Lovell has help from four Wellington County players in new role as Rock Head Coach

It’s an interesting fact of life in the National Lacrosse League that the Toronto Rock are able to floor a team almost entirely from the province of Ontario. So it’s hardly a surprise that there are pockets of players from various areas within the province. One of those areas, the county of Wellington, provides the Rock with not only four players but also with Head Coach John Lovell. In a story in the Wellington Advertiser, Kelly Waterhouse takes a look at the man who took over the reins of the club after four years as an assistant coach. One of the Wellington County players is defender Rob Marshall, an Arthur native who credits Lovell with helping him make it in the NLL. “Lovell coached me with the Elora Mohawks and the Aces. We won a President’s Cup together. He got me a try-out with the Rock,” Marshall said. “If it wasn’t for him I don’t know whether I’d be playing in the league in Toronto.” Marshall also says there’s a simple recipe for playing for Lovell. “You’ll always have coach Lovell’s respect if you give it 100 per cent,” Marshall said.

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

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