Mud Dawgs Playing Collegiate Lax
The Mission Minor Lacrosse Association has had many talented players come through the ranks since lacrosse began being played years ago.
In the last decade or so, the NCAA has taken more of an interest in players north of the 49th parallel, and that has taken some prestigious schools to our city and our players. That interest has slowly started to bear fruit, as a number of lacrosse players have or will soon take the field and take on some of the best of the best from the U.S.
We already have talent playing south of the border in players such as Dawson Chalifoux, who is in her freshman season at California’s Fresno State University. She will soon be joined in the Division 1 ranks by Shonly Wallace, who recently signed her letter of intent to attend Stony Brook University in New York, another hotbed of women’s lacrosse.
Shonly is a staple at field and box lacrosse practices for any age or skill level in Mission. The dedication towards her craft hasn’t gone unnoticed, and now she’s sharing her knowledge, particularly with our first-ever girls field team. She will be missed while she’s at school, but we can’t wait to watch her thrive in her new surroundings.
The riches hasn’t ended there for Mission players, as two more players have since committed to playing lacrosse at post secondary institutions in the Deep South.
Garret Winter has signed for Div. 2 powerhouse Limestone College Saints, who are based out of Gaffney, South Carolina. Winter has been a standout player with both his box and field lacrosse clubs, and was one of the leading scorers on the Maple Ridge Burrards in the BC Intermediate Lacrosse League this past summer.
He’s a shifty player who can chip in as a midfielder and an attacker, and plays with a style that could make him a fan favourite everywhere he goes. Look for him to be apart of the Port Coquitlam Saints BCJALL club this year as B.C. moves to a five-year junior program.
Fresh off a successful summer with the New Westminster Salmonbellies Intermediate team and other lacrosse-related endeavours, Ethan Symons is headed to St. Louis to join his brother Brendan at Maryville. Ethan is being rewarded for his extreme work ethic which has always rubbed off on his teammates. That will pay off when he heads down to school. Brenden is one of the first Mud Dawgs to play at the collegiate level.
Ethan can play a number of roles and is willing to do anything in order to help his team win.
Tej Grewal is also having a strong season as the starting goalie for the SFU Clan in the MCLA. He will be between the pipes when the Clan open their season on Feb. 16 against California’s Santa Clara University.
With our players continuing to develop and build on their individual and team skills, you can be sure there are many more Mission players headed to university or college to play high-level lacrosse to come.