He doesn’t talk much, doesn’t showboat and doesn’t get too high or too low when it comes to the emotional roller coaster that lacrosse can do to a fella. At least not on the surface. Underneath, there’s a fire. There’s got to be. How else to explain the impressive consistency of his point production, whether he’s sporting a sweater for Calgary in the National Lacrosse League or Nanaimo in the Western Lacrosse Association? There are plenty of names and games to praise in lacrosse today when it comes to scoring points, and Scott Ranger belongs in the conversation with the best of ‘em.
The right-handed forward out of Nanaimo, B.C., didn’t start his career with a lot of fanfare. But if the trends continue for this 29-year-old, he’s blazing a trail of glory.
Last year’s with the Roughnecks was his eighth in the NLL and for the second straight season, he finished with 61 points. The 24 goals and 37 assists don’t exactly make eyeballs pop out, but he did score at least 1 goal in 13 of 16 games in the regular season last winter. And of those 13 games, he scored 2 or more goals in 8 of them.
This summer with the Timbermen, he won his second straight WLA scoring title with 92 points on 55 goals and 27 assists. Two of those goals were game-winners and he scored at least 1 goal in 17 of 18 games, with 15 games of at least 2 goals. Want more? In 8 games, he scored 4 or more goals, including a 7-goal effort in a loss to Victoria on June 1.
So yeah, you get the idea. Ranger’s a force up front for any team he reps and these days, the Roughnecks and the Timbermen are more than thrilled he’s repping their squads.
Fact: Ranger’s 55 goals are the most in a single WLA season since Curt Malawsky scored 56 goals for Coquitlam in the 2000 WLA season. Malawsky, a former Riggers teammate with Ranger, is the team’s new coach heading into this NLL season.
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