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Tuesday, May. 21, 2019
Simeoni among scoring leaders with Mustangs
by Randy Pascal

Suffice to say that Sudbury lacrosse talent Tristan Simeoni has made his mark with the Western Mustangs.

Now in his sophomore season with the CUFLA (Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association) powerhouse, Simeoni has shown exponential development in just two years of play.

The 19 year old graduate of Lockerby Composite has followed up a rookie campaign in which he recorded three goals and two assists in ten games with a leap forward among the top scorers on his team. With just a single regular season game remaining, Simeoni had potted 15 goals and 12 assists in 11 outings, good for third place on a team which boasts an impressive record of nine wins and two losses.

Safe to say that this path was not what either he or his parents envisioned when he first picked up the ball and stick as a member of the Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association. “John Grant Sr, who got me started in box lacrosse, kind of transitioned me over to field lacrosse,” noted Simeoni late this summer, preparing for his second training camp at Western. “He helped me get my feet wet there.”

Along with his younger brother Julian, and local Felix Coté, the Northern Ontario trio would find their way over to Evolve Elite Lacrosse and co-founder and professional lacrosse alumnus Tracey Kelusky. “They started me off in midfield, running both ends of the field,” recalled Simeoni. “The last few games with Evolve during the summer, they threw me on attack, just to see how it goes. I ended up doing pretty well, so Tracey decided to keep me there.”

The fit carried directly over to his introduction to post-secondary lacrosse. “When I tried out for Western, I decided to try out on attack, because I thought I was a little better at it,” said Simeoni. “I could use my skills more effectively at that position. I think attack is a little more of a box (lacrosse) mentality. I’m just more comfortable in that position because I’ve played box my whole life.”

Where some parts of Ontario maintain active high school field lacrosse leagues, the concept has not gained traction north of Barrie. With only two years of summer field lacrosse experience, Simeoni would have to rely largely on the skill-set that he had honed as a member of the Sudbury Rockhound competitive teams.

“Probably the biggest difference in going from attack in box to attack in field lacrosse is just the fact that you have so much more room,” he said. “You have to move your feet non-stop.” Still, even as recently as this past summer, Simeoni felt little drawback to spending his off-season calendar toiling indoors as a member of the Barrie Lakeshores Jr A Lacrosse Club.

“As long as you have a stick in your hand and you’re out there playing, it’s pretty much the same,” stated Simeoni. “Not playing field in the summer was not that much of a disadvantage. I definitely needed to get a little stronger – those boys are big.”

“I usually try and stick to my strength, which is my speed, so I try and run around them rather than try and go through them.” And judging from his stats this fall, Tristan Simeoni has been running around defenders all over Ontario, still in only his second year in the league.

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