Jordon Sealock’s future looks bright.
The 24-year-old Airdrie native finished his collegiate career last month by earning his degree in business management from Robert Morris University, which is located just outside of Pittsburgh, while also starring on the lacrosse team for four years.
“It was probably the best four years of my life by far,” he said while home in Airdrie briefly last week. “Lacrosse and school were a great lifestyle down there and I enjoyed it to the fullest.”
Sealock, who was a defender and the RMU Colonials’ team captain for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, completed his NCAA athletic career with a host of honours for his personal accomplishments. He set the RMU record for caused turnovers in a game and caused turnovers in a season, while also being named to the All-NorthEast Conference team this season.
“Personally, I had a pretty good year, but I would have sacrificed those accomplishments for a better team result,” Sealock said, adding the team missed a chance to make the NCAA lacrosse tournament by losing its final game to the North Carolina Tar Heels by two goals.
“We went 10W-5L, and in the preseason, we actually tied Duke, who went on to win the national championship,” he said. “That was a big one for us. We also beat Penn State and Ohio State, a couple of really big teams, and we were ranked in the top 20 for a month.”
Sealock was recruited by the university following his junior career in Calgary, where he was a member of the 2005 Junior A provincial champion Calgary Raiders. He was then drafted by the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks in 2006, but elected to go to school first.
He said the NCAA game also differed greatly from what he grew up with.
“It is definitely not box lacrosse. It’s more coordinated, the game runs more and you have to control the ball,” he said. “But it wasn’t really much of a choice for me. Having your school paid for while being able to play lacrosse was a bonus.”
During his freshman season at RMU, in 2007, he played in 12 games for the Colonials. In 2008, he played in all 15 games, started four, and scored his first NCAA goal. By his junior year in 2009, Sealock started 13 of the team’s 16 games and led them with 14 caused turnovers.
His focus will remain on lacrosse for the summer, as he has decided to join the Nanaimo Timbermen in the well-respected B.C. Junior A lacrosse league for the remainder of its season. Sealock is also planning to tryout for the Roughnecks next year.
If that doesn’t work out, he said he has already received some job offers to coach NCAA Division Two level lacrosse next season.