Lacrosse player hopes to lure college interest

Caine Manion looking to follow in the footsteps of Dakota Hollister and Tanner Rennich in landing an NCAA scholarship.

Another Cranbrook lacrosse player is eyeing up a chance to earn an NCAA scholarship following the success of two other locals.

Dakota Hollister and Tanner Rennich are both committed to their respective NCAA schools—Bellarmine University and Robert Morris University—and now Caine Manion is hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Manion, 15, recently returned from an Adrenaline showcase in Sonoma, California—the same kind of event that got Hollister started on his NCAA career path.

Manion, who plays midfield, spent a couple days down in Southern California at the camp, adjusting to the field lacrosse style of play, where he did his best to turn some heads.

“It went good, it was enjoyable,” said Manion, who got some interest from the head coach of San Diego State University’s lacrosse team.

Over the two-day camp, Manion and roughly 100 other players were divided up into teams headed by NCAA coaches where they went head-to-head in a tournament format.

Outside of games, the coaches had set up positional drills, where players could work on and get some tips on how to play their positions more effectively.

“I felt like I could’ve played better, but I also felt like I played pretty good,” said Manion, adding that his strengths are his shot and ability to pounce on ground balls.

Manion, who has played box lacrosse for the last 10 years, is hoping to play more field lacrosse this year with the Okanagan Sun Devils out of Kelowna.