A talented Airdrie lacrosse player has his sights set on a move to Quebec next year to pursue his university athletics career.
Sean Kriwokon, a graduate of St. Martin de Porres High School, is planning to attend McGill University in the fall of 2021 to join the Montreal school's field lacrosse team.
“I sent them an email and they’re interested,” the 18-year-old said. “It’s not 100 per cent for sure going to happen but that’s what it’s looking like.”
An avid lacrosse player for most of his life, Kriwokon said he has played the sport since he was six years old.
“I just like the competition and that I’m able to be physical,” he said, adding he also played hockey when he was younger.
If not for the COVID-19 pandemic, Kriwokon would be lining up as a defenseman for the Okotoks Raiders junior A box lacrosse team this summer. The Raiders, who compete in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League, are one of just four teams in Alberta that play in the junior A division – the highest level of box lacrosse for U21 players in Western Canada.
Unfortunately, the 2020 box lacrosse season was cancelled due to the pandemic.
“There’s a chance we’re going to get a year of eligibility back, but if that doesn’t happen, I’ll have three more years left," he said.
“I’m looking forward to getting back onto the field. I haven’t played lacrosse in a long time, due to COVID, and I’m just looking forward to competition again.”
A multi-sport athlete, Kriwokon also suited up for the St. Martin de Porres Kodiaks volleyball and basketball teams while he was in high school. In grade 11, Kriwokon helped the Kodiaks volleyball team make it to the Calgary Senior High School Athletic Association Division 2 championship game and the ensuing 3A provincial championships.
With the possible move to Montreal next year, Kriwokon said he’s excited about the prospect of playing for the McGill field lacrosse team, which competes in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) – a 14-team university lacrosse league, with competing teams in Ontario and Quebec. The league is a separate entity from U SPORTS, which governs varsity sports at Canadian universities.
“Queens, Brock, Carleton, Western – all the big schools in Eastern Canada have a team [in CUFLA],” he said.
While it is common for Canada’s elite-level junior lacrosse players to pursue field lacrosse scholarships at American universities, Kriwokon said staying in Canada and joining a CUFLA program was his preferred option.
“The NCAA route, I considered it, but I think the Canadian route is better for me personally, because they only play four months out of the year, whereas NCAA teams play pretty much the whole time they’re in school,” he said. “They’re not as able to focus on academics as much, which is a big focus for me.”
Kriwokon added he intends to enroll in a science degree.