2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Brent Noseworthy
Brent Noseworthy - LT
Weight: 215 lbs
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
School: Michigan (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Brooklin Lacrosse Club (MSL)
Junior Team(s): Burlington Chiefs (Jr A), Oakville Buzz (Jr B)
What the Experts Say
“He was an outstanding goalie growing up and didn’t switch to playing out until junior. That makes him a bit of a projection, but Noseworthy is hard working, craves coaching and has the physical tools to be an imposing D/transition player. He probably won’t be ready to play big minutes in the pros this year. A team that can be patient and develop him, though, is going to get an absolute gem.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 14th Overall - Halifax Thunderbirds
Noseworthy began his box lacrosse career as a goaltender, but he’s made the full-time transition to a runner. He started with the Oakville Buzz in Junior B and played parts of three summers there from 2015-17. He featured in seven games with his hometown Burlington Chiefs in 2017, and he posted a single assist over that span.
This summer was his first full campaign of top-level box as a runner. He played in 14 games, getting four goals and six points while only having eight minutes in penalties.
At the University of Michigan, Noseworthy became one of the all-time greats in program history. He played in 45 games over his four years, but he became the first player in history to reach 100 goals — he finished with 102 — and 119 points while playing midfield for the Wolverines.
Because of his lack of experience playing out, Noseworthy should be looked at as more of of a project than other defenders in the first round, but give him some time, and he’ll be a stud.
Halifax isn’t going to be looking to sit around and wait for him to be ready. But they’re better equipped to add him and help him along with an up and coming defensive core that already consists of Graeme Hossack, Jake Withers, James Barclay and Brad Gilles.
With the projection that the Thunderbirds will take Warren Jeffrey with their fifth overall pick, Halifax will have a pair of young, exciting rearguards to look forward to grooming in the coming years. Jeffrey is the big, shutdown guy while Noseworthy serves as more of a two-way threat.