chad's dad was our first coach." Both families have spent a lot of time together over the 20-year span.

 
 The Lees (left) and Levicks interact after RIT defeats Wesleyan University 22-9 to advance to the NCAA Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Boston, MA.

The Lees (left) and Levicks interact after RIT defeats Wesleyan University 22-9 to advance to the NCAA Championship game at Gillette Stadium in Boston, MA.

 
 Levick (44) and Lee (45) walk towards Tiger Stadium for a practice during their final season together. 

Levick (44) and Lee (45) walk towards Tiger Stadium for a practice during their final season together. 

 

 

BOSTON BOUND, FINAL GO-AROUND

 Levick (left) and Lee fist-bump before taking the field against Salisbury in the NCAA Championship game at Gillette Stadium.

Levick (left) and Lee fist-bump before taking the field against Salisbury in the NCAA Championship game at Gillette Stadium.

 
 Levick (left) and Lee appear together in a promo on the video-board.

Levick (left) and Lee appear together in a promo on the video-board.

 
 The duo takes a moment together before stepping onto the field for the biggest game of their careers.

The duo takes a moment together before stepping onto the field for the biggest game of their careers.

 
 

THE FINAL MOMENTs

 
 Lee's father, Tim (right), takes a moment with Levick after RIT's loss.

Lee's father, Tim (right), takes a moment with Levick after RIT's loss.

 
 

THE HEARTBREAK

The Lee and Levick families react following Ryan and Chad's defeat in Boston.  

 
 Levick (left) and Lee sit next to each other in silence, after facing defeat in the NCAA Championship game. 

Levick (left) and Lee sit next to each other in silence, after facing defeat in the NCAA Championship game. 

 

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