Boys lacrosse: Four Canby players receive second team all-league honors
Canby boys lacrosse players Brandon Tietz, Garrett Netter, Zach Pilorget and Nate McDonald were voted to the All-Three Rivers League Second Team by league coaches.
Tietz is an example of why statistics don't tell the whole story. While he wasn't a high finisher in any individual statistical category, he often defended opposing team's best player and locked them down. He also provided leadership as a captain.
"Brandon was the anchor of the defense this year. I actually believe he was worthy of a first team spot. Coming out 2-8 out of league makes things difficult getting first team spots but his level of play was on par with any other long stick player in the state. He was a shut down defender," Canby head coach Nick Hund said.
Netter was named the team's most improved player and Hund says the Canby goalie's fundamentals improved exponentially from the beginning to the end of the season. Netter also posted impressive statistics – making 143 saves in 300 shots.
"Garrett surprised a lot of people with his level of play this year," Hund said. "His stats are right up there with any goalie in the league. With a brand new defense and new system, he definitely made a lot of key saves in a lot of key moments to keep us in games this year."
McDonald led the team with 49 goals and also accumulated 17 assists – which was the second most on the team.
"He was voted a team captain because of his leadership presence with the team," Hund said. "He was a go-to point scorer. In games we needed to come out with Ws Nate would come out with the maximum amount of points."
Pilorget finished third on the team with 28 goals and also added 42 ground balls. Hund says opposing teams' best defender often guarded the Canby midfielder.
"He's athletic, strong, has a very fast shot. He was a threat on the field at any time. That's what the other coaches in the league saw," Hund said.