Mike Benedict Jr. – Lacrosse Legends

Mike Benedict Jr. has had a lifelong involvement with the game, starting with a great high school career spanning 1986 to 1989 at Salmon River High School in New York State. He went on to play Junior B for both Akwesasne and Gloucester through 1992. Benedict became a full-time Senior Player in 1993 for the Akwesasne Thunder, and was picked up by the Onondaga Redmen to play in the Presidents Cup, where he was named a First Team All-Star.

In 1994, he played in Manchester, England with the Iroquois National Team. He scored 10 goals in one Senior box game in 1995, and the same year won a gold medal with the Akwesasne Thunder, putting up a five-goal, five-assist performance. From there, he would head to his Major Indoor Lacrosse League (MILL), now the National Lacrosse League (NLL) rookie season with the Rochester Knighthawks, also in 1995.

Benedict’s NLL/MLL career included time with the Syracuse Smash, Buffalo Bandits, New York Saints, Columbus Landsharks, Rochester Rattlers, and New Jersey Storm. Benedict has seen it all. He also made an appearance in an NLL PlayStation video game, and was an Olympic Torch Bearer for Akwesasne for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games.



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