Kyle Buchanan ready to step up to the next stage of his lacrosse life in Everett

When the first pick of the sixth and final round of the 2012 National Lacrosse League draft rolled around, the Washington Stealth were on the clock. Before they submitted their pick, they needed to check one thing. They were having trouble believing that Kyle Buchanan hadn’t been selected yet, but none of their management team could remember his name being called. Just to make they hadn’t missed something, the Stealth picked up the phone on their table and made a call 50 feet across the room to the table where the NLL’s staff were sitting. Assured that he was indeed still available, the Stealth went ahead and selected the only sixth-round pick to start the season on a team’s active roster.

The righty forward, who was eighth in Major Series Lacrosse in scoring during his only full year in the league (25 goals, 35 assists for 60 points with the Brooklin Redmen in 2011), is now a member of the Stealth. While it may surprise some that the diminutive sniper stuck with the squad, his new teammates are not among that group. “It was pretty obvious from the first practice that he was going to make this team,” Lewis Ratcliff told the Everett Herald. Rhys Duch adds that he expects Buchanan to continue to succeed at the pro level. “He’s been playing undersized his whole career and he’s obviously had success,” Duch said. “So, play to your strengths right? And he is. He is shifty and he is quick and he’s got great skills and reads the game well. So, I don’t think size is going to be a factor.”

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 stamplax@hotmail.com.

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