Toronto Tomahawks’ John Sheffield has proven belongs in the National Lacrosse League. The 22-year-old native of Detroit, Michigan is the first black field lacrosse player to make the NLL ranks. Recently he left a lasting impression on the Maryland Arrows fans, scoring six goals and assisting on one other in the Tomahawks’ final game of the season in Largo, Maryland, August 29th. Four of his goals were scored on end to end rushes as he literally ran through the entire Arrow team. The seven points brought his season total to 40 in 21 games on 21 goals and 19 assists, • while picking up 29 minutes in penalties.
The six-foot, one-inch, right shot forward is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he attained all-American and all-Ivy honors playing field lacrosse this past season. He was drafted by the Tommies in June, after the North-South all-star field lacrosse championship in Georgia. While at Penn he was a member of the university’s varsity wrestling team. and played half-back on the football squad. “Sheffield has improved with every game he’s played,” said Tomahawks’ general manager and coach, Jim Bishop. “He’s going to be a good box lacrosse player and should come into his own next season.” During his half season in the NLL, Sheffield has established himself as one of the League’s more aggressive players.