Toronto Monarchs Preview

by Stephen Stamp

Luke and Seth Laidlaw are one of the highest-scoring pair of cousins Ontario Jr B lacrosse has ever seen. Luke is a lefty who scored 114 points for the Halton Hills Bulldogs in 2012. The next year Seth, a righty, posted 113 points for the Bulldogs. The pair is back together again and will be hoping to fill Arena Lacrosse League nets for the Toronto Monarchs.

The Monarchs, who will take part in the first ever ALL game when they face the Paris RiverWolves to open the league's Showcase Event tripleheader tomorrow (Saturday, January 7) at 1 pm at Oshawa's Tributes Communities Centre, have CLax scoring whiz Shane Scott as well, so they have the potential to be explosive.

At the other end of the floor, reigning OLA Sr B most valuable player Craig Wende (Oakville Titans) will try to keep the ball out of the net for the Monarchs. Wende will be helped some veterans, including a quartet who helped the Barrie Blizzard win a Creators Cup in 2015: Spencer Janes, Michael Gillan, Rob Koger and overtime hero Jayson Crawford.

Toronto also has the player who produced one of the most interesting stat lines in lacrosse history. You've probably heard about Colin Doyle's adventures in goal for the Six Nations Chiefs, but do you recall the day that Nic Grasby had to don the pads for the Durham Turfdogs?