DENVER – On June 7, Denver Outlaws attack man Curtis Dickson introduced himself to the lacrosse world with four goals and an assist in his MLL debut against the Charlotte Hounds. A week later, in just his second game, Dickson netted four goals and dished for three assists in a win over the New York Lizards. Two games, eight goals and seven assists was all it took for Dickson to make sure the league knew who he was — and it certainty hasn’t forgotten.
In just four games this season, Dickson has recorded 16 points on 11 goals and five assists. The 12th overall pick in the 2012 MLL Expansion Draft was the NLL Rookie of the Year in 2011, leading the league with 33 goals and ranking second with 51 points.
Dickson, a British Columbia native, played college lacrosse at the University of Delaware. He was named to the first-team all-conference team three straight seasons and recorded 162 goals and 50 assists during his time there. Dickson also earned a pair of All-American awards and was named a finalist for the Tewaaraton Award after recording 77 points on 62 goals and 15 assists in his senior year.
Despite joining the team midway through the season, Dickson has fit in well with the Outlaws.
“He’s really brought a lot of personality and fits in really well with the group,” Denver head coach B.J. O’Hara said. “On the field he’s been excellent. I think he’s even going to get better as he gets used to going against a long stick—he hasn’t played against a long stick in quite a while. He’s started to figure that out and he’s able to get his shot off with a lot of pressure, which is nice to see. He moves the ball well. We’re pleased.”
Dickson will be playing in his first World Championships, representing team Canada.