(WINDSOR, ON) – Connor McManus will wear the Maple Leaf this holiday season at the Brogden Cup lacrosse championships in Jacksonville, FL. A talented member of the Windsor Warlocks minor lacrosse and Detroit’s Juiced Cherries programs, McManus dazzled onlookers this summer at the Canadian Under-15 Field Lacrosse Championship and earned a silver medal with Team Ontario as well as All-Canadian honours.
After the national championships, the staff of Team Ontario requested McManus’ presence in Florida.
The Brogden Cup is a premier field lacrosse event in the United States, and is used as a de facto North American championship and a talent gauge for college and prep school scouts and recruiters. Although the Brogden Cup is a long standing event, they just recently added an under-16 division.
McManus will be the first goalie to represent Canada in this new division.
“I am honoured to be representing Canada in the Brogden Cup,” said McManus. “I am excited to play against the American national champions with my Team Ontario team mates. This will be a great experience and wouldn’t be possible without all the support of my lacrosse family and all my coaches.”
In box lacrosse, which he plays in Windsor, he is a talented offensive player who is a threat all over the floor, but in field lacrosse, which his club team is in Detroit, he switches to goalie.
“Connor is a great kid,” explained Warlocks’ midget coach John Rosa in July. “[He is] one of our few kids that lacrosse is his main sport. Connor has always been a gifted offensive player with strong stick skills. He has been able to convert his stick skills from box to a quick stick-moving goalie in field lacrosse. With the two games being quite different, Connor has managed to be dominant in both.”
McManus’ Brogden Cup team will be comprised of players from his national championship contending Ontario club.
“Connor has been a tremendous asset to the team and we were overjoyed when he was named a member of Team Ontario,” said his Juiced Cherries coach Chris Garland. “In addition to playing goalie for the Juiced Cherries, he’s also a skilled attack-man.”
The event is another notch in the belt for the young laxer, who has aspirations of being a student athlete.
“I would like to play lacrosse in college, but I know I have a lot of hard work ahead of me,” he said in July. “I would like to get a scholarship and use lacrosse to get my education.”
The Brogden Cup starts today and runs until December 29 at Jacksonville University.