Behind The Mask
Few positions in sport are as demanding as the lacrosse goaltender. Guarding a 6’ by 6’ field net with limited equipment or wearing 40 pounds of pads and guarding a 4’ by 4’ in sweltering arenas during the summer months. The keeper has their work cut out for them. Over the next few weeks TBLC will be highlighting their great goaltenders. Goaltenders who made a difference to the teams they played for. We start next week with one of the best still playing in the NCAA.
Christopher Steele played goal for 14 years. Most of that time was with Beaches minor lacrosse.
His team won provincial box championships in his first year of lacrosse as a tyke and his final year of minor in intermediate. He played both box and field in goal for Beaches, Hamilton, St. Michaels high school and the West Durham Jr. B IronHeads.
Christopher earned the nickname The Steele Wall for a reason— most nights it was tough to get a ball past him.
He has been a ref and a trainer for Beaches and continues to coach. He currently is a mechanic with Air Canada.
Men’s Box, Women’s Box, Men’s Field, Women’s Field, NCAA Division 1 Women’s Field Lacrosse. You name it, Samantha Kidd has played goal in them all and is still playing. One of best athletes to come out of Beaches Lacrosse, Samantha starred in men’s and women’s box lacrosse. In 2013, she was the most valuable player in women’s national box lacrosse.
She backstopped Ontario to the National Championship in Halifax. She played between the posts in men’s box lacrosse starting at the tender age of 9. She went on to play women’s and men’s field and is currently playing at LIU Brooklyn.
Her intention is to come back to Beaches senior women’s field at the end of her college season. As well as playing net she also coaches both men’s and women’s lacrosse and, in her spare time, has been a referee.