(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor Clippers’ rookie phenom Jake Rosa is taking his lacrosse game to the national stage. This September, Rosa will travel to Saskatoon to compete with Team Ontario in the Canadian Field Lacrosse Championship.
“Being chosen to represent Ontario playing the game I love is a true honour,” said Rosa. “The tryouts were very fast paced and filled with a lot of skill.”
The 17 year-old St Thomas of Villanova high school student is also a proficient hockey player, playing at the AAA level with the Windsor Jr Spitfires. The Clippers’ rookie of the year had an outstanding Junior B season, ripping 20 goals and 67 points in 18 games with the Black and Gold. His playoff numbers were impressive as well, notching 12 points in five games.
“Jake is a player we knew would help us offensively right away,” said Clippers’ head coach Jerry Kavanaugh. “[You don’t] realize how good he is in other areas until you see him play every day. His biggest strengths are his lacrosse IQ and his versatility. I would put him in the same category as Logan Holmes and Patrick Kaschalk, where they can play anywhere on the floor and excel there.”
Rosa is a draft pick of the Six Nations Arrows Junior A team and played his first game with them this summer, picking up two assists in the process. Due to the versatility of his play, he is currently slated as a defensive midfielder with Team Ontario, but has been spending a lot of time on the man-advantage special team and in various offensive positions in the lead up to the tourney.
His club team in field lacrosse is the Juiced Cherries, a travel team from Detroit, but he started his field career with the now-defunct Warlocks field program.
“Jake is an incredible finisher and a creative field lacrosse player,” said Juiced Cherries’ coach Chris Garland. “He played exceptionally well in the Baltimore Summer Kickoff and the Inside Lacrosse Invitational, two highly regarded events among club programs in the States. Jake has a bright future in the game and he’s a very coachable young man. There is no doubt that he’ll continue his playing career at the Division I level.”
Jake played up through the Warlocks minor lacrosse system, cutting his teeth on Windsor-style ball.
“The Warlocks really made me the player I am today,” said he. “I made so many great relationships through playing for the Warlocks.”
He and Windsor Warlocks’ midget Connor McManus, who also plays for the Cherries, are the first two Warlocks players/alum to make Team Ontario in the field variant of the sport.
“Both boys have exhibited toughness, skilled finishing, and a sense of the game we don’t normally see from field players,” stated Garland. “Their box game has translated well to the field and we hope to see more boys from Ontario try out for our program.”
Jake wants to take his game to the next level. He is interested in NCAA D-I ball while he also hopes to one day follow in [John Rosa] his father’s footsteps and go pro in the National Lacrosse League.
“[My] role model is my father,” said Jake. “I try to model my game after him. When I play lacrosse, it’s like I have no worries about anything else in life. All I can think about is playing the game,” said Jake. “For kids just getting started, the only advice I have is to always have your stick in your hands. If you want to be the best you have to be willing to work harder than the person next to you.”
The Canadian U18 field lacrosse championship tournament will take place September 1 through 3 in Saskatoon, SK.
For more information on the Windsor Warlocks lacrosse club and its programs, visit their official website. Click here for the Windsor Clippers Junior B lacrosse team and for the Juiced Cherries lacrosse club.