Fairfielder picked as movie stunt double

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If your memory spans 10 years in Fairfield boys lacrosse, you probably remember Jeff Dowling.

The 2004-Fairfield High School graduate was a three-year player for the Mustangs. Dowling then went on to play at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt. where he racked up 96 ground balls in his four-year career.

Dowling graduated from St. Michael’s in 2008, but evidently his lacrosse career did not end there. The Fairfield-native was picked — from a pool of about 1,000 — as a lacrosse-action stunt double in independent-film “Crooked Arrows” which opened in movie theaters on Friday.

“I think this movie is a huge step for the sport of lacrosse,” Dowling said in a press release. “When I got to see the trailer of what we were shooting, I was blown away. The lacrosse scenes look awesome.”

The film stars Brandon Routh — a veteran TV actor, who also starred in “Superman Returns” and had supporting spots in “Zack and Miri” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World” — as Joe Logan. Dowling serves as Routh’s stunt-double during all lacrosse action scenes.

“Crooked Arrows” plots the progress of a fictional Native American high school’s lacrosse team, in its battle to compete against the higher-skilled and better-trained prep schools. The movie is playing in Fairfield County theaters in Fairfield, Norwalk and Danbury, and will be further released on June 1.

Dowling quipped that, as a defender, the movie runs contrary to what he’s learned.

“Everything had to be choreographed,” he said in a release. “You know what the play is, and you know who on the other team is going to score, and as a defenseman, this goes against everything you have been taught.”

Fellow Fairfielder and St. Michael’s graduate Paul Tortora Jr. isn’t hitting the big screen, but he is receiving honors of his own.

Tortora, a senior, was named All-New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s second-team All-New England for the second time in his career. He scored 11 goals and had 26 points for the Purple Knights in 2012.

Pat Pickens is the sports editor of the Fairfield Citizen, a Hearst Connecticut Newspaper organization. Follow him on Twitter here.

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