Dhane Smith led the Ontario Junior A lacrosse league in scoring this summer with 107 points, including 38 goals. He was named co-MVP with Orangeville’s Jeremy Noble. And after those honours, he was probably just as excited to hear from the only other player in Kitchener-Waterloo Braves history to win the Dennis McIntosh Award as the loop’s most valuable player. “Colin Doyle sent me a email to congratulate me and here I am playing against him (with Major Series Lacrosse’s KW Kodiaks, with whom he has been playing since the Braves’ season ended). “I can still remember chasing him down for an autograph when I was like 10 years old.”
It will take a couple of big wins for the Kodiaks to advance and face Doyle’s Six Nations Chiefs in the MSL West Division final. Brampton leads KW two games to one in the best-of-five first round with Game 4 tonight in KW. That game can be seen via pay per view webstreaming, as can Game 5 Friday night from Brampton if the Kodiaks win tonight. Go to the Major Series Lacrosse web site to purchase the games.
While the Kodiaks fight to earn a berth against the Chiefs in the next round, Smith is happy to be playing a regular role with the team, he told the Kitchener Post. He has fit into the senior club almost seamlessly and scored 15 points in seven regular season games. He’s added a goal and two assists in the three play0ff tilts with Brampton so far. It’s a measure of how quickly he’s assimilated to the older league that his playoff performance could be considered disappointing to this point and he will be a player looked at to step up his game if KW is going to rebound and win the series.
Smith’s combination of size, speed and talent also makes him a tantalizing prospect to NLL GMs setting their boards for the 2012 entry draft. He is likely to go in the second half of the first round.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Rate This Story: