To our Membership,
On behalf of everyone in the Brampton Minor Lacrosse Association, I would like to first hope and wish you and your family is safe and practicing social distancing during this pandemic.
We are receiving many inquiries as to the upcoming season for both field and box and when a decision will be confirmed. The answer is we are taking our direction from The City of Brampton and our governing body, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, They are funneling down directives from both the Federal and Provincial governments and updating us the club as things evolve.
We will be updating our website and social media platforms as updates occur and then will take the necessary steps as things change. Our hope is that we will be able to get on the field and box and play this great sport but only once we are sure everyone will be safe to do so. In the meantime we ask that you follow the direction of our elected governments and follow safe practices, proper social distancing and stay home and help us overcome this together.
If you or your child is interested in our 21 day challenge we encourage you to share video with us on Instagram or twitter to add some fun in this time of isolation and try and find a silver lining in this time of overcoming this crisis.
We can only hope we will back to a normal way of life in the coming weeks and we will have learned to appreciate many things we may have taken for granted and enjoy a more fulfilling life as we move forward into the future.
Stay safe and hoping to see everyone soon!
Jeff Teat is continuing to turn heads while remaining to be the unselfish player that Cornell needs. In this great article from US Lacrosse Magazine you will get a taste of how much of an asset he is to his squad.
Jeff Teat can’t get a break.
On his first drive to the goal, the Cornell senior attackman gets slammed to the turf at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. He endures more slashes, pushes and double teams in one quarter than most players could bear in a season. Even when he does find a sliver of space, his shot clangs off the left pipe.
You wouldn’t notice the struggles based on Teat’s expression. Of all his skills — his vision, his passing — his patience might be the most valuable.
“That’s his personality coming through in his game,” says Brodie Merrill, the director of lacrosse at The Hill Academy in Ontario, where the box lacrosse-bred Teat fine-tuned his field game. “He’s very steady and even keeled. He reminds you a little of Tom Schreiber because he’s not above making the right play and is really surgical in many ways.”
Teat shows off that precision by not showing off. He doesn’t force the offense or press for points. Instead, on this cold Friday afternoon in February, he motions the Big Red to slow down like a quarterback quiets a raucous crowd.
He lets his gravitational pull create room for his teammates.
He occupies all of All-American Koby Smith’s attention, which opens a lane for senior faceoff specialist Paul Rasimowicz’s first goal of the season.
Teat sets a pick for freshman attackman Michael Long, who runs off it to score his first collegiate goal.
“It starts with Jeff,” junior midfielder Jonathan Donville says about a Cornell offense that averaged 18.5 goals through the first four games of the season. “When your best player is so unselfish, it leads to everybody doing it. Guys don’t care where the points come from.”
“WHEN YOUR BEST PLAYER IS SO UNSELFISH, IT LEADS TO EVERYBODY DOING IT. GUYS DON’T CARE WHERE THE POINTS COME FROM.”
Teat’s impact can’t be quantified by the fact he reached 100 career points faster than any other four-year player in NCAA history. He possesses a quality that only the greats have. He makes the players around him better. He led the Hill Academy to an undefeated season and No. 1 ranking in North America his senior year in 2016, when the Pride were featured in Sports Illustrated.
“I just try to play off my teammates,” Teat said back then.
While Teat has since garnered no shortage of accolades, Inside Lacrosse’s No. 1 ranked recruit in his class and the three-time All-American somehow now seems underrated. When IL compiled a list of the best 50 players in the college game before this season, Teat was 29th. It follows a trend of pundits souring on Teat.
“Hahahahahahahahahaha teat at 29th,” Joel Tinney bellowed on Instagram.
Tinney wasn’t laughing at his Canadian national team teammate. He was disagreeing with whoever put together the list for the magazine.
“I was pretty disappointed in that ranking,” Tinney says. “I don’t think Jeff is getting any credit right now, which is ridiculous.”
According to Tinney, the disrespect stems from appearances.
“This guy doesn’t look like an athlete,” he says. “He looks like he might be a skateboarder. With a soaking wet t-shirt on, he’s probably 140 pounds.”
Teat’s size — he’s listed at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds — belies his strength. He has added 10 pounds of muscle since he arrived in Ithaca. His gait, which resembles a shuffle more than a sprint, disguises his quickness.
Merrill remembers when Teat, then a high school sophomore, beat him in a 300-yard shuttle test at The Sports Village in Vaughan, Ontario.
“If you do underestimate him, he’ll make you pay,” Merrill says. “He opened my eyes a bit that day.”
Teat’s numbers for the Brampton Excelsiors are equally eye-opening. He averaged 7.6 points a game in 2018 — his final year playing in the Junior A lacrosse league. Dan Teat, Jeff’s dad, who accrued 670 points in a 14-year National Lacrosse League career, coached him in Junior A and last summer on the Excelsiors’ Senior A team in Major Series Lacrosse.
“I feel like I’ve learned the most from watching him play,” Jeff Teat says.
He also learned from his dad to put his head down and work hard. He watched NLL legend John Tavares crack jokes in the locker room, then be the most focused player on the floor.
“We’re having a lot of fun out there, which makes things easier,” Teat says of this spring with the Big Red. “We make sure to keep it light but still keep that focus.”
Still, the skills lauded in the box game can get overlooked outdoors.
“We really have an appreciation for dodgers, and not necessarily passers and finishers in the Americanized Division I game,” says Andy Towers, coach of the Premier Lacrosse League’s Chaos. “Because of that, Jeff Teat isn’t adequately appreciated.”
Those who have played with Teat understand what makes him such a talent.
“His IQ of the game is Tom Brady-like in the way he thinks about the sport and how many steps he is ahead of the defense,” Tinney says.
Against Towson, for example, Teat dodges underneath from the left wing on one of the Big Red’s first possessions. He feigns the same move in the second quarter, then sprints to the middle and threads an assist through the defense to Long on the backside.
Teat finishes with just two points, adding a goal in Cornell’s 17-10 win. Two days later, he has three goals and four assists in a 21-11 win against High Point to reach 250 points. He’s unaware of the accomplishment until Mark Wittink, Cornell’s director of player development, notifies him after the game.
“The best players don’t worry about their stats,” Towers says.
While projected as a No. 1 overall pick in the NLL draft, Teat was ranked 10th overall on ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterra’s PLL big board. Merrill politely disagrees. He watched Teat grow from the quiet “rink rat” with incredible stick skills hanging around while his dad played at Century Gardens to one of the best players in the world.
Merrill describes playing with Teat at the 2018 world championship in Netanya, Israel, as “surreal.” Teat was Canada’s top scorer despite being the team’s youngest player.
If Andy Copelan needs any advice about Waterdogs’ draft strategy, Merrill knows whom he’d pick.
“I’m hoping I get a chance to play with him in the summer,” Merrill says of Teat, who he says feels like a younger brother. “That would be really special.”
In conjunction with the Ontario Lacrosse Association's request, Brampton Minor Lacrosse will be pausing all in-person lacrosse activities effective immediately until April 6th 2020; this includes tryout sessions, scrimmages, practices, games, etc.).
As a precaution we wish to remind all to practice good hygiene and maintain safe contacts in order to remain in a healthy and safe environment.
Don't put down that stick just yet... stay tuned!
The BMLA Executive
So it is official... the dates for box lacrosse house league play have been released!
We will be hosting our House League nights on Tuesdays starting on April 28th 2020 and ending on June 23rd 2020.
There will be a Tournament of Champions on the June 26th-June 28th weekend that all house league teams will take part in.
Please don't forget to register before March 15th 2020 to take advantage of the early bird special!
Please see our registration portal under the Box Lacrosse tab.
Any questions about registration please email Vanessa.firstname.lastname@example.org
A pair of long time Excelsior teammates face off on March 1st, 2020 as Meghan Rea and her Lindenwood Lions host Emily Chapman and her Tiffin Dragons at Hunter Stadium in St. Charles Missouri.
Meghan Rea is in her 2nd season at Lindenwood University. In her freshman season in 2019 she played in all 19 games, starting 18 of them. While listed as a defender, her diverse skill set saw her playing multiple positions and she tallied 13 goals and 10 assists to finish 8th on the team in scoring and lead her team in shooting percentage. Meghan was also a captain and the 2018 MVP of the U19 Excelsiors and is currently coaching the U19 team.
Emily Chapman is in her freshman year at Tiffin University. Emily is a midfielder and lead the U19 team in scoring in both 2018 and 2019 while serving as a captain in both seasons. Emily also helped lead Heart Lake Secondary school to a pair of OFSSAA championship tournaments. Her sister Sarah Chapman currently plays on our U15 rep team.
Good luck to both ladies in their upcoming seasons and their head to head matchup.
BMLA Graduate and current Brampton Major Excelsior Star Jeff Teat, is getting ready to continue his assault on the record books at Cornell University. Teat was earlier named one of the Captain's of this year's squad.
Check out the Brampton Superstar's impressive stats in the link provided.
This is an important year for Jeff as he is sure to be the consensus #1 pick in the next NLL draft.
We at the BMLA will be watching closely and wish Jeff great success as he wraps up his college career at the Ivy League School.