National Lacrosse League 2012: Nolan Heavenor Scores an Incredible Goal

Nolan Heavenor (#40) goes to work on Edmonton captain Jimmy Quinlan (Photo:
Nolan Heavenor (#40) goes to work on Edmonton captain Jimmy Quinlan (Photo:
Jim FlanneryAnalyst IApril 23, 2012

Part of the reason the Calgary Roughnecks just finished their NLL season with the best record in the league for the second straight year is, that they have a ton of offensive weapons.

In the top 30 in league scoring this year, you'll find five Roughnecks: Shawn Evans, Jeff Shattler, Daryl Veltman, Scott Ranger, and Curtis Dickson.

A sixth guy, Dane Dobbie, sits at 33 and would certainly have finished much higher had he not missed three games due to injury.

Having six different guys who are all very capable of leading the team in points on any given night, means no team can key on just one guy and hope to neutralize their offense.

But more than that, they have several other players who are perfectly capable of finishing around the net, but are in roles that don't afford them an opportunity to show off their scoring prowess all that often.

Such is the case for transition player Nolan Heavenor.

Heavenor's role with the team for the last several years has been primarily a defensive one, with him working on Calgary's end of the floor, helping collect loose balls and getting things moving in the other direction once Calgary takes over possession.

He has also been a very solid faceoff man in his career, winning 57 percent of the more than 1,000 draws he has taken.

Heavenor and Jeff Shattler celebrate Heavenor's second goal of the game (Photo:
Heavenor and Jeff Shattler celebrate Heavenor's second goal of the game (Photo:

He has been called upon in the past to help more on offense and even scored as many as 15 goals and 33 points in the 2007 season.

Going into last weekend's action, he had recorded just a single goal on the 2012 season. By the end of a very low scoring affair in Edmonton, with the visiting Roughnecks emerging with a 9-6 win, Heavenor had tripled his season total.

His second goal, however, has to be seen to be believed.

At 1:57:22 of the game highlight package, Calgary is pressing with time running out on the shot clock.

Evans tries to force a pass to Shattler in front of the net, but misses. The ball bounces harmlessly into the corner and several players turn to head for the bench on a line shift with the clock ticking down.

But, Heavenor sees the ball take a high looping hop back towards the net and what follows is nothing short of magnificent.

This might be the goal of the year in the NLL and is just one of the many, many reasons why box lacrosse is hands down the most entertaining spectator sport in the world.

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