Canadians have been having an impact on the collegiate game for a long time, going back to greats from the 70s like Stan Cockerton and Mike French, both of whom are still playing big roles in the game today. Both are also still among the top 5 all-time goal scorers in NCAA Division 1 history. But the role of Canadians in the college game has been growing, as Canadians will be quick to point out to you according to an interesting and exhaustive look at the subject on the US Boxla web site. The story is full of interesting details, such as how Jordan Hall scored the fastest goal in NCAA history, just 3 seconds after the opening whistle!
The secret? He made like a wide receiving running a post pattern as draw man Alex Smith pinched and popped the ball on the faceoff and threw a perfect pass to hit him in stride. Hall is currently trying out for Canada’s team for the 2014 FIL World Championships along side of Zack Greer, the all-time D1 goal-scoring leader. Also at those tryouts are a generous handful of recent grads and some players who are still in school.
And it’s not just goal-scorers finding their way south across the border. The story documents the goalies who have made the move, as well, including Dillon Ward. The third overall pick in this year’s National Lacrosse League draft, Ward is no slouch when he’s holding the stick head up, either. The Bellarmine grad (yet another candidate for the Canadian field team) had one of the best seasons ever by an NCAA goalie this year.
It’s not just Canadians infiltrating the American game, either. The story shows that Iroquois snipers are making their mark, too. In 2013, 9 of the top 15 goal scorers in Division 1 were either Canadian (6) or Iroquois (3) players. It’s a fascinating read. It’s also very long. So get yourself a nice mug of tea, sit down and soak it all in.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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