If there’s one thing everyone should be able to agree on, it’s that Brendan Bomberry plays some electrically entertaining lacrosse.
Considering the big trade made at the 2018 NLL Entry Draft that allowed the Swarm to grab Bomberry at No. 7 overall, the Syracuse University alum had some big expectations riding on his shoulders. And as he got more comfortable with the speed of an NLL game and his role on the Swarm, the 24-year-old met and exceeded the expectations quickly.
We all got a show on January 5 against the Vancouver Warriors when Bomberry scored his first career goal, hat trick, and game-winning goal in the same game. As the No. 7 overall pick in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft acclimated to his transition role, we got to see that electricity more regularly throughout the season.
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“From an offensive point of view when he transitioned the ball, I had every confidence to give him the stop sign and allow him to stay and play,” Swarm assistant coach Dan Ladouceur said.
Primarily an offensive player during his Junior days, Bomberry was slotted out the back door in his rookie year of Senior ball due to a stacked right side. He found himself in a similar situation with the Swarm, having to quickly adjust to the speed of the NLL and the Swarm’s defensive system.
It’s not an easy ask of any player, but Bomberry faced the challenge willingly. His defense improved as the season went on, and Bomberry became one of the Swarm’s more dynamic transition threats.
“I think he’s only going to get better,” Ladouceur said. “As he gets more comfortable in his role as a transition player and more comfortable with the speed of the game, he’s just going to become more and more dangerous.”
Rookie seasons are all about learning, and it’s clear Bomberry picked up a lot in 2018-19, evidenced by him making the NLL All-Rookie Team. If he can cut way back on his penalties – he led the Swarm with 31 minutes and was second amongst NLL rookies – then Bomberry can make even more of an impact next season.
A sure sign of Bomberry’s improvement is the assists he handed out throughout the season.
After just three assists in his first nine games, Bomberry added seven more across his last eight games.
He had a good mix of settled and transition assists, as well. From March 2 on, four of Bomberry’s apples were on settled plays, and three were transition assists.
Bomberry developed a good feel for when to push the ball and let the open man strike on a fast break and when to stay up and help the offense find some success immediately in their new possession.
Further entrenching himself into the Swarm’s defensive system will be huge for him and the team, and it’s small wonder the Swarm coaches have so much confidence in Bomberry’s game.
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