Men's lacrosse trio continues playing careers abroad in Australia
COLCHESTER, Vt. - Three recent Saint Michael's College men's lacrosse graduates have continued their careers in Australia this summer, as Christian Cook (South Burlington, Vt./New Hampton School), Peter Hanson (Andover, Mass./Andover) and Tyler Violette (Amherst, N.H./Proctor Academy) are playing for a team located in the suburbs of Adelaide.
The trio, which arrived in late May following graduation, plays for the Woodville Lacrosse Club, based just north of Adelaide in southeastern Australia. The Warriors have existed since 1899 and are considered one of the strongest clubs in South Australia, according to their website. The Purple Knight alums have mostly appeared for the top team in Woodville's club system, helping it to a 2-8 mark in the Copyworld Men's State League, and continuing a tradition over the past four years of Saint Michael's graduates traveling down under to compete in the program.
Hanson has been chronicling the journeys of the three Purple Knights via his blog here, discussing not only the differences between lacrosse in Australia and stateside, but sharing their experiences in the local sporting culture and events unique to Australia.
A two-year captain at Saint Michael's and a defender his senior year, Hanson has posted 16 goals and five assists in six games for the Warriors thus far. In four contests with Woodville's State League squad and one with its Division I outfit, which is one level lower, Violette has seven goals and two helpers following a college career as a long-stick midfielder. Cook has seen time in three games between the State League and Division I, netting nine markers and adding three assists. He was a midfielder at Saint Michael's.