Jordan MacIntosh was promising before this summer, but his Major Series Lacrosse season definitely has him skyrocketing up the charts.
Not mentioned in Paul Tutka’s very early look at the 2011 draft top ten prospects last summer, MacIntosh has pushed himself into very real contention to go in the first half of the first round.
His success at RIT was impressive, earning him two All-American honours as he twice led the Tigers to the NCAA tournament. In his senior year, the midfielder was the team’s leading scorer and top faceoff man.But while some field stars are question marks for the NLL because they lack box experience, MacIntosh is already a burgeoning star in the indoor game as well. A stellar junior career led Ajax to pick him third overall in a strong Major Series Lacrosse draft this year and he managed to play above the lofty expectations the team had for him.
“His skill level is excellent and he’s determined,” Rock coach Paul St. John told insideHalton.com. “You can see it in practice and warm-ups. He’s always working at getting better. You can’t teach that. We don’t want him to get too far ahead but he could be one of the best in the game. His future is bright and he’s got the passion to want it.”
St. John wasn’t the only fan of his game as we named MacIntosh our IL Indoor top transition player and top rookie in MSL this summer and he received the league’s official Rookie of the Year award as well. He earned those honours by finishing 11th in the league in scoring despite missing a third of the season while finishing up at RIT. Just ahead of him on the list were John Tavares and Stephan Leblanc. Just behind him were Colin Doyle, Garrett Billings and Shawn Evans. Pretty heady company for any young player.
In summary, MacIntosh can score, he’s strong on faceoffs and he’s an improving defender with the desire to keep getting better in his own end. Think Andrew Suitor without the fighting but with way more offensive skill and you’ve got an idea of the kind of impact MacIntosh could have in the NLL.
From: Oakville, Ontario/RIT
MLL: Hamilton Nationals
MSL: Ajax Rock
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
I’ve gotten used to playing the offensive side of the game, the defensive side as well as transition and faceoffs. I think I can fit into any role that any team needs.
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
I could see myself playing as a transition guy, going out the back door and being in charge of getting the ball up the floor to our own guys quickly, and taking faceoffs.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
I love to watch Jeff Shattler in Calgary. He’s a terrific defender and then he’s so fast getting the ball up the floor, then when he’s on the offensive end of the floor he’s just terrific as well. He’s a complete player and I’d definitely say that I could model my game after him.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
The ‘06 Founders Cup and then my two years at RIT, making the [NCAA] tournament and being an All-American.
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