Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/3/11
This week’s Philadelphia Wings/Phillylacrosse.com “Tip of the Week” will be posted tomorrow and demonstrated by veteran defenseman and team captain Taylor Wray.
All past “Tip of the Week” videos can be found by clicking here. Previous tips have been demonstrated by Wings Bill McGlone, John Christmas and Max Seibald.
The “Tip of the Week” feature is produced by Kyle Garzia. Special thanks to Wings President Michael French and the organization for their work in these instructional videos.
Wray is in his fourth year as a Wing after spending four seasons with the Calgary Roughriders. This year Wray has 19 loose balls and is a big reason the team has won three straight games and is now 3-2.
Wray, of Edmonton, Alberta, began his National Lacrosse League career with Calgary in 2004, and helped the Roughriders win the NLL Championship. Wray (8 goals, 8 assists and 82 loose balls that year) was named both Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2004.
In July 2007, Wray was traded to the Philadelphia Wings in a three-team blockbuster trade.
Prior to the 2008 NCAA season, Wray was named an Assistant Coach at Lehigh University under Head Coach Kevin Cassese – his former teammate at Duke. Prior to this, He had served three years as Assistant Coach for Queens University of Charlotte.
Wray is the recruiting coordinator at Lehigh.
From September 2006 through August of 2007, Wray worked as a lacrosse coach, academic coordinator and a strength and conditioning specialist at the National Sport Academy in Canada. A standout player during his undergrad days at Duke University, Wray served as team captain of the Blue Devils, along with Cassese, in 2003.
Wray earned the Eric Tyler Hardy Defensive Player of the Year that same season. During his time in Durham, Wray helped lead Duke to three NCAA Tournament appearances (2000-2002) and a pair of ACC Tournament Championships (2001, 2002). A four-year letterwinner, Wray was a four-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
Following his time at Duke, Wray was drafted second overall by Calgary. Wray was selected to the NLL All-Star team in 2006 and 2007.
Wray has also achieved a great deal of success on the international lacrosse circuit. In 1999, he was a member of the Under-19 Field Lacrosse World Championship silver medalists for Team Canada, while in 2006 he won the world championship in field lacrosse in the International Lacrosse Federation (ILF). In 2007, Wray won the ILF Indoor Lacrosse World Championship while garnering All-World Team accolades.
Wray graduated from Duke in 2003 with a bachelors degree in biological anthropology and anatomy.