The newest team in the Canadian Lacrosse League, the SouthWest Cyclops may not have a permanent home, but Head Coach and General Manager Jeremy Tallevi has already created a team identity for his new club.
“We have a solid mix of players who will play a fast-paced and exciting brand of lacrosse,” said Tallevi in a CLax press release. “I know we can play with any team in the league, and we are going to give Cyclops fans a lot to cheer about this season.”
The Cyclops will be led by 2013 Brampton Inferno leading scorer Ryan Campbell. The Brampton, ON native has tallied 111 points in his two CLax seasons, including his career high of 54 points (30 G,28 A) last season.
Alongside veteran Campbell will be 2013 fourth leading goal scorer Shane Scott and Edmonton Rush practice roster player Mike Burke. Scott led Durham in goals last season with 31 while adding 16 assists for 47 points. This past summer, Burke lead the Brampton Excelsiors of the Major Series Lacrosse in assists with 37 while adding 19 goals for 56 points, good enough for second in Excelsiors scoring.
Rounding out the offense will be nine year National Lacrosse League veteran Kim Squire and University of Western Ontario and Sarnia Beavers Sr. B product Kyle Childerhose. In 2013, Squire tallied 53 points(21 G,32 A) in 13 games with the Niagara Lock Monsters. With the Beavers, Childerhose registered 36 points (12 G,24 A) in 2013 while he tallied a point per game for Tallevi’s Western Mustangs this fall.
Tallevi’s 2013 Entry Draft class was very solid adding Orangeville Northmen product Blair Goss, former Rochester Knighthawk Jimmy Purves and Orangeville Northmen Jordan Dance. Tallevi also stayed loyal to his Mustangs as he drafted Patrick McCrory, Jordi Jones-Smith and Jake Crans, all members of the 2013 UWO squad. Tallevi also traded for Mustang and brother of Patrick, Ryan McCrory and while also signing fellow Mustang and Toronto Beaches Jr. A product Matt Spanger.
A potential impact player for the Cyclops will be Orangeville Northmen product Bradley Kri. The Acton, ON native is a 6’2″, 200 lb shutdown defender with great tenacity and smarts while also great athletic ability and good stick skills to help boost the SouthWest transition game.
In between the pipes for the Cyclops will be former Philadelphia Wing netminder Steve Fryer, 2013 Brampton Inferno starter Jay Preece and Oakville Titans goaltender Craig Wende.
The Cyclops will make their CLax debut on Saturday February 8, when they take on one of the 2014 Creator’s Cup favorites Ohsweken Demons.
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