An injury limited Curtis Dickson to just 2 games in 2012 for the Western Lacrosse Association’s Maple Ridge Burrards, where he still managed an impressive 13 points on 8 goals and 5 assists. The obvious question, then, is what can he do in a full season? How does 103 points (58-45) in 17 games sound? The 6-foot-2, 205-pound right-hander out of Port Coquitlam was pure dominance in 2013, winning the WLA’s 2013 points title by 16 points. That was on the heels of a career-best 42 goals for the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks and both totals are clear indicators as to why he’s called Superman. They’re also clear reasons as to why he’s on ILIndoor’s Top 50 list and considering he’s just 25 years old, is there any reason to think he won’t be at the top of this list anytime soon?
The highlights are plenty for Dickson. He’s got the body and the athleticism to get into shooting position, whether his feet are on the ground or not. Got some space on his side? He’ll take it. No space to shoot? That’s fine, he’ll create his own.
We’ve seen it, time after time, where Dickson will leave his feet to dive the crease and even then, if the angle’s not there, he’s quick to create one with a shot from behind his head. To see Dickson play the game is to see a marvelously talented athlete who makes split-second decisions that makes defenders pay.
The 58 goals he scored for Maple Ridge are 16 better than the No. 2 scorer in the WLA, and the 42 goals for Calgary were enough to lead the team and fall just 4 short of most in the NLL. So clearly, Dickson is establishing himself as one of those rare breeds in lacrosse: a pure goal-scorer.
And the treat for fans and teammates is that not only do we get to see someone score goals, we get to see someone score goals with flair. Further, he’s proving himself clutch. Not only did he score a goal in all 16 regular-season games for Calgary last winter, but he scored at least 2 in every game but 1. And in the West Division final against the Stealth in May, he was nearly unstoppable in scoring 7 goals — all of them in the second half. The shame of it was that Calgary lost that game.
So yes, lacrosse remains a team game and Dickson is committed to that. But when it comes to wow factor in scoring individual goals, Dickson just may be the king of the hill in that category.
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