Yet another rookie cracks the Top 40 and the question really isn’t about what Jordan MacIntosh did for the Minnesota Swarm. It’s what didn’t he do? The right-hander out of Oakville, Ontario, arrived with some lofty credentials in winning the MSL Rookie of the Year award in Ajax and that game transitioned nicely into the National Lacrosse League as he scored goals, set up goals, won faceoffs and scooped loose balls. And of all the rookies that contributed to the big season for Minnesota, it was the smooth glide of MacIntosh up the floor that stood out the most.
MacIntosh scored 51 points to rank fourth in team scoring for Minnesota. His 151 faceoff wins and 153 loosies were tops for the Swarm, not to mention the young legs that sparked a lethal transition game. Some tabbed him to be the NLL’s Rookie of the Year and he deserved the consideration, but being a jack of more trades rather than a master of 1 or 2 probably kept him from winning the hardware as other rooks tabbed more goals than he did, that being the sexy stat that woos voters.
But MacIntosh doesn’t need the plaque to prove he’s among the best. When teams like the Peterborough Lakers, a perennial power in MSL, swing a trade for you midseason, then you know you’ve got some game because the Lake Show isn’t interested in chumps. And he’s done his part well for the Lakers, who went on to win the Mann Cup over Langley earlier this month.
When he wasn’t helping the Lakers (Peterborough was 4-1 in the regular season with him in the lineup), he was back in Rochester with the MLL’s Rattlers, knocking down 27 points in 12 games. He scored 12 of his 23 goals in a 3-game stretch and the Rattlers were 5-2 when he scored at least 2 goals in a game.
There’s a lot of numbers to digest for MacIntosh in 2012, but between his feats indoors and out – which also included a stint with Team Canada for the Duel in Denver – there’s little doubt that MacIntosh is well on his way to decorated career in lacrosse.
Fact: MacIntosh played in 18 NLL games last season, including playoffs, and scored at least 1 goal in 16 of those games. The 2 games he didn’t score a goal? Both were against the Edmonton Rush.
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