(WINDSOR, ON) – Last night, Windsor Clippers captain and Ontario Junior B lacrosse leading scorer, Andrew Garant experienced some deja-vu. After watching long-time teammate Logan Holmes shatter the all-time scoring mark held by the Toronto Rock’s Brett Hickey and presented the game ball by team president Mike Soulliere last season, many Clippers fans and insiders predicted that Garant would be standing in the same spot this season.
After watching Holmes, a prospect for the Buffalo Bandits, rise to the top last summer, Garant did indeed rise to the occasion this season and left his mark in Clippers history.
In the midst of a 20-7 shellacking of the Wallaceburg Red Devils Tuesday night, halfway through an eight-point night himself, Garant assisted on a Chase Kavanaugh blast past Red Devils’ goalie Emily Van Damme, 11:28 into the second period, to reach the pinnacle; point 494.
“It means a lot to be up in company with Logan Holmes and Brett Hickey,” said Garant. “Those are guys that I looked up to. I always watched Brett Hickey play when I was younger and playing with Logan for so long and seeing the work that he’s done, it’s an honour to be up there with those guys and they worked their [butts] off and it’s truly an honour. I’m proud of myself, but I can’t do any of it without my teammates. It’s been a group effort for everyone for the last five years.”
Holmes, himself, is happy for Garant and his accomplishment.
“It’s been a treat to watch and play with the best player in Windsor Clippers history,” said Holmes, who dropped by the dressing room after the game to see his former teammate.
“You look at the Pointstreak stats and they just increase every year we’ve given [Andrew] more responsibility,” said Clippers head coach Jerry Kavanaugh. “He started off as more of a transition guy, playing defence, pushing the ball, now he’s obviously the centrepiece of our offence. Playing with Logan, last year, he became, much like Logan did the year before playing with [Trevor] Learn and [Brendon] Anger, he just stepped, … he’s been fantastic for us for the last three or four years.”
After five years with the Clippers, time has flown by for captain Garant.
“It goes by real quick,” he said. “I was lucky enough to score in my very first game, in this building, and it goes by quick. I tell these young guys, ‘Just enjoy it. Just keep working hard and anything can happen for sure.’”
What are Garant’s thoughts on a possible scoring title? “If it comes, it comes,” he said.
The Clippers season is not over.
Thursday night they host the Point Edward Pacers in a must-win game at 8:00pm at Forest Glade Arena with first place in the Far West Division is on the line.
On Sunday, The Clippers wrap up the regular season with a Fathers’ Day road game against the London Blue Devils.