Sunday, July 20, 2014

Major Series Lacrosse players win medals at world field lacrosse championships

Dillon Ward, of the KW Kodiaks, was the all-star goalie and
MVP as Canada won the world field lacrosse championships.
It was a big Saturday for 18 Major Series Lacrosse players at the World Field Lacrosse Championships in Denver. Eleven MSL player were with the Team Canada side that won the gold medal, beating the USA 8-5 with a brilliantly designed and executed game plan. Seven other MSL players were members of the Iroquois Nationals, who won their first ever medal at the worlds, beating Australia 16-5 to capture the bronze.

The MSL players who were part of Team Canada's win were Matt Vinc, Adam Jones and John Grant Jr. (Peterborough Lakers), Cam Holding (Brooklin Redmen), Dillon Ward (Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks), Dan Coates and Jesse Gamble (Six Nations Chiefs), Jeremy Noble, Jason Noble and Jordan MacIntosh (Oakville Rock) and Kyle Rubisch (Brampton Excelsiors). Ward was named the tournament's all-star goalie and the Most Valuable Player.

The Iroquois players, all coming from the Six Nations Chiefs, were Craig Point, Roger Vyse, Cody Jamieson, Vaughan Harris, Sid Smith, Jeff Shattler and Randy Staats.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kodiaks beat Lakers 11-8, Rock take out Excelsiors 12-5

Craig England (left), here against Oakville, had 2 goals Thursday as KW
downed Peterborough 11-8. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks made a statement Thursday night: that they can play with anybody in Major Series Lacrosse. The Kodiaks went into Peterborough, the home of the Lakers who were rated first in the latest IL Indoor MSL Power Rankings, and won 11-8 to keep their playoff hopes moving forward. The win allowed KW to keep pace with Oakville at 6-8. The Rock downed Brampton 12-5 in Thursday night's other game.

“We've got a good team here. Everyone thinks that we're cellar dwellars and everything else, but we can compete with anybody and be in any game,” said Kodiaks assistant coach Jamie Dubrick. “We had a rough week last week with the two losses against Oakville, two games we should have won, I think. Our guys just didn't show up to play. This is a big game for us, to come up here and beat a team like this that has won a couple of games the last little bit. [Peterborough's] a strong squad, that's a Mann Cup contending team right there. So I think we can compete with anyone. I think this is going to be good for the week coming up. We've got two big games Sunday and Tuesday [against Brampton] and we'll see what happens.”

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Peterborough Lakers down Brooklin Redmen 12-9

Scott Evans had a hat trick to lead
Peterborough over Brooklin. 
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
In a battle between the top two teams in Major Series Lacrosse Wednesday night, the Peterborough Lakers had to overcome a slow start to take away a 12-9 win over the Brooklin Redmen. Brooklin jumped out to a 5-1 lead, largely because they outworked the Lakers and won pretty much every loose ball battle all over the floor in the first half of the first period. After John Lafontaine scored back to back transition goals for Brooklin, the second at 11:40, Peterborough pulled starter Tyler Carlson and put in Davide DiRuscio. The change seemed to awaken the Lakers, who played much better defence and worked harder in both ends in front of the replacement.

Redmen captain Shawn Williams, who led all scorers with a goal and 5 assists, acknowledged that it wasn't the goalie's fault that Brooklin took an early lead, but making the change made a big difference. “I think once we got Carlson out of the game they woke up and said 'That's on us, that's not on him.' Good teams battle back through that and they did,” Williams said.

Kiel Matisz scored 3 goals and 2 assists for Brooklin. Scott Evans led the Lakers with a hat trick and an assist. Mark Steenhuis had 2 goals for Peterborough, which got 2 or more points from 11 different players. The Lakers turned the momentum around after falling behind thanks to some hard work from Robert Hope, Nick Weiss and Chad Culp, all of whom led the charge. The whole team seemed to respond in the second half of the first period and throughout the rest of the game. Peterborough was particularly strong in the third period, in which they outscored the Redmen 5-1 to pull away for the win.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Rock sweep home-and-home by downing Kodiaks 9-7 in Oakville Monday night

Mike Mawdsley and the Oakville Rock beat KW 9-7, pulling into a tie with the Kodiaks for fourth in MSL.
(Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Oakville Rock stepped to the plate and hit big double, taking a 9-7 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks Monday night to finish off a home-and-home sweep of the Kodiaks on consecutive nights. Rob Hellyer's hat trick and Stephan Leblanc's 4 assists were key components as the Rock's offensive leaders stepped up to help the team pull into a tie with KW for the fourth and final playoff spot in Major Series Lacrosse.

Oakville Head Coach Phil Sanderson was happy with his team's teams efforts all over the floor. “Both ends. Robbie was our leader out there on offence along with Steph. I thought Ethan O'Connor had a hell of a game for us, too. I thought he took control for us in the back end. Brad Gillies has been really good for us too lately. Those guys have been stepping up for us big time.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

Rock score last three goals to edge Kodiaks 7-6 Sunday evening

Nick Rose, here against Peterborough, allowed only six goals
as the Rock edged KW 7-6 Sunday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Oakville Rock scored three goals in the final 4:21 to pull out a 7-6 win over the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in the first half of a home and home series with huge implications in the Major Series Lacrosse playoff race. Mike Mawdsley and Stephan Leblanc scored to tie the game up then Rob Hellyer connected for the winner in the final minute of play. Leblanc (2g goals, 1 assist) and Hellyer (1g, 2a) were the game's leading scorers. Mike Melnychenko scored his first two goals for the  Kodiaks in his second game with the team after coming over from Brooklin in a deadline trade.

The teams were tied 1-1 after the first period then KW outscored the Rock 5-3 in the second period to take a 6-4 lead into the third. Nick Rose shut the door on the Kodiaks in the third, allowing his Oakville teammates to pull out the win, which pulls the Rock within a game of KW for fourth place and the final playoff spot. Another Oakville win in tonight's game at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre would move the teams into a tie, while a KW win in the rematch would put them back to two games ahead. If the Rock win and Brampton can beat Peterborough for their third straight win, there would be a three-way tie at 5-8 for the fourth spot.

You can watch tonight's game in Oakville live via JVI Video webcast. Just click on the Webcast Sports link in the right hand column of this web site. The broadcast starts at about 7:55.

Excelsiors edge Chiefs 4-3 behind standout performance from Tye Belanger in goal

The Brampton Excelsiors had plenty of new faces in the lineup for their Saturday night game against the Six Nations Chiefs, but they didn't let that stop them from pulling out a 4-3 win thanks to a phenomenal performance by goalie Tye Belanger. He made 53 saves to lead the Excels to their fourth win of the season and a game ahead of the Oakville Rock in the win column for fifth place. Brampton scored three times in the first period, added a goal in the second then held on to earn the victory over a Six Nations team whose lineup was also featuring several different players than usual. Nine Chiefs players are currently taking part in the world field lacrosse championships.

One player who was on the floor for the Chiefs was Colin Doyle, the veteran leader who had missed the entire season so far because of an injury. Doyle was thrilled to be back on the floor. “It felt awesome. I missed it. It's what I love to do,” Doyle said. “Obviously my timing was off. My shooting was poor. But I got involved in the game. It was a good game. I didn't feel like I played great but I got involved and that was all I really expected from tonight. It was disappointing we didn't win but felt great to be out there.”

Friday, July 11, 2014

Brampton beats Brooklin 14-12 in OT, Lakers trounce Rock 13-5

Joe Resetarits had a 6-point night to help Brampton upset
Brooklin 14-12 in overtime Thursday. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Brampton Excelsiors pulled off the upset of the Major Series Lacrosse season, coming back to beat the first-place Brooklin Redmen 14-12 in overtime Thursday night. Brampton put together a 6-3 third period including scoring the last 4 goals of regulation time to force the extra 10-minute period. Their transition game came up big for them in the overtime as Mike Kirk and Chris Corbeil chipped in goals, in addition to Joe Resetarits' second of the game to go with 4 assists. Kevin Ross led the way with 3 goals and 4 assists for the Excelsiors, who move into a tie with Oakville for fifth place with a 3-8 record. Curtis Knight was the top gun for Brooklin with 4 goals while Shayne Jackson added 2 goals and 2 assists and rookie defender Graeme Hossack pitched in with a pair of goals.

Brooklin led 3-2 after one period and 8-5 after two, then stretched their lead to 9-5 when Steve Priolo scored an unassisted marker two minutes into the third. Brampton got a couple of goals back through Ross and Brady Heseltine 25 seconds apart. Just a few minutes later, though, Knight and Hossack connected 35 seconds apart to restore the 4-goal margin. Corbeil struck for his second of the game at 8:59. Then, starting at 14:59, Brampton got goals from Mike Burke, Mark White and Ross in less than two minutes. Neither team could score in the final three minutes, setting up the extra period.