When you get a chance to play with the likes of Sandy Chapman,Chris Corbeil, and Kyle Rubisch, you’re in a good position to learn as a young transition player. Mark White has taken advantage of that opportunity to hone his craft with the Brampton Excelsiors and now he’s hoping the results will allow him to take his game to the National Lacrosse League.
The speedy right-hander got into 8 games as an affiliated player with the Excelsiors in 2012. This season, he became a regular in the Brampton lineup as the only player on the team credited with playing in all 20 games. He earned his playing time by putting the lessons he’s learned to good use. White has developed into a solid defensive player who helps to limit the damage done by elite offensive threats on the opposition. Where he’s really begun to stand out, though, is in transitioning the ball up the floor.
White displays a keen sense for when a teammate is about to come up with a loose ball and he should speed out of his defensive zone for a breakout pass. That allowed him to score 3 goals, add 7 assists and create other scoring opportunities for the Excelsiors, who floored a young lineup this season with a number of veterans either playing out west or taking the summer off. That kind of situation creates openings for young players, but they have to step up and play well to be able to fill those openings. White did so in Brampton, earning his coaches’ trust to make good decisions.
His background includes a high-scoring career as a midfielder at University of Southern Maine and a stint in Junior A with a strong Burlington Chiefs team. Four of his teammates from that Burlington club are already in the NLL: Kiel Matisz, Jordan MacIntosh, Alex Crepinsek and Carter Bender. Another, Ethan O’Connor, is expected to be a high pick in this year’s draft. Come September 16, White should be yet another Chief drafted to the pro league.
Name: Mark White
Junior A: Burlington Chiefs
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 speed. I have the ability to take care of my own end first then transition the ball up the floor. I know when to push it and when to curl back and let the offense set up.
One word to describe your game? Tenacious
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Going out the defensive door and transitioning the ball up the floor.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? After playing the last two summers with a solid D group in Brampton I have certainly learned a lot and try to model my game mostly after Sandy Chapman. I really respect the way Sandy plays and the effort he puts fourth game in and game out. Like Sandy I am defensively responsible but also have the ability to bring an offensive threat when pushing the ball up the floor.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Playing on the 2006 inaugural Edge team that went 37-0, which culminated with winning the championship at the World Lacrosse Festival in London, Ontario.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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