Shockwave hope to repeat ALL title in 2020

by Scott Ludwig

St. Catharines Shockwave had a record-setting 2019 season in the Arena Lacrosse League. After an all-time best 13-1 regular season record the Shockwave swept past Whitby and Paris in the playoffs to capture their first ALL Cup. St. Catharines now have their sights set on another ALL first - to repeat as ALL Cup champions.

Season four in the ALL will begin the weekend of December 21-22. Shockwave will open their campaign with an ALL Cup rematch against the RiverWolves. They will do it with the 2019 ALL Coach of the Year behind their bench once again. Ron Henry guided the veteran roster to the championship last season and returns in 2020.

"Being champs and defending, is very hard to do, as you can see with three different teams winning the past three seasons," commented Henry. "But I’m confident are guys’ are up to the challenge."

On the floor the Shockwave will see some new faces in addition to their veteran leadership. Goaltender Chase Martin and defender Brooker Muir were both named to the ALL First Team while Chris Attwood and Bill O'Brien were Second Team all league. Muir is now a member of the New York Riptide who make their NLL debut on December 7. Martin is back with the status of Attwood and O'Brien unknown at date of publish.

Shockwave 2019 ALL Draft results

1 Kyler Kilgour, St. Catharines Athletics Jr. A

2 Blake Dunford, Hamilton Bengals Jr. B

2 Ryan Coulter, Johns Hopkins University

3 Talan Badawey, Tuscarora Tomahawks Sr. B

4 Chaunce Hill, University of Albany

5 Cody Menzies, Roberts Wesleyan College

6 Aiden Buis, NOTL Thunderhawks/Brock University

7 Austin Paddy, St. Catharines Athletics Jr. A

8 Kent Baker-Printup, NOTL Thunderhawks Jr. B

9 Andrew Meyers

10 Foster Cuomo, Quinnipiac University

11 Andrew Fry

12 Mikael Chullen

13 Valentin Brito, Genesee Community College

14 Kenneth Stotlar, Toronto Tigers Sr.

15 Gale Thrope, Ohio State University

Shockwave look to repeat in 2020; draft results including first round selection Kyler Kilgour

— St. Catharines Shockwave (@ShockwaveLax) November 24, 2019

Henry added, "I have Clancy Almas back as my offensive Coach, Caitlin Armstrong as trainer, Dale Henry back as our guy who holds everything together, and a bunch of hard working guys who buy in to what we want to do offensively and defensively. I’m looking forward to preparing my guys for the season and a possible shot at the NLL."