Last Week Marquette University announced their 2021 Men’s Lacrosse captains and we were excited to see long time Excelsior and Brampton native Connor McClelland’s name among them.
Playing in the maroon and gold since Minor, Connor quickly showed he was an elite player when he joined the already talented Jr. A Excelsiors at just 16 years old. Eventually earning an ‘A’, Connor proved to be not only an extremely solid defender but capable in transition as well. After helping lead the team to the Minto Cup finals in 2018 McClelland graduated to the Major Excelsiors and did not miss a beat as he stepped in and proved he could keep up with the best.
In 2020 Connor was selected in the first round, 12th overall, of the NLL draft by the Saskatchewan Rush. Joining the team’s All-Star defensive line up (featuring other former Excelsiors Kyle Rubisch and Chris Corbiel) goes to show the faith the organization has in his talents and potential.
Throughout his career Connor has earned numerous titles at all levels including Provincial and National Championships. He’s now in his Senior year at Marquette and looking to add to that list.
Though he isn’t first McClelland to leave his mark on the Excelsiors legacy, he will no doubt be a stand out and looked up to by the generation of Brampton fans growing up watching him play now. Connor McClelland continues Brampton’s history of producing lacrosse legends and will no doubt become a well known name in the sport. Marquette has made an excellent choice!
Connor – The ELLA, the Excelsiors and Brampton are all proud of you. Way to go!