Arena Lacrosse League East Week 10 Recaps

by Gary Groob

The Arena Lacrosse League East had four games this past weekend. 

Friday Evening at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario 

Ohsweken Bears 12  Brampton Express 16

The Ohsweken Bears started the game well getting out to 3-0 and 6-3 leads, as well as taking an 8-6 lead to the dressing room at the half.  

A quick goal by Ohsweken to start the third quarter had them up by three once again.  Cue the Brampton comeback.  The Express rhymed off five goals in the next 7:03 to change the story line.  Ohsweken got within one goal near the end of the third, but a three goal run from the Express to open the fourth and put this game away.  The Bears kept fighting scoring two goals of their own, but the Express finished the game with another pair for the 16-12 victory.  Lucas Nagy made 37 saves in the win.

Jeff Wittig (4g,1a), Mitchell Geoffrey (3g,2a), Sam Dramnitzke (2g,4a) and Gavin Thibeault (2g,3a) led the way for the Express.  Curtis Ward (1g,4a) was the playmaker. 

Lucas Beaver (2g,1a) and Weylon Abrams (2g,0a) led the way for Ohsweken, who got production from ten different scorers. 

The Three Stars:

1. Jeff Wittig (Brampton)
2. Lucas Beaver (Ohsweken)
3. Lucas Nagy (Brampton)

Saturday at the Children's Arena in Oshawa, Ontario 

Early Game:

Peterborough Timbermen 8  Whitby Steelhawks 16

While the Timbermen played the Steelhawks tough in the first quarter, Whitby was able to gain a 2-0 advantage.  After trading goals early in the second quarter, the Steelhawks blew the game wide open with a six goal run, taking a 9-2 lead to halftime. 

Whitby continued the onslaught scoring the only three goals of the third quarter (2 on the power-play).  While Peterborough fought back in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done.  Whitby gets the lopsided 16-8 victory. 

Trent Boyd (2g,5a), Nikolai Farrus (4g,3a), Luke Keenan (2g,2a), Liam Osbourne (2g 0a) and Curtis Romancych (2g,0a) led the way for Whitby.  Devin Pipher (1g,5a) was the playmaker. 

Austin Murphy (3g,0a), Nathan Schultzkie (1g,2a) and Dylan Goddard (1g,1a) led the way for the Timbermen.  Riley Curtis (1g,5a) was the playmaker. 

The Three Stars:

1. Nikolai Farrus (Whitby)
2. Curtis Romanchych (Whitby)
3. Luke Keenan (Whitby)

Late Game 

Paris RiverWolves 10  Oshawa 14

A see-saw battle saw each team get in front by two goals.  By halftime Paris had a slight 6-5 advantage. 

The second half saw Oshawa score six of the next seven goals to take control of the game.  The teams then traded goals the rest of the way for a 14-10 Outlaws victory.  Jake Lazore was spectacular in the Outlaws net, holding the powerful RiverWolves attack to only ten goals on the afternoon.

A balanced Oshawa attack saw Gareth Haigh (2g,4a), John St. John (2g,3a), Geoff McNulty (2g,2a), Josh Gilray (2g,1a) and Adam Hawrelak (2g,0a) lead the way for the Outlaws. 

Kurtis Woodland (4g,3a) and Luke Robinson (3g,2a) led the way for the RiverWolves. 

The Three Stars:

1. Jake Lazore (Oshawa)
2. Adam Hawrelak (Oshawa)
3. Chase Cosgrove (Paris)

Sunday Afternoon at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA)

Toronto Monarchs 8  Six Nations Snipers 13

This game was nip and tuck for the majority of the first half, with the score being tied on three seperate occasions.  The Snipers got on a four goal run, and scored five of the next six to end the first half with an 8-4 lead.   

The Monarchs took control in the third quarter, scoring three of the four goals to bring the game within two goals.  However, the Snipers put together a four goal run in the fourth quarter to secure their first win of the season.  Dustin Hill was superb in the Snipers net, only giving up eight goals in the game.

Thunder Hill (5g,3a) and Josh Miller (2g,2a) led the charge for Six Nations, with Tye Argent (1g,5a) and Sid Powless (1g,3a) as the playmakers. 

Parker Pipher (2g,1a) and Riley Ford (2g,0a) led the way for the Monarchs, with Tanner Buck(1g,3a) being the playmaker. 

The Three Stars:

1. Dustin Hill (Six Nations)
2. Thunder Hill (Six Nations)
3. Craig Wende (Toronto)