Lots of guys have a nose for the net. But when it comes to Brian Gillis, it’s more than a nose. It’s his entire being, as evidenced by the 69 goals he scored last spring for New England College, which was tops in the entire nation. The big question, though, is does this translate indoors? Maybe not to the tune of 69 goals, but there’s no question he can pile up the points. Between time spent in Burnaby and Langley, he was a reliable contributor out the front door and the better part of that is his realization that the ball just doesn’t appear in his stick magically. It takes work in the corners for the loosies, it takes getting your hands dirty in open-floor scrums and it takes movement off the ball. In other words, he doesn’t wait for situations to present themselves. This left-hander out of North Vancouver can create his own opportunities and he’s hoping his next opportunity comes by hearing his name called at Monday’s National Lacrosse League entry draft.
Weight: 180 pounds
From: North Vancouver
Junior A: Bunaby, Langley
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? Relentless work ethic, good vision on the floor, strong on loose balls.
One word to describe your game? Smart
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Forward, but feel I could also adapt to a transition role.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Josh Sanderson.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Finishing 1st in the nation in goals in Division III my senior year at New England College.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 email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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