Swarm rookie Brock Sorensen played against his brother and Stealth captain Kyle Sorensen for the first time last weekend as the two former second-overall picks joined a rich tradition of talented brothers in the NLL. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
The National Lacrosse League has a rich tradition of talented brothers playing with and against one another and it added another high-profile pair to the list this past weekend.
Swarm rookie transition player Brock Sorensen lined up against his brother and Stealth defenseman Kyle Sorensen for the first time as Minnesota defeated Washington 15-14 on Saturday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
“It was kind of a cool experience,” Brock said. “I try to model my lacrosse style after him. It was definitely cool.”
Did losing the game to his younger brother’s team added a little salt to the wound for Kyle?
“I’d like to say no, but there’s no doubt about it,” he said. “I would have liked to beat him in our first game against each other.”
Brock admires multiple aspects of his older brother’s game as the 26-year-old serves as the Stealth’s team captain.
“He’s a guy that really understands the game, the X’s and O’s, the mental aspect of the game,” said the 23-year-old. “I think this is his sixth year now. He has the ‘C’ over there. A lot of guys look to him for his experience in the same ways I do.”
Kyle, the second overall pick in the 2006 NLL Entry Draft, expects a bright future for his brother, who was coincidentally the second overall selection in last year’s draft.
“He’s a good lacrosse player,” Kyle said. “He’s young, but he’s going to learn a lot and he’s going to be a good player in this league when he gets a little more comfortable. Hopefully he does well, but at the same time, not too well.”
Despite the new rivalry, both brothers enjoy having someone to consistently discuss the game with.
“He helped me immensely,” Brock said. “I’m always going to him for advice. He’s been great and really inspirational to the growth of my game.”
“He’s a smart kid himself,” Kyle said. “We bounce stuff back and forth with each other.”
Though the brothers still communicate often, both have tighter lips now that they play in the same division and their teams will meet twice more in March.
“It was a little bit different once [Brock] was drafted by Minnesota,” Kyle said. “A little bit more secretive stuff. You can’t tell mom and dad the same things during the season. It’s a little bit different but it’s fun, it’s an experience and I guess we’ll see where it goes from here.”
Kyle picked up a holding penalty while trying to defend his younger brother in the third quarter of their first meeting. Both brothers were quick to talk about the play after the game.
“I’ll definitely bring it up in one-on-one time,” Brock said. “We’ll see what he has to say about it.”
“He took advantage of me,” Kyle said. “He’s a big boy and he knows that I’m not the one-on-one player so I knew that I’d probably have to do something spectacular and that he was going to come at me. I don’t know, I guess I need to go back to the drawing board and do something different next time."