Riggers do-it-all guy 'freak of nature'

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:33 AM ET

Unlike the NHL, the National Lacrosse League doesn't keep track of how many minutes players log in games.

That's too bad for Roughnecks 'freak of nature' Jeff Shattler, who would likely top the category if they did.

In two weekend outings -- wins over the San Jose Stealth and Edmonton Rush -- Shattler logged the most minutes of any of his teammates.

The 24-year-old was run ragged playing defence, bringing the ball up on transition and then staying out there for some shifts on offence.

"It would be fun to find out what Shattler had," said Riggers head coach Troy Cordingley. "I always say that Shattler is just a freak of nature. We had him at both ends against San Jose. The next night, he was struggling a bit.

The Roughnecks only have three back-to-backs this season and managed to come out of the first one 2-0.

They are on the road tomorrow night against the Toronto Rock (5 p.m.) and the Riggers feel recovered from a tough opening weekend.

Not only did they have two games in less than 24 hours, a handful of players had food poisoning from a post-game meal in San Jose.

Shattler wasn't one of those players, but he's recharged nonetheless.

During a pre-season game against the Rush, Cordingley tested Shattler's endurance to see if he would wear out.

Shattler didn't during that outing, but was feeling the effects after the weekend.

During the fourth quarter against the Rush, Shattler managed to get three breakaways, but didn't put one by goalie Steve Dietrich.

Getting the extra floor time suits Shattler just fine.

"It usually doesn't bother me until after the game," Shattler said. "The second game, it was starting to catch up with me. A lot of the guys were going on half a tank and the Rush was on a full tank. We did well for the numbers we had.

"What they really want me to do is stay out there as much as possible, keep my legs moving and go back and forth."

Where Shattler's endurance comes from is anybody's guess.

"I've always been able to run and run," Shattler said. "I can run for long periods of time. I get it into my head it's not running but walking. I just think about something else than running. Sometimes I get into a routine."


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