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Ratcliff Talks Milestones & Bobbleheads

04/18/2012, 12:40pm PDT
By Ben Tole

Stealth forward Lewis Ratcliff has eclipsed some pretty impressive milestones and will be turned into a bobblehead this Friday. Stealthlax.com contributor Ben Tole chats with the All-Pro forward.

Lewis Ratcliff scored his 800th point and 350th goal this season, placing him on the NLL's top ten lists in those categories (Photo: Scott Pierson).

At 4:52 of the fourth quarter on March 31, Lewis Ratcliff assisted on Brett Bucktooth’s goal to pull the Stealth within two of the Calgary Roughnecks. This assist was Ratcliff’s 800th career point, making him the ninth member of this exclusive club.

“I had no idea that I had reached the milestone until one of my buddies told me about it the next day,” Ratcliff said.

Ratcliff spent his first seven years in the NLL with the Calgary Roughnecks and the Toronto Rock where he was a consistent scorer for both teams. Prior to the 2010 season, Ratcliff was part of a blockbuster trade that sent him to Washington in return for then Stealth captain Colin Doyle.

In his three years with the Stealth, Ratcliff is yet to miss a game scoring 114 goals and 136 assists for 250 points. He currently sits eighth All-Time for franchise points. Ratcliff also sits on the list for franchise assists and points, sitting eighth and ninth, respectively.

This season on Feb 2nd, Ratcliff also became the 10th player in NLL history to score 350 goals in his career when he recorded a hat-trick in a winning effort against the Buffalo Bandits.

In his productive 10-year career, Ratcliff has racked up many personal accolades. He has been to seven All-Star games, received one All-Star MVP, three second-team All-NLL honors, two Champions Cups and was named the Champions Cup MVP in 2010 when the Stealth won their first NLL Championship.

“You like the individual stuff but you forget about it after a day or two,” Ratcliff said. “You never forget winning a Champions Cup because the season is such a grind and it takes so much work to get one.”

Ratcliff’s statistics make him one of the league’s most prolific scorers of all-time. He currently ranks in the top ten in all-time points and goals where he sits eighth with 807 points and ninth with 371 goals. He is also just outside of the top ten in assists, where he is currently 12th with 436 assists.

“Obviously it’s an honor to be on the list with some of the great players in the game,” he said. “But it’s been a frustrating year so it’s hard for me to get excited about them when the milestone’s come in losses.”

Going into the last two weeks of the regular season, the Stealth are in the middle of a playoff race with West Division rival Edmonton Rush and the East Division’s Buffalo Bandits. At 4-10 the Stealth may be forced to win both remaining games if they want to defend their West Division crown.

“If people had told me before the season started that we’d be 4-10 at this point I would have told them they were crazy,” Ratcliff said. “We are capable of beating anybody but as we’ve learned this year we are also capable of losing to anybody, we just all need to get on the same page.”

The first of these two crucial games will be played this Friday at the Comcast Arena against the defending NLL Champion Toronto Rock. The Stealth will also be holding Lewis Ratcliff Bobble Head night. The first 1,000 fans in the Arena will receive Lewis Ratcliff Bobble Heads.

“I have one of the bobble heads at home and I love it, when they came to me with the idea I thought it was a cool but I never imagined that it would turn out this good,” Ratcliff said.

Tickets for Lewis Ratcliff Bobble Head Night start at just $7 and are available by calling 877-MY-75-TIX or at www.stealthlax.com.

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