submitted by Jason Donville
Hey, rookie – you were good
The end of the regular NCAA lacrosse season is rapidly approaching and games for the most part are becoming more defensively orientated and the multi-goal performances that were common place only a few weeks ago are occurring far less frequently. That said players such as Crowley, Jamieson, McClure, O’Brien, Delaney, Loewen, Fill, Levick and McQuade all put up big numbers in last week’s game. In this week’s edition of Canadian’s in the NCAA we also review the “impactfulness” of this year’s crop of rookies in Divisions I, II and II.
Stony Brook and Hofstra finishing strong
Stony Brook is ranked #8 in the latest USILA Division I lacrosse poll and the play of Kevin Crowley (New Westminster) is a big part of the Seawolves’ story in 2010. Earlier this week, Crowley scored 3 goals and 3 assists in leading Stony Brook to a stunning 15-0 win over Albany. Cody Jamieson (Six Nations) also had a strong outing this past Saturday leading Syracuse to 14 to 5 victory over Providence with Jamieson picking up 3 goals and 2 assist in the win. Adam Jones (Owen Sound) is quietly putting together another strong season with 2 goals and 2 assists in a 9 to 8 win over Detroit, while Logun Schuss (Delta) also scored 2 goals and 2 assist in a win over Air Force. Hofstra beat Jacksonville 14-10 on Saturday and Canucks were prominent on both sides of the score sheet. Jay Card (Caledon) scored 4 goals and Adrian Sorchetti (Whitby) had a goal and 2 assists for the Pride while Cameron Mann (Hamilton) had a goal and three assists for the Dolphins with Ryan Serville (Toronto) adding 2 goals and an assist. Trevor Moore (Port Coquitlam) and Corby Tao Brambleby (Coquitlam) each had hat tricks in Robert Morris’ win over Sacred Heart, while Mark Matthews (Oshawa) had a hat-trick in Denver’s win over Fairfield and Curtis Dickson (Port Coquitlam) had a hat trick in Delaware’s win over Drexel.
Cameron Mann is “the Man”In 2010, 43 Canadians rookies have played in at least one Division I lacrosse game with many having had a huge impact on their respective teams. Measuring “impactfulness” from a statistical perspective is not without its controversies because statistics can either ignore or distort a number of factors including great team play that is never captured statistically. Nonetheless, my total impact score does a fair job at balancing the offensive stats (goals and assists) with defensive stats (ground balls and caused turnovers) to provide a fairly meaningful idea of which players are contributing to the overall objectives of the game which is to score more goals than the opponent. In this context, the most impactful Canadian rookie in Division I lacrosse in 2010 is Cameron Mann of Jacksonville who has scored 31 points in 17 games while also grabbing 53 ground balls and generating 8 caused turnovers. Mann’s numbers are particularly noteworthy because he is amongst the rookie leaders in both offensive and defensive categories which suggest that Mann possesses a superb overall game. Following on the heels of Mann is Jordan Houtby (St Catherines) and Joel Matthews (St Catherines), both at Detroit Mercy. Houtby’s defensive numbers are among the best in the entire NCAA while Matthews, like Mann, enjoys superb statistics at both ends of the field. To crack the starting Cornell line-up as a freshman is an achievement in itself, but unlike previous Canucks who have starred at Cornell such as David Mitchell and Sean Greenhalgh, Jason Noble (Orangeville) has yet to score a goal. Noble is a long pole defender and his 38 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers place him, like Jordan Houtby among the top defenders in the NCAA. In fifth place amongst Canadian rookies is another Jacksonville Dolphin, Ryan Serville who tops all Canadian rookie scorers with 49 points and has decent defensive numbers as well. Rounding out the top ten Canadian rookies in terms of impactfulness are AJ Masson (Newmarket) , Nick Soubry (Oakville), Tyler Melnyk (Calgary), Logan Schuss and Matt Mackenzie (Spruce Grove). The “Impact” stats for the Canadian Division I rookies so far in 2010 are listed below.
Mercyhurst is on a roll but don’t ignore Dowling or Limestone
Three of the top five ranked Division II lacrosse teams have large Canadian contingents which mean that late season games involving Mercyhurst, Dowling and Limestone will be carefully watched by fans, parents and coaches back home. Mercyhurst had a couple of lopsided wins this past week starting with a 17 to 3 win over Lake Erie that saw Ty Burton (London) score 2 goals and 2 assists, Cam McClean (Victoria) score 3 goals and an assist and Kyle Kallay (Orangeville) add a hat trick. A few days later, Mercyhurst dropped Notre Dame de Namur 20 to 5 with J.A. MacDougall (Brantford) scoring 2 goals and an assist. Dowling had a one sided win over Dominican College with John McClure (Brampton) scoring 6 goals and an assist, while Kyle O’Brien (Whitby) added 2 goals and 4 assists. Limestone won a close one this week, beating Belmont Abbey 10 to 9 with Riley Loewen (Burnaby) scoring 3 goals and adding 2 assists. Seton Hill won twice this week with James Delaney (Vancouver) scoring 4 goals and 2 assists in the first win and Matthew Bertrand (Oakville) scoring 2 goals and an assist in the second win over Chestnut Hill. Finally, Braden Artem (Acton) scored 2 goals and 2 assists in a win over Notre Dame De Namur while Drew Comeau (Red Deer) had 3 goals and an assist in the loss.
The Whitby tattoo on his calve gives it away!
The Canadian rookie class in Division II is much smaller than Division I but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for in quality. Cam Holding (Whitby), who plays for Florida Southern, has been by far the most impactful Canadian rookie in Division II so far this year. Holding leads the Division II rookie crop in goal scoring with 44 goals in 8 games and has decent defensive numbers as well. Holding has escaped our commentary for much of the year in part because he lists his home town on the Florida Southern website as Ann Arbor, Michigan. That said, while you can “take the boy out of Whitby”, Holding’s 44 goals in 8 games suggest that you “can’t take the Whitby out of the boy”. Following on the heels of Holding’s superb rookie numbers is Bal Keegan (Coquitlam) of Lake Erie, who has scored 23 goals and 11 assist in 10 games for Lake Erie. James Delaney of Seton Hill is just behind Keegan with 27 points, 10 GB’s and 3 caused turnovers in 9 games. Riley Loewen has scored 23 goals for Limestone this year and rounding out the top five is Kirby Upshaw (Orono) who has strong defensive numbers with 33 ground balls and 9 caused turnovers in 16 games for Pfeiffer.
Division III coming down to the wire
Divisions III schedules are now starting to wind down but several Canucks have had strong showings over the weekend. Becker defeated Mitchell 21 to 4 and Aaron Fill (Ladner)scored 3 goals and added 2 assists in the victory. Elmira lost to Ithaca 19-9 despite Brad Levick (Newmarket) scoring 4 goals and adding an assist while Whittier spilt a couple of games over the weekend with Daniel McQuade (New Westminster) scoring 4 goals in a loss to Ohio Wesleyan. Tyler Tanguay (Port Colborne) scored 4 goals in Adrian’s 15 to 3 win over Fontbonne, while Alex Crepinsek (Oakville) picked up a goal and an assist in RIT’s 18 to 9 win over Alfred.
MacDonald is First
There are 12 Canadian rookies in Division III who have played in at least one game so far in 2010. In terms of impactful rookies in Division III, Adrian’s Brandon MacDonald (Midhurst) who plays LPM and has decent offensive stats and strong defensive stats (including the most caused turnovers at 12) leads the rookie class. Richard Lachlan (Port Coquitlam) from Roanoke holds down second place among Canadian rookies in terms of overall impactfulness while leading all Canadian rookies in Division III in goal scoring with 32. Tyler Campbell (Mississauga) has decent numbers in only 5 games played while Brian Gillis (North Vancouver) comes in fourth with 17 points, 17 GB’s and 2 caused turnovers in 15 games played for New England College. Rounding out the top five in Division III is Brayden Gerrie (Fergus) who has scored 4 points while picking up 21 ground balls for Roanoke. The entire Canadian rookie class in Division three is presented below.
Games upcoming – The Toronto Rock vs. the Buffalo Bandits playoff game is a must watch affair!
There are plenty of big games coming up this weekend in the NCAA but most of the big ones will occur far from the Canada/US border. Closer to home, Hobart hosts Air Force on Saturday and for lacrosse fans in Southwestern Ontario you can see Wagner play at Detroit. Of course, the game that every lacrosse loving fan should be attending this Saturday is the Toronto Rock vs. Buffalo Bandits game at the ACC. This is the first lacrosse play-off game at the ACC in years and it pits the Rock against its key rival – hope to see as many of you there as possible!
The statistics being put up by this year’s crop of rookies is impressive in its own right but I think there are a couple of points that need to be seen by those who are following the long-term development of field lacrosse in Canada. First, while Canadian lacrosse players have always been well known for scoring, it is interesting to note how many of our players are distinguishing themselves on the defensive side of center. The second point worth noting is the rise of the “Albertans”. While it has long been thought that the lower mainland of BC and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) produced all of Canada’s great lacrosse players, there are lacrosse people in places like Red Deer, St Albert, Edmonton, Spruce Grove, and Calgary who would beg to differ – and the numbers being put up by the likes of Melnyk, Mackenzie, Comeau, Zdrill, Tyrell, Pellis and others are doing all the talking!
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