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Goodwin, Harding Drafted by NLL's Saskatchewan Rush

Goodwin, Harding Drafted by NLL's Saskatchewan Rush

TORNOTO-- Former Lake Erie College men's lacrosse standouts Justin Goodwin and Reagan Harding were drafted by the Saskatchewan Rush of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) in the league's annual first-year player draft Monday night (Sept. 29).

Goodwin was selected in the third round, 30th overall while Harding was selected 47th overall in the fifth round.

"The program is so proud and uncontrollably excited for these two young men," said Storm Head Coach Steve Gartelman.  "They have done so much for Lake Erie College and the men's lacrosse program and we cannot wait to see what they can and will do in the NLL and in their lives."  

Goodwin was a three-time All-American for the Storm.  This past year, Goodwin had his best season to date.  He was named United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Division-II Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year, Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Defensive Player of the Year, a USILA First-Team All-American and a USILA Scholar All-American. During the 2014 season, Goodwin collected 105 groundballs and caused 53 turnovers.  In addition to his defensive prowess, Goodwin scored four goals and assisted on three. 

For his career, Goodwin played in 63 games, starting in all but two.  He collected 380 groundballs and caused 127 turnovers.  Offensively, the long pole scored nine goals and assisted on 11.

"Justin is the model student-athlete," said Gartelman.  "He has carried a 3.8 GPA in Pre-Med and performed at the highest of levels on the lacrosse field.  Not to mention, you cannot find a single person who does not like Justin Goodwin on LEC's campus.  A truly great individual who also has taught the younger guys what it takes to be a truly special person and lacrosse player."

Harding, a Saskatchewan native, was also a three-time All-American for the Storm.  This past season, Harding earned his second ECAC Offensive Player of the Year honor and a USILA First-Team All-American selection. Harding finished the year with 54 points on 44 goals and 10 assists.  He also had 32 groundballs and went 55-of-94 (58.5%) on face-offs.  Harding scored three or more goals in eight games this year and had three games with five goals. 

For his career, Harding played in 64 games, making 54 starts at midfield.  He tallied 136 goals and 43 assists.  He also collected 101 groundballs and won 130-of-235 (55.4%) of faceoffs taken.

"Reagan also was a great example of a true and complete leader for our program," commented Gartelman.  "He demands the best out of everyone but in a friendly way that people appreciate. Nobody can question his effort on a daily basis and his desire to become great while helping others grow along the way is honestly impressive.  Reagan's personality is contagious both in the spirit of hard work and also respecting the game.  He is an outstanding lacrosse player and an even better person."

Goodwin and Harding join other men's lacrosse alumni competing at the next level.  2013 graduate Keegan Bal was recently signed to the Vancouver Stealth of the NLL while classmate Josh Becker played for the Iroquois National Indoor Lacrosse Team.

"The mark that Justin and Reagan have left on this program will never be matched, just as Keegan Bal, Josh Becker and the rest of the 2014 senior class had to do with our rapid rise to the national rankings," concluded Gartelman.  "Goodwin and Harding were every bit as important during their four years."

The Saskatchewan Rush was formally known as the Edmonton Rush, having relocated this past offseason.  In June of 2015, the Rush won the Champion's Cup, the championship of the NLL.