6/15/11 1:00 AM
By Craig Rybczynski (June 15, 2011)
The Hamilton Nationals acquired four players from the Major League Lacrosse Player Pool, including Oakville native and RIT product Jordan MacIntosh. The Nationals placed the midfielder from Division III RIT on the practice squad.
“He is well-rounded and can also play defense, transition and face off,” said RIT Head Coach Jake Coon. “He is a fantastic guy, a hard worker and does what you ask of him.”
MacIntosh was named a Second Team All-American for the 19-1 RIT Tigers. He repeated as an All-American after earning honorable mention status in 2010. A two-time All-Empire 8 First Team selection and the 2010 Empire 8 Co-Player of the Year, MacIntosh led the Tigers in scoring this season with 75 points (43+32). Despite his success, he was shocked when he received the call from Hamilton General Manager Jody Gage.
“It was a big surprise to me. I watched some Nationals games the past couple of years,” said MacIntosh. “I just hope I can bring something to the lineup.”
This season, he showed his versatility by finishing second on the team with 93 ground balls and winning 103-of-200 faceoffs. The 75 points in 2011 is 10th all-time at RIT for points in a season. He finished his career at RIT 25th on the all-time scoring list with 128 points (78+49).
“Getting to play there for two years was an awesome experience,” said MacIntosh. “Losing the last game stung, but going 19-1 and reaching the Final Four was amazing. It was something I was happy to be a part.”
Prior to coming to Rochester, he played two seasons at Gordon College and scored 47 goals and added 25 assists for 72 points in 24 games. He earned All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Honorable Mention honors in 2009. MacIntosh was second on the team in scoring in 2008 and 2009. He was an instant contributor once he got to RIT.
“He is a great shooter and is a pretty dynamic carrier. He can get to the goal in crafty ways and is not your typical north-south dodger,” said Coon. “He frees his hands up to get the shot off.”
In the summer, he plays box lacrosse for the Ajax-Pickering Rock of Major Series Lacrosse. The first-round MSL draft selection has 10 goals and six assists in five games with the Rock in 2011. He played his Junior “A” ball with the Burlington Chiefs and was a past Team MVP.
The Nationals (1-2) will host the Denver Outlaws (3-1) at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18th at McMaster University’s Ron Joyce Stadium. The game will be shown live on ESPN3.com.