5/27/10 4:14 PM
DO YOU KNOW WHO PEET POILLON IS? YOU SHOULD!
If you don’t know who Peet Poillon is, now is the time to get acquainted with this scoring machine.
Poillon leads all MLL scorers with an explosive 14 points in two games. In the 2010 season opener, he racked up five goals and continued to fire away, scoring four (including a two-pointer), in the week two. His speed and fiery shot seem to have magically descended upon the Chesapeake Bayhawks this season, leaving us to wonder where Poillon came from.
After watching the NCAA Championships for several years, Poillon and his dad picked up some lacrosse sticks and started throwing the ball around. Before long, Poillon was in eighth grade walking around gathering signatures while his father attended school board meetings to make a lacrosse program happen at Seneca Valley High School. Poillon said, “I think my dad deserves more credit than me,” but on the field it was the younger Poillon who led the team. As a three-year captain and four-time Most Valuable Player, he set the Western Pennsylvania Scholastic Lacrosse Association’s scoring record with 410 career goals and was named WPSLA’s Player of the Year as a senior. Poillon dreamed of playing Division I ball, but Seneca Valley High School didn’t receive much attention as a start-up program.
Instead of giving up on his dream, Poillon attended Howard Community College for two years in hopes of getting noticed by Division I coaches. As a freshman, he was the captain of the team and set the schools record with 84 points. His sophomore year, he continued his post as captain and added 60 points to his time at Howard. After being named First Team All-Region XX, Region XX Offensive Player of the Year and two-time NJCAA All-American, Poillon finally got the Division I calls he wanted. He headed to Ohio State in 2007.
Poillon found the net 32 times in his only season at Ohio State before transferring to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "It was hard to leave 45 guys and coaches who you really respect and like a lot," he said. "It was one of the more difficult decisions I ever made. But it was probably the right decision for my future. I don’t regret it or anything."
His main reason for transferring was the opportunity to play under Don Zimmerman. Poillon said, “I felt like Coach Zimmerman was the perfect guy to learn from.” As a Retriever, his game changed. Instead of looking to take his shot, Poillon became a well-rounded team player often giving up his shot to make an assist. He felt playing at UMBC gave him more chances to make passes instead of just taking shots.
Following his year at UMBC, Poillon was drafted by the Boston Cannons with the 20th pick in the 2009 MLL Draft. He never saw any playing time with the Cannons and was released in July. The Bayhawks must have seen something the Cannons didn’t, and claimed him in the MLL Player Pool. Once the Bayhawks nabbed him, he played and gave us a taste of his abilities by registering seven points in two games at the end of the 2009 season. In his second professional appearance on August 8th, Poillon scored the game-winning goal against his former team, the Cannons, with just 3.5 remaining on the clock.
He hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down in 2010. The ball tends to find Poillon in great places where he is able to crank out shots. “You want to keep an eye out for him, but you don’t know where to keep that eye,” says Bayhawks General Manager Spencer Ford. “Do you let him shoot outside? No, he shoots the ball over 100 mph. Do you let him play inside? No, he’s very, very crafty there as well.”
Don’t expect Poillon to cease fire this weekend, he will be showing off for Mom and Dad when he returns home to Pittsburgh with the Bayhawks to take on the Machine. With many family and friends expected to come out to see him play, Poillon says, “I’m looking forward to it and it’s going to be a blast.”
To hear a complete interview with Peet Poillon click here: http://laxunited.com/radio.php