Riggers sniper comes in at #12 in the ILIndoor Top 50 for 2014.
There are plenty of shooters in lacrosse today. And if you wanted to narrow that scope, there are still a lot of shooters with a knack for finishing. Fine-tune that perspective a bit more, and you’ll find a shooter with a knack for finishing who is fueled by a motor so revved up that he doesn’t care what it takes to get his job done. That’s the path we take to find Dane Dobbie, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound left-hander out of Elora, Ont. Dobbie, whether he’s with the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks or the Western Lacrosse Association’s Langley Thunder, can usually be found on the floor after a goal because of the price he’s paid to get into position. He doesn’t seem to care, because the glory of the goal outweighs the pain of the price and it’s his way of doing this that lands him on ILIndoor’s Top 50.
It’s almost enough to make you cringe, because you know Dobbie’s not the biggest horse in the race. Yet there he is, game after game, with reckless abandon to do what needs to be done in the offensive end. And yes, his 72 points (40-43) were third-most for Calgary last winter in just 13 games but what’s often lost in Dobbie’s points is the intangible of the kind of goals he scores.
Dobbie’s work in his end has a tendency to energize a team. It’s not that the goals are fancy and drop your jaw — which isn’t to say he’s not capable of that — it’s just that very often his goals come at important junctures that either spark a roll for the Riggers or stem the opponent’s momentum.
His summer goals do that as well and after 5-plus seasons with Coquitlam, a mid-summer trade took Dobbie’s work ethic to Langley. In the 9 games he played for Coquitlam before the trade, he had already racked up 48 points (22-26). He dropped 14 points (7-7) in 6 regular-season games for the Thunder before carding 14 points (9-5) in 8 playoff games.
Points are Dobbie’s specialty, but they’re not style points. And that doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme because beyond the points, it’s the understanding that Dobbie is a reliable contributor for a team’s offense and he’s one area of the team you know is in good hands.
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