Arena Lacrosse League East Weekly Recaps - Week 13

by Gary Groob

The Arena Lacrosse League showcased five games this week.

Thursday Evening at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario 

Brampton Express 15  Paris RiverWolves 12

In the first half of a home and home series, the RiverWolves met the Express in a crucial game. Up 7-4 at the half, led by three goals from Tyler Brown (3g,3a) and a pair from Luke Robinson (2g,5a), Paris seemingly was in control.   However, Brampton put together a massive third quarter, scoring eight times to take control of the game.  Carter Zavitz (3g,4a) led the way with a hat-trick in the second half for Brampton.  Lucas Nagy was exceptional for Brampton, shutting down the potent RiverWolves offense in the final 30 minutes.  Brampton came away with a huge 15-12 victory.

Carter Zavitz (3g,4a) led the way for Brampton, with help from Jake McNabb (3g,1a) and Darcy Thompson (2g,0a).  Gage Board (1g,3a) was the playmaker.

Tyler Brown (3g,3a), Kyle Dawson (3g,0a), and Luke Robinson (2g,5a) accounted for the majority of the RiverWolves offense.

The Three Stars:

1. Lucas Nagy (Brampton)
2. Tyler Brown (Paris)
3. Carter Zavitz (Brampton)

Friday Evening At the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario 

Paris RiverWolves 13   Brampton Express 14

In the back end of the home and home, history seemed to repeat itself.  While Brampton got off to a better start up 2-0, the RiverWolves put together a four run at the end of the quarter for a 5-3 lead.  Another four goal run in the second and Paris was up 9-6 at the half. 

Brampton once again put together a strong second half, Doubling Paris 8-4 to come out on top again.  Jeff Wittig (5g,2a) was the hero scoring four consecutive goals in the fourth, including the game winner with 2:55 remaining.   The Express defense was stifling, only allowing minimal activity from the RiverWolves down the stretch.  Brampton held on for the 14-13 win.

Jeff Wittig (5g,2a), Darcy Thompson (2g,5a), Jake McNabb (2g,3a) and Curtis Ward (2g,1a) were the leaders for the Express.  Jonah Boehm (0g, 3a) and Carter Zavitz (0g,3a) were the playmakers. 

Luke Robinson (3g,5a), Mike Melnychenko (3g,0a) and Noah Simonelli (2g,1a) led the way for Paris, with Cole Spear (0g,4a) as the playmaker. 

The Three Stars:

1. Jeff Wittig (Brampton)
2. Chase Cosgrove (Paris)
3. Cole Martin (Brampton)

Saturday at the Millbrook Arena in Millbrook, Ontario 

Toronto Monarchs 16  Peterborough Timbermen 9

The Peterborough Timbermen got off to a good start matching the Monarchs every step of the way.  With the Timbermen up 5-4 in the second, the Monarchs made a push scoring five of the next six goals in the half for a 9-6 lead.  

The third quarter looked to be heading scoreless, when with less than five minutes left the teams erupted for six goals (3-3).  In the fourth Craig Wende, goalie for the Toronto Monarchs shut the door on Peterborough, not giving up a goal.  The Monarchs scored four of their own, for a convincing 16-9 victory. 

Jordan Dance (6g,0a) and Parker Pipher (3g,6a) had big afternoons for thr Monarchs, with Owen Rahn (1g,4a) as the playmaker. 

Once again the Timbermen scored by committee, with eight different scorers throughout the game.

The Three Stars:

1. Craig Wende (Toronto)
2. Jordan Dance (Toronto)
3. Jacob Gasperetti (Peterborough)

Saturday Evening At the Children's Arena in Oshawa, Ontario 

Whitby Steelhawks 13  Oshawa Outlaws 6

A defensive struggle in the first quarter had the teams tied 2-2.  Whitby put together a three of the next four goals to get out, and stay out in front. At the half the Steelhawks had a 7-4 lead.

The second half showed why Whitby has been dominant all season.  The Steelhawks shut down a powerful Outlaws offense to the tune of only two goals the entire half.  Nikolai Farrus had a hat-trick in the half, leading Whitby to the 13-6 win.

Nikolai Farrus (4g,2a) and Colton Lidstone 2g,2a) led the way for Whitby, with Devin Pipher (1g,5a) and Jordan Stouros (0g,3a) being the playmakers. 

Chris Attwood (2g,1a), Gareth Haigh (1g,2a), John St. John (1g,1a) Alec Simons (1g,1a) and Austin Blumbergs (1g,1a) accounted for the Oshawa scoring. 

Sunday Afternoon At the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Hagersville, Ontario 

Six Nations Snipers 17  Ohsweken Bears 10

Ohsweken continued to struggle Sunday afternoon against the Six Nations Snipers.  Although they got out to a 3-0 lead, the Snipers fought back for an eventual 7-6 lead at the half.  

Six Nations broke the game open in the third with a four goal run to take an 11-6 lead.  While the Bears put up a fight, they were outscored 10-4 in the second half for their ninth straight loss.  The Snipers came away with the 17-10 win.

Wes Whitlow (3g,1a), Josh Miller (2g,4a) and Daylin Hill (3g,2a) led the way for Six Nations, with Tye Argent (2g,5a) as the playmaker. 

Layne Smith (4g,2a) and Jordan Goddard (2g,0a) led the way for Ohsweken.  Weylon Abrams (1g,2a), Lucas Beaver (1g,2a) and Kent Baker-Printup (1g,2a) were the playmakers. 

The Three Stars:

1. Kinori Sugihara
2. Layne Smith 
3. Dustin Hill