Scott Johnston isn’t your typical Yankee looking to take his game to the National Lacrosse League. Yeah, he played the field game in high school and college. And yeah, plenty of Yanks have made the transition to the indoor game from the outdoor game. But Johnston took matters into his own hands and got it going for himself indoors. The solid right-hander out of Akron, N.Y., who hopes to hear his name called at the NLL entry draft on Sept. 16 has plenty of indoor knowledge. Junior A stints with Burlington and St. Catharines no doubt taught him the finer points of the box game and even though his junior career ended last year, he wanted more. So he took himself to Can-Am ball and was a solid baller with the Tuscarora Tomahawks.
He dropped 14 goals and 14 assists this summer for 28 points in 13 games, respectable production for a player making the shift to a game with the big boys. He says he plays the game with drive and strength, something he’ll definitely need if he’s going to ball in the NLL.
But given the way he’s sought out instruction and very real game experience to improve his indoor game, along with his willingness to battle anywhere on the floor, don’t be surprised if you hear more about Johnston in the seasons to come.
Height: 5’ 11”
From: Akron, N.Y.
Junior A: St. Catherines/Burlington
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I have a dangerous and fast outside shot along with my overall strength, which allows me to get inside and bury as well. Also my strength and work ethic allows me to be able to play any spot on the floor that’s asked of me.
One word to describe your game? Desire. Every time I step on the floor I am going 110%, nothing less.
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Anything that’s asked of me, the dream is to make it by any means possible.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? I feel like I have aspects from many different players. A shot like Cory Bomberry, strength like Paul Dawson, and determination like Mike Accursi.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Scoring 13 goals in one game in high school, which was a New York State record.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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