Put James Delaney in B.C. to play lacrosse, and he feels right at home. Put James Delaney in Pennsylvania to play lacrosse, and he feels right at home. Get the point? Delaney is a right-hander out of Port Coquitlam but no matter where he’s playing — Okotoks, PoCo, Nanaimo or Seton Hill University — he’s lighting up goalies. Early in his Junior A days, he was a steady producer for the Port Coquitlam Saints before taking his game to the Raiders in Okotoks, where he finished his Junior A career in 2012 as the only Junior A player in the country with more than 50 goals (he had 51). His first WLA season saw just 6 games, but he still managed 23 points (9-14) and that came after being named USILA Midfielder of the Year at Seton Hill for a second straight season. Delaney is leaving a trail of awards in his lacrosse wake but the ultimate reward for him would be hearing his name called at the National Lacrosse League draft on Sept. 16.
Weight: 175 pounds
From: Port Coquitlam, B.C.
Junior A: Okotoks Raiders, Port Coquitlam Saints, Nanaimo Sr. A
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I believe my lacrosse IQ would be my greatest asset in translating to the NLL game. I have been privileged enough to be coached my many current and former NLL coaches and players which have really translated my game into an NLL model.
One word to describe your game? Driven
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? I believe my game is dynamic enough to fit many roles inside of the offense system of any team. I can see myself fitting in providing much needed goal scoring depth to any team as well as a setup man my teammates.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? I love the game that Rhys Duch plays for the Stealth and Shamrocks. He has a killer outside shot and when teams over compensate for that, he can burn you inside. The space he creates for his teammates is amazing as well.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Being able to play in a Minto Cup was a huge accomplishment in my box lacrosse career so far. In field lacrosse helping my school (Seton Hill) reach as high as No. 6 in the country in the rankings was also a huge accomplishment for my team and recruiting class. Personally, being the only 50-goal scorer my last season in Jr. A in all of Canada as well as finishing my school career a 3-time All American and 2-time USILA Midfielder of the Year.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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