Soldier named Major League Lacrosse Rookie of the Year


Hamilton Nationals attackman Jeremy Boltus works the ball against the Boston Cannons at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on August 28 in Annapolis, Md. The Cannons defeated the Nationals 10-9. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Talk about your first-assignment dream job.

Freshly minted 2nd Lt. Jeremy Boltus was a last-round pick by the Hamilton Nationals in the Major League Lacrosse draft shortly after graduating from West Point in May. Boltus not only made the squad, he helped lead the Nationals to the league’s championship game Aug. 28 while getting named the league’s Rookie of the Year. The award was based on votes by the head coaches and general managers of all six teams in Major League Lacrosse.

Meanwhile, academy officials have carved out a job at West Point as an intern in the school’s athletic department helping train the next crop of lacrosse players this year.

“It’s been an amazing feeling trying to make the most of this opportunity,” said Boltus, who said he’s in discussions with several teams to play in the pro indoor league through the winter. Both leagues only practice and play games on the weekends, so Boltus is hoping he may be able to rejoin the Nationals next year even though he’ll be starting artillery officer training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

“Of course it will be up to my unit and the training schedule, but I’m hoping that my success this year will help with that.”

Boltus graduated as one of Army’s all-time best in men’s lacrosse with 214 career points and 124 career assists, going on to earn two game MVP awards in his first pro season playing for the Nationals.


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