The GSLA (Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association) Peewee Rock may have just found themselves a goalie.
Despite picking up the sport for the first time this spring, ten year old Cowen Lachance is clearly enamoured with the position that he tackled for the first time recently, helping to lead his team to a 5-2 win over the GSLA Peewee Stealth.
Nolan Schiewek scored twice, Keegan Adair, Darren Joiner and Mathieu Bourassa added one goal apiece, but it was Lachance who proved to be something of a revelation.
"I didn't know much about the rules, the whole crease thing is confusing," confessed the grade five student at St James Catholic Elementary School, shortly after the completion of the outing.
"I have to be aware that, as goalie, I have space, so no one will be screening me that badly. I decided I would try it, because we don't really have a permanent goalie, so we've been doing rotations to find out who is going to be our permanent goalie."
Despite some initial trepidation, Lachance emerged pretty much unscathed. "I thought it would be a lot scarier when you see a ball flying at your face," he said. "A couple of times, it hit me right here (pointing towards his chin), so my neck guard kept falling off."
"My coaches told me to be sure to step out of my net, a little bit, to break down the angles." He did it so effectively that only Dan Crossthwaite, on a pretty pass from Drake Taylor, and Félix Chartrand, managed to sneak balls past him.
"Sometimes I play goalie in road hockey, in my driveway," conceded Lachance. "This looks a little different. It feels like you could hear voices a lot around you."
Of course, it just might be that quiet little voice on his shoulder, whispering to him that between the pipes is the place to be, at least for the rest of the 2019 campaign.