The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (5-4) visited the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario to face the Excelsiors (2-11) in Major Series Lacrosse action Thursday night.
Both teams were coming off losses to Six Nations this week, and were looking to get back in the win column.
The goalie match-up had Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin facing Lucas Nagy in net for Brampton.
In a see-saw battle that saw the game tied on four seperate occasions, the Brooklin Lacrosse Club outlasted the Brampton Excelsiors 10-8.
Connor (3g,2a) and Brady Kearnan (2g,2a) accounted for half of Brooklin’s output in this game. Steven Portelli (3g,3a) and Tanner Thomson (2g,4a) were the majority of the Excelsiors offense.
To The Game:
Steven Portelli got Brampton on the board first scoring off a Tanner Thomson pass at 1:15, but was answered by Angus Rowding converting a Parker Pipher feed to tie the game at 5:01.
Brady Kearnan gave Brooklin their first lead scoring on the power-play unassisted at 7:22, but was answered by Tanner Thomson scoring off a Steven Portelli feed also on the power-play at 9:07.
Jonathan Gagliardi took a five minute unnecessary roughness penalty which put Brampton down two men (Robert Hudson was already serving a holding penalty). On the ensuing power plays, Brooklin was able to score twice. The first goal came from a Connor Kearnan blast off a Brady Kearnan feed at 11:29, followed by Devin Pipher scoring off a Jake Stevens pass at 13:44.
The Excelsiors finished the period strong however. Steven Portelli scored his second of the game off a Tanner Thomson feed at 16:42, followed by Lucas Ferreira converting a Robert Hudson pass at 19:47.
After one period, Brooklin 4 Brampton 4.
Luke Pilcher opened up the scoring for Brooklin converting a Jake Stevens pass at 1:42, but the Excelsiors came back with Rory Graham blasting a Steven Portelli feed in at 8:57.
Devin Pipher gave Brooklin the lead once more scoring off a Carter McKenzie pass at 11:20, followed by Connor Kearnan converting a Jack Boyden pass at 16:30.
After two periods, Brooklin 7 Brampton 5.
Jack Boyden increased the Brooklin lead to three converting a Brady Kearnan pass at 5:54. Tanner Thomson scored shorthanded for Brampton off a Pent Eistrat feed at 14:36, but Brady Kearnan restored the three goal lead beating Lucas Nagy off a Connor Kearnan pass at 15:47.
The Excelsiors pushed hard in the remaining minutes. Curtis Goddard scored off a Steven Portelli feed, followed by Portelli himself scoring off a Henry Follows feed at 19:18 to bring the game within one. Connor Kearnan sclred with just 0:03 seconds left to seal the two goal victory.
Final score, Brooklin 10 Brampton 8.
The Three Stars:
1. Connor Kearnan
2. Steven Portelli
3. Brady Kearnan
Brooklin Lacrosse Club:
- Connor Kearnan 3g, 2a
- Brady Kearnan 2g, 2a
- Devin Pipher 2g, 0a
- Steven Portelli 3g, 3a
- Tanner Thomson 2g, 3a
- Pent Eistrat 1g, 1a
- Lucas Ferreira 1g, 1a
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Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.
An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.
Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.
In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.
Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).
Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.
Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.