Inside Lacrosse’s Danielle Bernstein wrote a cool piece this week, asking experts to answer some over/under questions on the up-coming NCAA field lacrosse season. Projected high first-round 2011 National Lacrosse League (NLL) Entry Draft picks Kevin Crowley and Stephen Keogh were both listed.
Inside Lacrosse questioned whether Team Canada’s Kevin Crowley could match his 2010 campaign that saw him named NCAA D1’s Most Outstanding Player with 77 points on 51 goals, and if Keogh could bump up his career shooting percentage of 45.4%.
After the jump, we ask indoor fans a similar over/under question on how many points this year’s top pick Cody Jamieson will put up in his rookie season with the Rochester Knighthawks.
Cody enters his rookie NLL year with lofty expectations. And unlike many rookie forwards, including field stud Ned Crotty – who we noted the other week will likely be brought into the pro indoor game slowly – Jamieson will be expected to contribute immediately on a franchise that scored a league-low 155 goals last season.
His resume is stacked with championships, including a 2007 Minto Cup ring with the Six Nations Arrows Express as Tournament MVP, and the 2009 NCAA title with Syracuse University, where he scored the championship-winner in OT.
In his final year of Junior A box lacrosse of 2008, Cody Jamieson led the nation in scoring with 101 points in 21 games and took home NLL Insider’s inaugural Junior Player of the Year Award.
Over the past two seasons, Cody has also proven himself by competing against men in the Major Series League (MSL) of the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) for the Six Nations Chiefs.
Named the league’s MVP in 2009, Cody Jamieson led the entire MSL in scoring as a rookie with 48 goals and an impressive 96 points.
And Jamieson, who finished fifth in MSL scoring with 62 points in just 15 games this past MSL season, will have lots of opportunities to produce offensively in Rochester, especially with the departure of long-time Knighthawk and top scorer John Grant Jr.
The young 5-foot-10, left-handed finisher will also re-unite with old teammates, including forwards Craig Point and Shawn Evans, plus good friend Sid Smith who has shared a similar lacrosse path.
“Playoffs is what every team is gunning for,” added Jamieson when drafted. “I know a lot of guys on the team already and hopefully we can all gel as a team and take that next step.”
NLL Rookie Scoring Records
All-time, based on points per game, Gary Gait and Paul Gait’s ‘91 rookie campaigns and John Grant Jr.’s ‘00 rookie season top the rookie scoring race. Over a complete 16-game schedule, Gary’s average of 6.8 ppg would have equated to 108 points and Jr.’s 6.4 ppg to 102.
89 points, however, is the current NLL rookie scoring record and the ‘over’ mark for our poll. That mark was set by Stealth star Rhys Duch on 35 goals in 2009, breaking the old record of 82 set by Gavin Prout in 2002.
Garrett Billings and Stephan Leblanc of the Toronto Rock led the rookie NLL scoring race in 2010 with 83 and 82 points respectively, good for Top 12 overall in NLL scoring.
So, how many points will Cody capture?
Recall, in his MSL debut, Jamieson made history winning the league scoring title, Rookie of the Year and League MVP (story No. 8 in the headlines of ‘09) and he finished fifth in league scoring this year despite playing just 15 games.
How many points will Cody Jamieson score in his rookie NLL regular season?
- Under 82 (40%, 154 Votes)
- Over 89 (38%, 146 Votes)
- 82 - 89 (22%, 88 Votes)
Total Voters: 388
Although still unsigned, expect news of the Knighthawks and Jamieson coming to terms shortly. The franchise will look to heavily promote the rookie this year.
Rochester coveted Cody as the number one overall pick as early as 2009, before Jamieson decided to return for his final year of NCAA eligibility.
The Knighthawks open their 2011 season on January 8th against the Minnesota Swarm, then host the Toronto Rock on January 15th.An All-America at Simon Fraser and a decorated Jr. A player for Coquitlam, Kojima began covering lacrosse in 2003 and started working for Inside Lacrosse in 2007. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.laxfuj.com.
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