Patrick Merrill
9
D
Shoots:
Right
Height:
6' 0"
Weight:
185
Birthdate:
22/02/1979
Birthplace:
Orangeville, ON
College:
Mercyhurst College
Team Experience:
10

Acquired

Signed as an Unrestricted Free Agent by the Toronto Rock on September 14, 2010

Career

NLL
2017 is his 15th NLL season… Sits in the top ten in Rock history in games played, loose balls, forced turnovers, face-off wins and penalty minutes… Is fourth in the league in career penalty minutes… Holds the record for face-offs won in a championship game (23 in 2005)… Scored a career-high 12 assists in 2010 while playing for Orlando… Scooped a career high 96 loose balls in 2006… Former first overall draft pick of the Rock in 2002…

MLL
Played 10 games for the Toronto Nationals in 2009 & 2010…

NCAA – Mercyhurst
Scored 15 goals and 12 assists in his collegiate career… played both midfield and defense…

Junior
Played six years with the Jr. A Orangeville Northmen, scoring 42 goals and 74 assists for 116 points over 84 games… Named top defensive player in 2000…

Personal Bio

University/College – Mercyhurst University

Major at School – Sport Marketing

Junior Team – Orangeville Northmen

Minor Lacrosse Organization – Orangeville Northmen

Lacrosse Idol(s) – Sanderson Family, Rusty Kruger

Favourite Lacrosse Memory – NLL Championships 03,05,11

What do you eat as a pre-game meal – chicken & vegetables

Song that you listen to before the game – Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

Favourite Movie – Old School

Favourite Band/Musical Artist – The Tragically Hip

The athlete I respect the most outside of lacrosse – Carey Price

Favourite NLL Road Arena – Calgary or Colorado

Favourite Sports Teams – Montreal Canadiens, SF 49ers, Raptors, Blue Jays

Favourite Thing To Do In Your Spare Time – hang out with family, watch sports/movies

Any superstitions? – too many to describe

Where did you score your first goal? – Scored on a breakaway against the roughnecks in Calgary. As I shot, I dove unnecessarily with no one on me. The goalie was Curtis Palidwor.

Where and against what team did you play your first NLL game? – The first game I played was against the Albany Attack, in Albany.....my assignment was to cover one of my best friends and current teammate Josh Sanderson.

Coach that influenced your career most and why/how – I’ve been lucky to have a lot of great & influential coaches. Lindsay & Terry Sanderson, John Lovell, Troy Cordingley, Eddie Comeau, to name a few. My mom & dad have been the biggest influences on my Sports Career. Taught the value of hard work and being a good teammate at an early age.

Who strings your stick and describe what kind of pocket you have and why you like it like that – Ben Neeb, soft mesh, deep high pocket.

Do you have a hobby, if so, please elaborate on what it is and how you got into it – No time for hobbies

3 things you have to pack to take on the road with you – GQ magazine, peanut m&m’s, Toronto Rock Under Armour sweats (circa 2005), Black Hill Academy socks

Current Job title and employer – Director of Athletics & Admissions, The Hill Academy

Favourite Pizza Pizza toppings combo – I like to mix it up. The more toppings the better

Favourite Booster Juice flavour – The one with the spinach in it