Justin Geddie Finds Success in National Lacrosse League Debut
What is being heralded as one of the more remarkable feats by any team in recent National Lacrosse League (NLL) history, the San Diego Seals won back-to-back games using rookie goaltenders.
The excitement started in Week 6 when the Seals placed veteran starting goaltender Frank Scigliano on the NLL COVID Protocol List.
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That move opened the door for Chris Origlieri (Orangeville, ON) from the Orangeville Northmen of the Ontario Junior Lacrosse League (OJLL) to start in the first NLL game of his career. Not only did Origlieri get the start on Saturday, January 8th at Pechanga Arena against Panther City Lacrosse Club, he backstopped the Seals to a 15-12 victory and recoded 29 Saves all as the youngest player in the NLL.
Fast forward to January 13th when the Seals placed eight (8) more players on the NLL COVID Protocol List, including Origlieri, while Scigliano reminded on the list as well. Minutes later the Seals announced the addition of six (6) new players to their roster, including Justin Geddie (Victoria, BC) who plays for the Nanaimo Timbermen of the British Columbia Junior A Lacrosse League (BCJALL) and Black Fish of the Arena Lacrosse League West (ALL).
Geddie signed a one (1) year agreements with the Seals on January 13th and was placed on the Active Roster the same day. The next morning, on January 14th, Geddie flew to Saskatoon, SK where he met his teammates at morning shoot-around for the first time. That evening Geddie shut the door on a starving Saskatchewan Rush team who haven't been able to find their groove in what has been a disrupted regular season schedule due to COVID.
"I was expecting a lot of nerves at the start, which obviously I let my first goal in so I was a little nervous, but I kinda settled in." remarked Geddie during a post game interview. The win was no easy task. Despite letting in that first shot, Geddie went on to have a stellar game and faced a total of 53 Shots Against, turning away 42 Shots, for a .792 Save Percentage in the aforementioned win.
“Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation” - Zig Ziglar
Currently, in the early 2022 Arena Lacrosse League West (ALL) regular season with the Black Fish, Geddie has played 4 Games, with 119:12 Minutes Played in net, recording 1 Win and 1 Loss. During his time between the pipes this winter he has a .784 Save Percentage, having faced 116 Shots Against, making 91 Saves, coming out to 25 Goals Against for a healthy 12.58 Goals Against Average.
Prior to this winter, in a modified BCJALL season for the Nanaimo Timbermen, Geddie posted a record of 8-4, 413:39 Minutes Played, faced 332 Shots Against, making 273 Saves, for only 59 Goals Against and an impressive 8.56 Goals Against Average.
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