We kicked off our 32-man “tournament” on Tuesday to find out who you think is the best American to ever play in the National Lacrosse League. Casey Powell took on Keith Cromwell and today, we bring you another product of Syracuse lacrosse as Roy Colsey takes on Eric Martin. Since we’re still in the early stages of this bi-weekly feature, you may have noticed that one of the cooler things is we get to compare players from today’s NLL against those of the past. We didn’t set up the bracket like this intentionally; it’s just the way it’s played out so far. Still, it’ll make for some interesting conversation and if that’s your game, you can take it to the ILIndoor message board over here. But before you do that, throw down a vote for today’s matchup and we’ll be back on Tuesday with matchup No. 3.
Talk about long-suffering. Colsey came out of Syracuse University as a stud midfielder from Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and had the right build, and mindset for the NLL. Nine seasons pretty much proves that, but the long-suffering part is the reward he got for all that hustling and pounding: 1 NLL playoff game.
He was in his prime from 2000 through 2003, scoring 68, 76, 57 and 64 points. Colsey’s career spanned 9 seasons, from 1996 to 2007 with a break in 2005 and 2006. In his 99 games, he finished with 373 points on 204 goals and 169 assists while also scooping 465 loose balls. But during his time with the Knighthawks, the Saints, the Bandits and the Storm, Colsey got to taste the postseason just once, the 1997 playoffs with the New York Saints.
Still, the lack of playoff experience doesn’t discount the skill and passion Colsey brought to the indoor game. Colsey always played the game with a bit of an attitude, as if he had something to prove. But when it came down to it, his nose was on the grindstone and he was doing whatever it took to help his teams win. In the process, he forged an NLL career as one of the best Americans to suit up.
The man they call “Meat” out of Norfolk, Va., wasn’t on anyone’s lacrosse radar coming out of high school. But by the time he finished his All-America career at Division III Salisbury as a walk-on, he had the lacrosse world’s attention. Winning 2 NCAA titles and being named a first-team All-American and Defender of the Year, twice, will do that for a fella.
And over the course of 9 seasons in the NLL, from 2005 through 2013, he had plenty of attention from opposing forwards. Known for his aggressive and physical play in the back end, Martin established himself as one of the league’s top defender and provided the Stealth teams played for with a finishing touch on offense as well. He played 119 games overall and finished with 108 points, once scoring 9 goals in a season as a defender. In 6 of his 9 seasons, he finished in double digits for assists.
But he made his money as a defenseman and with 11 career playoff games that included an NLL title with the Stealth in 2010, he did his part and did it well.
Who is the best American-born player to play in the NLL?
- Eric Martin (64%, 76 Votes)
- Roy Colsey (36%, 42 Votes)
Total Voters: 118
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