Arena Lacrosse League East Week 9 Recaps

by Gary Groob

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

Friday Evening 

At the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario

Toronto Monarchs 13  Brampton Express 23

Although the Monarchs got off to a good start going up 2-0 early in the first, the Brampton Express would control the rest of the half.  Scoring fourteen of the next eighteen goals, the Express would head to halftime with a 14-6 lead.  Sam Dramnitzke and Jeff Wittig led the Express with three goals each in that explosive first half.  

Brampton scored two quick goals to start the third quarter, then counter punched Toronto the rest of the way, never letting them get any closer than six goals.  The Express finished with an impressive 23-13 victory.

Jake McNabb (5g,6a), Jeff Wittig (4g,7a), Sam Dramnitzke (3g,6a), Gavin Thibeault (2g,4a) and Darcy Thompson (3g,1a) led the Express in this game.

Tanner Buck (4g,2a), Steven Portelli (2g,3a), Parker Pipher (2g,3a) and Jordan Dance (2g,2a) were the leaders for the Monarchs. 

The Three Stars:

1. Jeff Wittig (Brampton)
2. Jake McNabb (Brampton)
3. Sam Dramnitzke (Brampton)


At the Children's Arena in Oshawa, Ontario 

Early Game:

Six Nations Snipers 13  Whitby Steelhawks 21

In a fast paced, action packed first quarter the Whitby Steelhawks were able to gain a 9-6 advantage over the Six Nations Snipers.  The play was back and forth with four seperate ties before the Steelhawks finally pulled ahead for good.  The Snipers were competitive for most of the afternoon, but the talented Whitby team was just too much on this day, pulling further ahead with every quarter.  The Steelhawks would finish the day with a 21-13 victory. 

Liam Osbourne (7g,1a) led the Steelhawks offensive unit, with help from Nikolai Farrus (4g,2a), Trent Boyd (3g,2a) and Tyler Goodchild (2g,4a).  Devin Pipher (1g,8a) was the playmaker. 

Six Nations was led by Tye Argent (2g,3a), Wes Whitlow (2g,3a) and Cheyton King (4g,0a).

The Three Stars:

1. Liam Osbourne (Whitby)
2. Trent Boyd (Whitby)
3. Tye Argent (Six Nations)

Late Game:

Ohsweken Bears 11  Oshawa Outlaws 15

Throughout the entire first half neither team was able to to generate more than a one goal lead.  Tied at the half, the Outlaws put together a four goal run to change the complexion of the game.  Ohsweken got two goals back, but another three goal run put the game firmly in the hands of the Outlaws 14-9.  The Bears kept battling but Oshawa was able to secure the 15-11 win.

Gareth Haigh (5g,1a), Austin Blumbergs (4g,1a), and Josh Gilray (2g,0a) led the way for Oshawa, with John St. John (1g,6a) as the playmaker. 

Ohsweken was led by Kyle Pedwell (3g,0a), Eddie Renaud (3g,2a), and Patrik Timothee (2g,2a), with Kent Baker-Printup (0g,3a) as the playmaker. 

The Three Stars:

1. Gareth Haigh (Oshawa) 
2. Austin Blumbergs (Oshawa)
3. Eddie Renaud (Ohsweken)


At the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in Hagersville, Ontario 

Peterborough Timbermen 16  Paris RiverWolves 21

The torrid start was a back and forth affair for the first half of the first quarter.  Down 5-3, the RiverWolves put together ten of the next eleven goals taking control of the game at the half 13-6.  While rhe Timbermen came out with vigor in the third quarter outscoring the RiverWolves 5-2, Paris was able to withstand the quarter.  The RiverWolves matched Peterborough in the fourth, to win handily 21-16.

Luke Robinson (5g,5a) led the way for Paris, with help from Andy Campbell (3g,2a), Marley Angus (2g,3a), Kyle Dawson (3g,2a) and Jordan Durston (2g,3a).

Brine Rice (5g,3a) led the Timbermen, with help from Cole Hanrahan (2g,3a), Austin Murphy (2g,2a), and Skylar Thomas (2g,1a).

The Three Stars:

1. Luke Robinson (Paris)
2. Brine Rice (Peterborough)
3. Mitch Gustesvan (Paris)