Former Braves Player Earns Scholarship
Congratulations to Noah LandriaultUpdated Wednesday December 21, 2016 by Huronia Braves.
While other grade 12 student are still weighing their options for next fall, one St. Theresa’s student knows exactly where he’ll be. Noah Landriault, 17, of Midland will be heading to Mars Hill University in North Carolina on a Field Lacrosse scholarship. This is exciting news for the local Huronia Braves alum.
Huronia Braves recently asked Noah a few questions about how this all came to be.
HB: When did you start playing lacrosse?
NL: As a first year Bantam. That’s around age 12 so it’s a bit of a late start compared to most kids. I played almost every day and picked it up quickly.
HB: Where else have you played, besides Midland minor lacrosse?
NL: Last year I was on the Orillia Kings Jr. B squad and had AP’d for them the previous year while I was still a midget. I’ve also played 4 years of CLAX – providing exposure to help me land a spot on the U19 team for Canada East. This was at the International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL) tournament in Six Nations.
HB: Is that where you were scouted?
NL: Yeah, I think that helped. I had scored on the gold medal team so that helped get noticed. Eric Benesch, brother of NLL superstar, Ryan Benesch, also helped to get me in contact with the right people at Mars Hill.
HB: So, where is Mars Hill?
NL: It’s about 2 ½ hours west of Charlotte, NC
HB: And what will you be studying?
NL: I’ve decided on Kinesiology.
HB: Can you explain the difference between box lacrosse that we play here and field? What is different and what is the same?
NL: Box is a quick game with 6 players (5 runners and Goalie), and smaller nets making stick skills very important. Field Lacrosse has 9 runners and a Goalie, on a larger outdoor playing surface (football field/soccer pitch) making stamina and strategy greater assets to the game.
HB: In the meantime, what will you be doing to help out the Braves for the coming season?
NL: I plan to help out with the association any way I can. Helping coach my younger brothers and this winter (Feb-March) I will be running the Midland Parks and Rec “try lacrosse” program to teach the fundamentals to new and returning players.
HB: That’s great Noah! So good to give back by helping the younger kids get started. They will definitely look up to you. Anyone special you would like to mention?
NL: The game of lacrosse is not an individual game, my success was based on the countless hours I spent training from Brandon Sanderson and Mike Kloepfer, as well as my current coaches Jim Meredith and Rob Blasdell. Not to mention, a big thanks to my Dad for always driving me all over Ontario to play where ever I could.
Best wishes to Noah from all of us at the Huronia Braves