|— Lacrosse player —|
September 26, 1980 |
Victoria, BC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||185 pounds (84 kg)|
|Former NCAA team||Butler University|
|Former NLL teams||Edmonton Rush
|Former MLL teams||Rochester Rattlers|
|NLL Draft||3rd overall, 2003
Ryan Ward (born September 26, 1980 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a lacrosse player for the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League. He was a free agent signee, formerly of the Edmonton Rush, with the Wings in 2013.
Ward is a two-time Mann Cup winner (in 2003 and 2005) with the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association. In 2003, he was awarded the Western Lacrosse Association MVP award. Ward was also a junior high Physical Education teacher in Owatonna, Minnesota. He is also the founder of Twin Cities Lacrosse.
Beginning and overview
Ward has been playing lacrosse since the age of three. For the last 25 years, he has played in top indoor and outdoor leagues across North America. He has spent most of his free time coaching youth lacrosse camps and clinics throughout the Twin Cities. Ward currently resides in Chanhassen, Minnesota. He is also the Varsity Head Coach of the Eden Prairie High School lacrosse team.
The Philadelphia Wings drafted Ward in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2003 NLL Entry Draft. As a rookie, he was awarded Rookie of the Week honors in week 8 of the season and named to the 2004 NLL All-Rookie Team. During the 2005 NLL season, Ward was traded to the Minnesota Swarm. In the 2006 NLL season, he was awarded Offensive Player of the Week honors in week 12 for his ten-point game against the Portland LumberJax, and helped lead the Swarm to their first playoff appearance. In 2007, he was elected to his first National Lacrosse League All-Star Game and again helped lead his team back to the playoffs. In 2008, Ward was again named to the All-Star team, replacing the injured Casey Powell.