Get to Know The 2023 Protection Players!

by Jake Richardson

With just one week to go before the 2023 Graduating Junior Draft, hosted by Jake Elliott. Familiarize yourself with each teams territorial protection pick. 

Maple Ridge

DREW ANDRE

A Pitt Meadows native, Drew will remain close to home as the Burrards scoop up some fine local talent in Andre. Drew is currently playing lacrosse at Lewis University in Illinois.  A Midfielder, Drew has amassed 30 goals and 40 assists during the past three seasons. In the BC Junior A League, Drew spent 3 seasons with the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the remainder of his final season with the Langley Thunder.  With 60 Junior A games under his belt, Drew has netted 32 goals and added 59 assists, for a total of 91 points. Drew Andre is also the son of Burrards Governor & GM, Lance Andre.  Welcome to the Burrards Drew!

ISAAC NGYOU

Ngyou had a busy summer, completing his last year of Junior with the Langley Thunder as they made a push to the Minto Cup, falling to the Victoria Shamrocks.  However, this didn’t mean that lacrosse was over for Isaac as he was presented with the opportunity to help the Sr. A Thunder compete for a Mann Cup in Peterborough Ontario in September. Ngyou, a skilled left handed transition player, was also selected in the NLL Entry draft by the Saskatchewan Rush at 40th overall.

Victoria

PATRICK DODDS

A Victoria native, Dodds was an easy selection for the Shamrocks, as he comes into the WLA with Minto Cup experience (2019) and two seasons in NLL under his belt. Patrick had an impressive Junior career with his hometown Shamrocks, amassing 123 goals and 177 assists in 72 games. Dodds was selected 21st overall in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft by the Calgary Roughnecks and would be picked up by The Panther City Lacrosse Club in the 2021 Expansion Draft. As a Rookie of the Year finalist, Dodds had a great rookie season with 26 goals and 58 assists.  With his impressive rookie season, Dodds inked is name in the NLL record book, becoming the ninth rookie in NLL history to surpass 50 assists on his first season.

CASEY WILSON

Wilson, another WLA-ready player is currently in his second year at Denver University as a defensive midfielder. Wilson also represented Team Canada Men’s lacrosse for Team Canada Red in Oshawa, Ontario this fall in preparation for the World Championship. During Caseys time as  Junior Shamrock he played 57 games, scoring  95 goals and adding 77 assists for a total of 172 points throughout his Junior A career.

Nannaimo

JUSTIN GEDDIE

Geddie, played Junior A for the Nanaimo Timbermen and had an impressive last two seasons with the Timbermen, averaging an 84% Save Percentage in his last season. Geddie was selected 32nd overall in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft by the Calgary Roughnecks. Geddie went on to sign a two-year deal with the Albany Fire Wolves.

RYAN SHERIDAN

Sheridan, a Victoria native standing at a towering six foot four, is currently in his fourth year at Hofstra, where he is one of the key attackmen for the Pride. During his last season with the Junior A Timbermen he had an impressive playoff showing, netting 11 goals and 6 assists in just four games. Sheridan brings a towering stature and a wicked shot to the Nanaimo Timbermen.

Burnaby

MATTEO TACK

Tack, a local Burnaby product, was drafted in the 2020 NLL entry draft by the Vancouver Warriors. He was a consistent goaltender for the Burnaby Junior A Lakers, finishing off his Junior A career with 57 regular season games played, averaging an 80% save average. Tack was also selected first overall in the Arena Lacrosse League by the Sea Spray.

NIC DOS SANTOS

Dos Santos looks to help the Lakers in more than just his hustle, Nic had a strong showing at the face-off dot last summer, winning more than half of his draws. Dos Santos finished his Junior A career with 44 games played 8 goals and 22 assists.

New Westminster

NOAH ARMITAGE

Armitage started the 2022 BCJALL Season with his hometown Salmonbellies, but was then traded to the Langley Thunder as they made a run for the Minto Cup. Noah’s summer lacrosse didn’t end there, Armitage joined the Sr. A Thunder for their Mann Cup run in Peterborough, Ontario. The New Westminster native is currently in his third year at Stony Brook as an attackman. During his 9-game run with the Junior A Thunder, Armitage racked up an even 17 goals and 17 assists.

BEN STEWART

Stewart, like his teammate Noah Armitage, was also traded to the Junior A Thunder for their Minto Cup run. Stewart is currently in his final year at Wagner University.  Over his short 10 game stint with Langley, Stewart racked up 12 goals and 13 assists between 2 regular season games and 8 playoff games.

Coquitlam

ADAM NOAKES

Noakes was selected 34th overall in the 2022 NLL Entry Draft by the San Diego Seals. After his stellar performance with the Junior Adanacs, Adam recorded 43 points in 13 games in the 2022 regular season, scoring 26 goals and adding 17 assists. During the playoffs, he amassed 21 points in 8 games and led the league in penalty minutes with 45 minutes.

NICK MUSSO

Musso was selected 51st overall in the 2022 NLL Entry Draft by the defending NLL Champions, Colorado Mammoth. Musso was an integral component to the Coquitlam Junior A Adanacs. Nick appeared in 10 regular season games in 2022, with 2 goals, 2 assists, and 12 penalty minutes.

Langley

MATT ABBOTT

A tenacious defensemen and leader for the Junior A Thunder, Abbott is currently in his final year at Queens University as a Face-Off Specialist.  Abbott played 14 regular season games in 2022, with 5 goals and 4 assists during the regular season, as well as an impressive 61% faceoff win percentage. His playoff performance was just as impressive, with 4 goals and 2 assists in 11 games as well as maintaining the ability to win more than half of his draws. Abbott went on to help the Senior A Thunder in their Mann Cup run in Peterborough Ontario.

KYLE BRUNSCH

The Thunder add another potent offensive player to their line up. Brunsch had a stellar season with the Junior A Thunder, racking up 34 goals and 20 assists in 14 regular season games and 32 goals and 18 assists in 11 playoff games in 2022. Brunsch is currently wrapping up his final season at Canisius as a midfielder. Kyle is the son of former Coquitlam Adanac and CLHOF member, Kevin Brunsch.