NLL Report: San Diego is climbing

In the national zone of lacrosse, currently the Toronto Rock is leading in the Eastern Division, while the Saskatchewan Rush leads in the West.

Helping the Rock climb and maintain their reign is Johnny Powless, who rests at the sixth spot on the scoring leaders board serving as a forward. While helping on transition, Jeremy Thompson is known for his loose ball scoops and face-offs for the Rush.

Players from Six Nations continue to be circulated into the national sphere, but one in particular has made some waves.

Hot on the tails of Rush are the new San Diego Seals, who boasted the signing of first overall pick Austin Staats, who in his NLL debut back in December finished the game with five goals and four assists. As a rookie, Staats sits right behind forward Lyle Thompson with fourth place Georgia Swarm for the number 1 spot, both with 18 goals so far.

At the start of the month, San Diego rested in third but has since climbed to second. Staats was also commended online for doing a low underhanded flick from the crease; while being double teamed in the match up versus the Calgary Roughnecks, he slipped the ball passed goalie Christian Del Bianco’s foot to even up the field — tying the game 2-2.

The net size for Jr. A is recorded to be 4 foot 6 inches by 4 foot, while NLL nets are recorded to be 4 foot 9 inches x 4 foot. As a former Junior ‘A’ star, it seems as though those extra inches have given Staats ample room to take advantage of.

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