Arena Lacrosse League East Semi-Finals

by Gary Groob

Arena Lacrosse League East Semi-Finals 

Friday at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre 

3 pm Game:

Six Nations Snipers 13  Toronto Monarchs 19

With a trip to the finals on the line, the Monarchs got rolling almost immediately. Down 2-1 to the Snipers early, Toronto got on a seven goal run, opening up an 8-2 lead just minutes into the second quarter.  Joel Taylor, Tanner Buck and Henry Follows led the Monarchs charge.  By halftime Toronto had built a 13-5 lead and were cruising along.  The Snipers made it interesting in the fourth putting together a four goal run, but the Monarchs held strong for the 19-13 victory. 

Joel Taylor (3g,4a), Tanner Buck (3g,4a), Henry Follows (4g,0a) and Jordan Dance (3g,3a) led the Monarchs offense, with Patrick Corbett (1g,5a), Patrick Thomson (1g,5a) and Dan Williams (0g,4a) as the setup men.

Cheyton King (4g,4a), Justin Porga (2g,4a) and Travis Staats (2g,1a) led the Six Nations offense.  Tyler Vanevery (0g,4a) and Brent Longboat (0g,3a) were the playmakers. 

The Three Stars:

1. Joel Taylor (Toronto)
2. Patrick Thomson (Toronto)
3. Cheyton King (Six Nations)

8:30 pm Game:

Paris RiverWolves 12  Brampton Express 16

The Paris RiverWolves put together a great first quarter jumping out to a 4-1 lead.  The Express got rolling in the second quarter with a four goal run to take a 5-4 lead.  This was an exciting first half having the game tied on four seperate occasions, until Brampton finally took a two goal lead, scoring both inside the last two minutes of the quarter. The score at halftime was 9-7 for Brampton. 

The Express started to pull away with three goals (including a shorthanded marker) to start the second half, and though the RiverWolves would fight valiantly, they wouldn't be able to catch Brampton who won 16-12 to punch their ticket to the championship game. 

Ryan Campbell (4g,3a), Zac Sunderland (4g,2a) and Mitchell Geoffrey (2g,3a) led the offense for Brampton, with Gage Board (1g,6a) as the setup man.  Lucas Nagy was superb in net making 43 saves in the victory. 

Paris had ten seperate scorers in the game with Noah Simonelli (2g,3a) and Dylan Goddard (2g,1a) leading the way.  Marley Angus (1g,5a) was the setup man in this game.  Chase Cosgrove had a great game in the RiverWolves net making 44 saves on 60 shots.

The Three Stars:

1. Lucas Nagy (Brampton)
2. Ryan Campbell (Brampton)
3. Noah Simonelli (Paris)

Championship Game:

The Brampton Express will face the Toronto Monarchs for the Arena Lacrosse League East Championship at theToronto Rock Athletic Centre Saturday, April 8th at 7pm.