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Field of dreams realized

Brennan Stothers battles for the ball with the Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks. - Kasey Eriksen
Brennan Stothers battles for the ball with the Victoria Intermediate A Shamrocks.
— image credit: Kasey Eriksen

Brennan Stothers is the ultimate lacrosse player.

He’s given his all to the sport in field and box lacrosse for many years and it’s paid off with a scholarship to Ohio Valley University in West Virginia in 2013.

The Shawnigan Lake resident is a Grade 12 student at Claremont Secondary School and part of the Claremont Sports Institute.

“I’ve been going there since Grade 10,’’ Stothers said. “I found out you could get scholarships just for lacrosse.

“Lacrosse is actually our P.E. block during the day. It’s not just lacrosse, though.’’

The scholarship in the field variety of the game is just the icing on the cake for all of Stothers’ hard work.

“At one time, I had six official visit offers to different schools around the states,’’ he said.

“During the summertime, I had a lot of communication with a lot of different schools.’’

Stothers visited Ohio Valley first and then one other school before making his decision.

“I just found Ohio Valley, it just comforted me a lot more,’’ said Stothers.

With 538 students, it’s quite a small school and the presence of good friend Chris Kasper of Victoria, who’s been there for a year, pretty well sealed the deal.

“When I went down on my visit, it was cool to see him there,’’ said Stothers.

Field lacrosse began for him with the Mid-Island Association on the U12 Lightning and “I’ve been playing box lacrosse for too many years to count,’’ he said.

“My cousins have done really well in lacrosse, too.’’

But above all, “I think education is the best thing,’’ Stothers said.

“Lacrosse is in my blood. It’s a passion I’ve had since I was a baby. But I’m more concerned with having my education being my plan A.’’

Stothers’ good hands and scoring ability at the attack position made him a prime catch.

He took a bit of a break from field lacrosse this season to focus on his schooling. The team also went on a hiatus anyway.

“Unfortunately, this year for Mid-Island, we didn’t have enough players to put out a U19 team,’’ said Stothers.

He was also striving to wear the green and white of the Shamrocks since he was five years old and it finally happened in the spring when he made the Intermediate A box lacrosse team. That was a big moment for him and his family.

On top of everything else, Stothers has been a willing volunteer, helping to referee and coach his brother’s U12 team.

“It’s just cool watching my brother grow up and to see how good he is now,’’ said Stothers.

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