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Lacrosse goalie making big saves for Airdrie senior B team

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 19, 2014 10:23 am

Rocky View Knights goalie Geoff Rainsford took a quick breath after he made a big save in a game in Calgary on May 28.
Rocky View Knights goalie Geoff Rainsford took a quick breath after he made a big save in a game in Calgary on May 28.
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Being the last line of defence in the sport of lacrosse is something that Calgary’s Geoff Rainsford is used to.

The 28-year old netminder has been making big saves in the net for the last 17 years, with the last seven of those seasons being with the Airdrie-based Rocky View Knights of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League’s Senior B division.

“I started off as a player up front, but by my third year in minor lacrosse, I was a goalie full-time,” Rainsford said.

“I played other sports such as hockey and football when I was younger, but I was never playing a role like a goaltender except in lacrosse.”

“It can be stressful at times, but it can also be a lot of fun,” he added.

“It all really depends on how the team is doing, as you can be part of a winning team and having a lot of fun, or part of a losing team and become really frustrated.”

So far in the 2014 season, Rainsford has been having a lot of fun with his fellow Knights teammates, as they had a 5-3 record after a win at a home game with the Okotoks Raiders at the Plainsman Arena on June 14.

“We’ve started to come together as a team, and we are starting to be really consistent,” Rainsford said.

“Obviously, I get to see how the guys are playing defensively in my position as a goalie, and we’ve been doing an awesome job in shutting the opponents down.”

“If we continue to play like this for the rest of the season, I think we are going to be a contender to win the league title,” he added.

In his role as the goaltender for the Knights, Rainsford plays a traditional goalie style, as he stays in upright position and darts across to make the big saves when he has to.

“I am a pretty good sized guy, so I like to keep playing a pretty standard style,” Rainsford said. “I like to try and cut down the angles that a shooter has to try and score on me, and being a bigger guy helps me use that to my advantage.”

Rainsford is 6’5” and 280 lbs.

After playing in the junior lacrosse ranks for the RMLL’s Calgary Mountaineers and being drafted by the National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Calgary Roughnecks in 2007, Rainsford was selected in the RMLL Senior B draft by the Knights in 2008, which is where he has played since.

“In our league, there is a Southern Alberta player draft, so you can end up on a team in Calgary, Okotoks, or Airdrie,” Rainsford said. “In my case, I ended up being picked by the team in Airdrie, and I’ve really enjoyed playing there.”

“It’s a great city to play in, and we get a lot of support at our arena, which is a great feeling as a player,” he added.

“We have a strong team playing in Airdrie this year, and I hope we can give our fans a championship.”


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