Cornell Signs Aussie Faceoff Specialist

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Melbourne, Australia native Tim Graham has been accepted at Cornell and will join the Cornell men's lacrosse team in the spring. He will have four years of eligibility at Cornell.

Graham is one of a handful of players in college lacrosse to come from outside North America and the second in DI. Per Anders-Olters at Vermont is the other freshman at a DI school that is from Outside of North America as Olters is from Germany.

With Graham heading to Ithaca he looks to be the next Callum Robinson, one of the most notable Australian born player to come play college lacrosse in the United States, who played defense at DIII power Stevenson and now plays in the MLL.

Over the summer the world got their first look at Graham as he played for the Australia at the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships in Netanya, Israel. Graham had a great showing as he dominated at the facoff dot and helped Austraulia finish in 4th place out of 46 teams.

The Malvern Lacrosse product was able to compete against some of the the best faceoff guys in the world. Graham went about 50/50 with Trevor Baptiste over and played very well against pretty much everyone. Graham also has the ability to be a threat on the offensive end of the field as well.

Graham will be a great addition to the Big Red as he adds more depth at the faceoff dot. Cornell currently has four faceoff specialist on the roster with junior Paul Rasimowicz, junior Hunter Hughes, sophomore Luca Tria, and freshman Mitch Rothstein.

Coming into NCAA DI from outside North America is always a challenge as many players have a pretty steep learning curve to get over. Graham should be able to contribute as a freshman for Cornell, but with him coming in after Fall Ball does present challenges and we may see him take more of a back seat and lean this year.