Cam Copland prides himself on the ability to do a bit of everything. Score goals? He scored 15 this summer, second-most among his Okotoks Raiders teammates. Stop goals? Yeah, he can stay back and disrupt a play or two. Vision? He’s got that too, able to recognize when it’s time to push it up the floor or when it’s time to slow down and make a cut or two. Thing is, lots of players have versatility in their games but not a lot have the speed to make them effective at whatever end they’re in. Copland has that, and it’s that ability he’s hoping will get the attention of National Lacrosse League brass at the entry draft on Sept. 16. The right-hander out of Okotoks, who finished second in team scoring this summer (15-18, 33), has played in 4 Minto Cup tournaments, exposing him to some of the best junior lacrosse there is to be played. So now he wants to part of the best pro lacrosse in the world, and he’ll be watching and waiting on draft day.
Junior A: Okotoks Raiders
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? My biggest asset is being able to play fast pace defense while seeing plays in transition, or being able to play both ends of the floor.
One word to describe your game? Athletic
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? I see myself being a transition player. Being able to pick up the loose ball and using my speed to push it up floor for the odd-man rush or having the confidence to stay and play in the offensive end.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? I would say I try and model my game after guys like Jeff Shattler or Jordan MacIntosh. Watching them both be so versatile on the floor. Hard workers on the back end and knowing when to use their speed to get the ball up floor to stay and play gritty offense.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? I think my greatest accomplishment would be being playing in 4 Minto Cups.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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