Thursday, February 17, 2011

Redmen hope draft picks play in Brooklin this summer

The Brooklin Redmen just got a whole lot better, on paper at least, following Sunday's Major Series Lacrosse draft.
Unfortunately, that hasn't always translated to marked improvements on the floor, as the team has had difficulty the past few years luring the players they own to play here.
Wayne Colley, the team's head coach and general manager, was nevertheless pleased with the junior graduates he was able to scoop up Sunday, led by Ontario scoring leader Kiel Matisz with the first overall pick.
Colley contacted Matisz both before and after the draft, and has been assured by the six-foot-five Stoney Creek resident that he would indeed be reporting to the team.
"I talked to him right after the draft and he's pumped to be here," said Colley. "He's excited that he's going to be coming to Brooklin to play. That tells you a lot about him."
Matisz, who plays field lacrosse with current Redmen players Kyle Buchanan and Kevin Brownell at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania, was named the OLA Junior A most valuable player after leading the league with 59-49-108 scoring stats in 22 games for Burlington last season.
Thanks to a number of trades the past few years, Colley had five of the first eight picks in the draft, including the second overall choice, which he spent on Adam Jones.
Jones is from Owen Sound and played only in the playoffs for the Orangeville Northmen last season, where he piled up 37-33-70 stats in 18 games, including a tournament-best 26 points in the Minto Cup tournament.
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