Tehoka Nanticoke

Tehoka Nanticoke is a lacrosse Attackman who plays for the Iroquois national team and college lacrosse for the Albany Great Danes in the NCAA. Nanticoke has become popular on the internet due to his trick shots and skill.

Tehoka Nanticoke
Born (1998-01-19) January 19, 1998
Six Nations, Ontario
NationalityIroquois
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight230[1] pounds (104 kg)
ShootsRight
PositionAttackman

Early life

Nanticoke was born on the six nations reservation in Ontario. From an early age, he was taught to play lacrosse by his brother, Chancey Hill, who is 10 years older than him. [2] Hill taught Nanticoke many nontraditional moves and shots that Nantichoke incorporated into his game.[2] Early on, he was scouted and recruited to the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, where he became one of the team's standout players.[3] In 2016 he committed to play for the University at Albany.[4] Nanticoke was considered the number one recruit in 2017 for college lacrosse.[1]

College Career

Nanticoke initially did not consider going to college to play lacrosse, but after encouragement from his mother, Catherine, He chose to play at the University of Albany, as he was drawn to the attack minded playing style of coach Scott Marr.[1] Nanticoke finished his first season at Albany with 49 goals and 32 assists in 2018.[5] The following fall semester, Nanticoke did not take part in the lacrosse team, as he was not enrolled in the university. According to head coach Marr, Nanticoke had stayed home due to 'personal reasons', although he added that he expected Nanticoke to rejoin the team for the Spring 2019 season.[6]

International Career

Nanticoke is a member of the Iroquois Nationals and has represented the under-19 side at the 2016 FIL U-19 World Championship.[7] He is now apart of the 2019 FIL Indoor World Championship team playing for the Iroquois Nationals.

Style of play

Nanticoke is known as an extremely skillful and talented player. He gained popularity online, even in his highschool days for his moves and trick shots.[8] In 2017, he made ESPN's top ten plays for a one handed behind the back and between the legs goals while at IMG Academy.[1] He is also known as an extremely physical player. He weighs more than 200 pounds and is often capable of outmuscling opposing defenses.[2]

At times, Nanticoke had been criticized for overly physical play and taking cheap shots at opponents, with his cross-checking penalty in the third period described as one of the turning points in UAlbany's quarterfinal defeat to Yale in the 2018 championship.[9]

Personal life

He is a member of the Mohawk Nation.[10] He was one of eight Native Americans on the Albany roster for the 2018 season.[11] Nanticoke comes from a deeply political and cultural family with many of his grandparents being faith keepers, or stewards of culture, language, and tradition in Mohawk society. His grandfather took part in the protests at Wounded Knee, South Dakota. His mother spent a year of her childhood summer at the Occupation of Alcatraz.[12] Nanticoke is profoundly influenced by his cultural heritage as he refuses to cut his hair, believes in the spiritual qualities of lacrosse or the "Medicine Game", is a practitioner of the Longhouse Religion, and is fluent in Mohawk.[12]

References

  1. Singelais, Mark (13 September 2017). "Nanticoke had emotional journey to join UAlbany lacrosse". Times Union. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  2. Kelly, Micheal (25 May 2018). "Freshman helps lead Great Danes into national semis". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  3. Barnett, Josh (25 May 2017). "Meet IMG Academy's Tehoka Nanticoke, the 'wizard' of high school lacrosse". USA Today – High School Sports. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  4. Govel, Gary (10 July 2016). "NEXT: UAlbany Commit Tehoka Nanticoke". Capital District Lax. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  5. Singelais, Mark (23 May 2018). "Hard to bring down UAlbany lacrosse's Tehoka Nanticoke". Times Union. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  6. Kelly, Michael (5 October 2018). "Nanticoke not with UAlbany men's lacrosse for fall". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  7. DaSilva, Matt (29 September 2017). "The Tehoka Nanticoke Show Comes To The Carrier Dome". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. Dill, Jason (29 September 2016). "Lacrosse Star Tehoka Nanticoke Builds Career One Highlight At A Time". IMG Academy. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. Preston, Mike (28 May 2018). "Preston: Albany lacrosse freshman Nanticoke could become a star. Will his behavior hold him back?". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  10. "Tehoka Nanticoke (Mohawk) has been honored as the Baltimore Sun Men's Lacrosse National Player of the Week". NDN Sports. 20 February 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  11. "Final Four Bound UAlbany has eight Native Americans on the roster, including the top freshman in the nation, Tehoka Nanticoke". NDN Sports. 25 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. O'Connor, Joe (13 September 2017). "Their Game". National Post. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
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