Saturday’s Globe and Mail has a nice article on Syracuse University’s Cody Jamieson. He is a Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario.
When his equipment needs mending, he doesn’t call on the team trainers but the 22-year-old calls on his father.
Mr. Jamieson explains that calling on your dad is instinctual when you come from a place where fathers and sons have been playing lacrosse since their ancestors invented the game.
Mr. Jamieson is something of an oddity in this mostly white league. Most players come from places adept at ushering athletes into preppy Ivy League and East Coast universities, where lacrosse is a marquee sport.
Although Six Nations produces some of the top lacrosse players in Ontario, the educational requirements of the National Collegiate Athletic Association mean most players end up at lower-level two-year colleges, or head straight for the pros.
Nevertheless, Mr. Jamieson has cracked Division I as a major and bankable star.
He wears No. 22, the number traditionally reserved for the best Syracuse player.
A senior, he will soon be playing professionally in the National Lacrosse League, where he could be drafted first over all.
Tattooed on his ankle is the A-shaped logo of the Six Nations Arrows, the champion Junior A team that made him a hero in his small community long before college recruiters knew his name.
In the summer and fall of 2008, Mr. Jamieson completed the courses he thought he needed to head to Syracuse University. NCAA officials disagreed and finally in the second to last game of the 2009 regular season, he got to play.
Mr. Jamieson responded by scoring eight goals in the six games – four in the post-season – including an overtime winner in the championship final.