How would you like to have the next Billy Dee Smith join your favourite National Lacrosse League team? Mike Lum-Walker is currently competing to win a second straight Minto Cup with the Whitby Warriors and he models his game after the hulking Six Nations Chiefs’ defender who is in the midst of the Major Series Lacrosse championship series. It’s a high standard to which Lum-Walker aspires, but that’s a good thing. Why not set high goals and then work to achieve them. After all, Lum-Walker’s entire game is based on working to achieve results.
Lum-Walker is under no delusions about what his game is all about. He can handle the ball well enough to move it to someone heading up the floor and he can run well enough to get it out of the defensive zone. But he’s not about to pile up goals: he has just three in three full years of Junior A lacrosse. He’s on the floor for another reason: to keep the ball out of his own net and to dislodge it from opposing players. He does both exceptionally well.
As his 120 penalty minutes in 55 career OLA Jr A games attest, Lum-Walker doesn’t shy away from the physical side of the game. If you’re trying to get to the net against him, you’ll probably come away with some reminders in the form of black and blue marks. He also doesn’t hesitate to come to the aid of a teammate who is being harassed.
He’s not a dirty player, though. Lum-Walker is an aggressive defender with a non-stop motor whose game is built around wanting to stop you from scoring more than you want to score. That style makes him a valuable commodity for a lacrosse team and assures that he’ll hear his name called in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft.
Weight: 195 lbs
From: Ajax, Ontario
Junior A or box experience: Whitby Warriors Jr A.
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I feel that my greatest asset is my gritty, aggressive defence. I am very vocal team player on the floor who communicates well in different defensive situations.
One word to describe your game?Gritty
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? A tough, aggressive stay at home defender, using my body to clog up middle.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Billy Dee Smith, he is a fierce defender who has lots of heart. He has dedicated himself to the game on and off the floor.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?Winning the Minto Cup in 2011 with the Whitby Warriors.
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