Ethan O’Connor was named the Rookie of the Year in Major Series Lacrosse. Among the stiff competition he faced for that award was Jason Noble. That fact alone gives you a pretty good idea of just how good O’Connor is and why he’s likely to be selected with one of the early picks in this year’s National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. While Noble only played 11 games with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks and that worked against his chances of winning the rookie award, O’Connor was a worthy recipient based on his body of work during the summer. The righty transition player started out playing pretty well for the Brampton Excelsiors and improved throughout the 18 games he played.
He proved to be a sound defender who is up to the challenge of facing some of the top offensive players in the world. He seldom appeared to be neglecting his defensive duties in favour of leaking out up the floor for transition opportunities. But when opportunities arose, he was ready to jump at them. O’Connor was often the first player breaking out of his zone when the Excelsiors had a shot at a loose ball or rebound and is adept at finding open space to accept a pass. READ MORE »