Checking in with the Roughnecks playing in the summer lacrosse leagues across Canada.
As the lacrosse summer leagues gear up for the playoff and an eventual run for the Mann Cup, CalgaryRoughnecks.com will check in with all of our players across Canada over the next few days. Today, we start off with our favourite superhero.
When we last saw Dickson with the Calgary Roughnecks, he put the entire team on his back, refused to lose and played one of the best 20 minutes in NLL history. His seven goals in the half should go down in lacrosse lore.
He had a two-week break after the season ending loss to the Washington Stealth, but the Roughnecks superstar hasn’t missed a beat playing in the Western Lacrosse Association.
Lining up with the Maple Ridge Burrards, Dickson has been an absolute beast in the BC summer league. He's clinched the scoring title with a slash line of 58 goals, 45 assists and 103 points. To put those numbers into perspective, he’s 16 points up on the second place player, former Roughneck Cory Conway.
He’s been so hot, he’s even had a parody account about his sick skills called @DicksonsEgo.
My personal favourite tweet:
It’s fair to say that Evans burst through the glass ceiling to join the NLL elite this season with the Roughnecks, posting 112 points to earn his first NLL MVP trophy.
Back with the familiar Peterborough Lakers for the summer, he’s been scoring at almost the same clip.
His 99 points were second in the league behind Shawn Williams (Buffalo Bandits) with Evans playing two less games. His Lakers are locked into a playoff spot in the Major Series Lacrosse, with an opening matchup against Brooklin starting on later this week.
As the only other Roughneck in the Ontario summer league, Poulin experienced a trade right before the start of the season that sent the netminder back to his hometown team, the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks.
Back with the Kodiaks for the first time in since 2011, Poulin was named the starting goaltender, amassing a record of 6-6-1 with an 8.79 GAA and 0.735 S%. He’s added 15 assists to help his own cause.
The Kodiaks are heading back to the postseason in fourth spot with a date against the Six Nations Chiefs later this week.
The Roughnecks 2011 NLL first round draft pick saved his best for last. His Coquitlam Adanacs had already clinched a playoff berth in the WLA, and were facing Burnaby Lakers in a game on Saturday night.
No playoff implications were on the line, but momentum as they headed into the playoffs was key.
Not only did Cornwall snipe four goals, one of them was the game winner as the Adanacs downed the Lakers 13-12.
On the season, he scored nine goals, added eight assists for 17 points in 16 games. His Adanacs open up against the Langley Thunder on Thursday night.
Joined by teammate Travis Cornwall, the Coquitlam Adanacs were stuck in a touch place. Earlier this season, they traded away their top scorer (Dane Dobbie) and top goalie (Nick Rose) in a move that appeared they were looking forward to next year.
Instead, the Adanacs won five straight games down the stretch to clinch fourth spot in the seven-team league.
Veltman, for his part, became one of the catalysts on the offensive end. During a five-game stretch late in the season, the lefty contributed 21 points. Over the course of the season, he sniped 13 goals, 28 assists for 41 points in 12 games.