TORONTO – Five-year veteran Rob Marshall is the latest member of the 2010 East Division Champion Toronto Rock to re-sign for the coming season. The Rock officially inked Marshall to a two-year deal on Wednesday. As per club policy terms of the deal were not released.
Marshall enjoyed a great Junior B career with his hometown Elora Mohawks prior to making it to the National Lacrosse League capturing the Founders Cup Canadian Junior B Lacrosse championship in 2005, his final year of Junior eligibility.
“It’s every lacrosse kids dream to play for the Rock, and for me to be here for a sixth season is a dream come true,” said the speedy Marshall. “I’m definitely excited for the 2011 season as we came up a little short of our main goal last year, so now it’s time to get things started and get down to business.”
With rookie and free agent camp on the horizon, Marshall knows what it’s like for many guys graduating out of the junior lacrosse ranks trying to earn a spot at the pro level in the National Lacrosse League.
“Going into camp as an undrafted player was pretty nerve wracking, especially after the Rock had won the Champions Cup the previous year'” remembers Marshall. “I knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job making this team. I felt like I had nothing to lose, so I just went out and gave it my best at every single tryout and it all worked out for the best.”
26 year-old Marshall was a key contributor on the back end in Toronto’s run to the Champions Cup final in 2010. Not only did he continue his steady performance on defence collecting 16 loose balls, but he also chipped in 1 goal and 2 assists in 3 playoff games.
“We really appreciate Rob’s leadership, he’s a real good team guy,” says Rock GM Terry Sanderson. “He’s one of the faster guys in the league and we really hope that translates into some more offence this season.”
Marshall who hails from Arthur, Ontario didn’t have a lot of fanfare surrounding him coming out of Junior and went undrafted. Since that time, he has become a very reliable piece of the Rock puzzle.
“We scouted him in Jr B and he was obviously one of the better players in the B loop back in 2005,” recalls Sanderson. “There were other teams in the league after him, but he chose to stay with the Rock and he’s made the most of the opportunity that was in front of him.
“Guys like Rob show those guys who were undrafted that there is a chance with some hard work that they can crack a pro roster.”
Other Rock veterans who have re-signed to this point include Captain Colin Doyle and soon to be sophomore sensations Stephan Leblanc and Garrett Billings.
Rookie and free agent camp will open on November 17th at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations where the next Rob Marshall could be set to step into the spotlight.