ILIndoor Top 50: Andrew Suitor #18

Tenacity and drive are the hallmarks of Andrew Suitor, right, a guy that does whatever it takes to win. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Tenacity and drive are the hallmarks of Andrew Suitor, right, a guy that does whatever it takes to win. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

Yes, Andrew Suitor missed all of 11 games last winter. And yes, he was off the floor this past summer as well. But just because he was on the shelf for much of 2013 doesn’t mean he isn’t one of the game’s best. Before wrecking his knee last winter, the transition man for the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm was building his rep as a do-it-all kind of player in the States and in Canada. He’s still doing that, of course, but the progression was just delayed a bit as he recovered from the injury. And if you follow his Twitter feed at all, you know this 5-foot-11, 190-pound right-hander out of Orangeville, Ont., is recovered and ready to roll. And if by some chance you’ve never seen this ball of energy play lacrosse, 1 game this coming season and you’ll see why he’s on ILIndoor’s Top 50 list.

Faceoffs, fights, goals, defense, transition, Suitor is cut from the old-school cloth and there is no doubt about his desire to win. Full of fire and passion, you get the sense Suitor will race you to the drinking fountain if you challenged him.

The stats are what you’d expect from a guy who is all over the floor as he had 5 points (4-1) in the 5 games he played last winter along with 11 faceoff wins, 4 forced turnovers and 34 loose balls. But the only stat Suitor cares about is winning and while he has yet to lead the Swarm to an NLL title, his resume suggests it’s only a matter of time. He won 2 Minto Cups with Orangeville and the 2012 Mann Cup with the Peterborough Lakers.

He’s the captain for a reason in Minnesota, and while he certainly has the stats to show he’s effective anywhere on the floor, it’s the leadership by example that puts him out in front as a pace-setter.

ILIndoor’s take

“‘Suits’ took over the Swarm captaincy as a second-year player and instilled some serious bravado in the young 2012 Swarm troops. Suitor was fearless in battle refusing to let his team reel when down. End-to-end rushes, timely goals and all-out hustle were staples of his play while he inspired his team to great heights. 2013 was truly unlucky for No. 20 in yellow and blue. A suspension and a season-ending injury highlited his season. Let’s hope Suitor has made a full recovery so we can all be inspired once more!” – Marty O’Neill

“The only way you’re not a fan of Suitor is if you have to play against him, but even then, you have to respect him. More than the stats he puts up, his energy and passion are the type of assets coaches and teammates love, because that’s the stuff that’s not coached. It’s from the heart. He’s a natural leader and he wears that badge with pride and humility, the true mark of a captain.” – Bob Chavez

“Suitor is the kind of player that you grow to appreciate more and more the more you get to see him play. His tenacity and drive are part of the makeup that allows him to be a strong leader at a young age. He’s tough on the floor and willing to drop the mitts for his team. In fact, just about everything he does on the floor is done with a team-first mindset. He’s got good stick skills and can finish in transition but only takes off when there is a clear opportunity.” – Stephen Stamp

Top 50

No. 50: Aaron Bold
No. 49: Brad Self
No. 48: Jesse Gamble
No. 47: Rory Smith
No. 46: Kiel Matisz
No. 45: Lewis Ratcliff
No. 44: Johnny Powless
No. 43: Tyler Hass
No. 42: Sid Smith
No. 41: Brett Mydske
No. 40: Stephan Leblanc
No. 39: Kevin Ross
No. 38: Jeff Moleski
No. 37: Drew Westervelt
No. 36: Jeff Gilbert
No. 35: Ryan Ward
No. 34: Cory Vitarelli
No. 33: Kyle Sorensen
No. 32: Corey Small
No. 31: Shawn Williams
No. 30: Scott Ranger
No. 29: Mark Steenhuis
No. 28: Casey Powell
No. 27: Josh Sanderson
No. 26: Brandon Miller
No. 25: Mike Grimes
No. 24: Chris Corbeil
No. 23: Kevin Crowley
No. 22: Geoff Snider
No. 21: John Tavares
No. 20: Mark Matthews
No. 19: Dan Dawson

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