Chris Wardle showed this summer that he’s got some pretty nice touch around the net. He popped in 46 goals with the Victoria Shamrocks, good for third in the BC Jr A league. He also added 44 assists for a 90-point total. Those numbers led to him being selected by the Vancouver Stealth in the National Lacrosse League draft. As with all of the young players trying to crack NLL lineups in this age of nine deeply talented teams, he’ll be hard pressed to actually make the Stealth’s roster. But he’s excited about having been drafted and looking forward to the opportunity to go to training camp. And he’s not lacking for confidence. “The jump to the NLL is going to be a big adjustment and it’s going to take some time,” Wardle told the Langley Advance. “However, I feel that I am ready.” It may help that he’s had at least a taste of top-level competition. The forward got into a Western Lacrosse Association playoff game, suiting up for the senior Shamrocks in the WLA finals against the Langley Thunder. “Playing in the WLA playoffs was a great experience,” Wardle said. “It gave me a bit of experience playing with bigger guys and at a faster pace game, which I believe will help me with the adjustment to the NLL.”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 email@example.com.
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