Reid Bowering won’t have to travel far to start his professional lacrosse career.
The Coquitlam Junior Adanacs’ defender was selected by the Vancouver Warriors second overall in Thursday’s National Lacrosse League draft.
The Warriors traded up from its third position, swapping places with the Rochester Nighthawks, to ensure general manager Dan Richardson could get his man.
“Reid is a generational talent on defence and is one of those hybrid players that can excel at both ends of the floor,” he said. “We are excited to draft Reid.”
Bowering was the BC Junior A Lacrosse League’s defensive player of the year in 2019. He also pitched in with six goals in six games.
The league’s schedule was cancelled this past spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bowering, a grad of Archbishop Carney regional secondary school in Port Coquitlam, is completing his senior season at Drexel University where he plays attack for the Dragons field lacrosse team. Its schedule was cancelled six games into last season because of the public health crisis, and players were granted an extra year of collegiate eligibility.
Bowering scored 20 goals in the truncated season, as well as added three assists, and he carries a 32-game point-scoring streak into the upcoming campaigns
Other locals selected in the draft include:
- Ethan Ticehurst, a transition player with the Jr. Adanacs was selected by the Calgary Roughnecks as the fourth pick in the second round.
- Jalen Chaster, also a transition player with the Jr. Adanacs, 32nd overall by the Colorado Mammoth.
- Dylan Foulds, a forward with the PoCo Saints, 35th overall by the Philadelphia Wings.
- Rhys Black, a defender with the Saints, first in the third round by the Roughnecks.
- Clark Walter, a Saints’ forward, 43rd overall by the Saskatchewan Rush.
- Nate Facin, Adanacs’ goaltender, 58th overall by the Mammoth.
The NLL has yet to announce its plan to resume play for the 2020/’21 season after the league was forced to cancel the final three weeks of its 2019/’20 season as well as its playoffs last spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic.