When it comes to leagues like CLax and NALL we hear a lot of the same names; Wayne Van Every, Dan Deckelbaum, Mike Stone. Most of those guys have played at the higghest levels before.
Then we hear about the prospects in lacrosse like Jeremy Noble and Ethan O’Connor and it goes on and one. However, there are some players out there in the pro ranks that don’t get nearly the same attention as their counterparts. Below are ten players you might not have heard of who could make an impact.
Jake Davis, Kentucky Stickhorses
Davis played with Kentucky in the NALL, Reading in the PLL and the Newtown Golden Eagles in the CanAm Sr B league. He was one of the only players with Kentucky who was able to play a strong defensive game at the boxla level.
Patrick Crosby, Kentucky Stickhorses
Crosby was the starting goaltender for Kentucky in 2012 and played in four games in the 2013 season, including starting in the NALL Championship game. Crosby has shown good ability to play in a league that isn’t full of defensive ability, and he also saw playing time in Sr B with the Vermont Voyageurs and the Rochester Greywolves.
Marty Bowes, Boston Rockhoppers
Bowes had a great season with the Rockhoppers that might have gone unnoticed. Mike Stone and Andrew Kirkaldy were the big guns but Bowes would put up two or three goals a game still. He used to play for the Hartford Hawks and has had small stints with the Boston Cannons in the MLL. He might make some appearances in the pro game in the near future.
Andrew Wasik, Baltimore Bombers
Wasik was arguably the MVP of the NALL in 2013 where he put up stunning numbers for the Bombers. When people looked at the Baltimore roster, people projected them to be a terrific team because of their former NLLers. So, where did Wasik come from? He played in nine games with the Philadelphia Barrage of MLL in 2005 but hasn’t played at the pro level since he joined the Bombers this season. He went to Peace College and is the Division Two all time leading scorer. He played in six career NLL games, his last one with the Philadelphia Wings in 2005.
Dan Williams, Niagara Lock Monsters
Williams has 40 points with the Lock Monsters this season but has been overlooked. He played with the Jr A St. Catharines Athletics for four seasons and was fourth in Jr A scoring in 2008 with 75 points.
Shane Scott, Durham TurfDogs
Scott is second on the TurfDogs with 47 points on the season, behind just Nic Grasby. Last season he put up just nine points in four games, and he put up 70 points with Halton Hills Jr B in 2010. Last season he played with the Brampton Excelsiors MSL team for one game and picked up one assist.
Caleb Wiles, Barrie Blizzard
Wiles leads the Barrie Blizzard with 56 points in his first season playing in the Canadian Lacrosse League. The younger brother of NLL star Luke Wiles, Caleb put up 84 points with the junior team Barrie Lakeshores while he also had 18 goals in his first MSL season with the Brooklin Redmen.
Grant Crowley, Niagara Lock Monsters
Crawley has played in the NLL with 16 games yet just 29 minutes with Rochester in 2006. He has not seen the NLL since 2008, when he played in four minutes. This season with Niagara, his goals against average is 13.31 playing just a few minutes behind starter Connor Danko.
Joe Evans, Rhode Island Kingfish
Evans has been the backup goalie with Vermont the past few seasons and got his chance to shine in 2013 with the Rhode Island Kingfish. Rhode Island lost all four of their games but a trend speaking with players from both teams after each of their contests was the praise to Evans. He kept them in games and showed a strong ability to become a backbone of a team.