Brooklin’s Defense Stilfles Excelsiors

The Brampton Excelsiors (2-8) visited the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (4-3) at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex in Whitby, Ontario.

In their last meeting on June 14th Brooklin outlasted the Excelsiors 7-6 in overtime.  It was Connor Kearnan’s first game back with Brooklin, and made a splash with three goals, including the game winner.  The Excelsiors showed a balanced attack with six different scorers in the game.

James Whiteford (8g,18a) leads the Excelsiors in both goals and assists.  Zac Carrigan (8g,11a) and Parker Pipher (1g,15a) lead the Brooklin squad in goals and assists respectively.

The goaltending match-up had Lucas Nagy in net for the Excelsiors facing Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin.

In a defensive struggle, Brooklin found enough offense in the later stages of the second period to take the lead for good.  Good penalty kills also played a part in shutting down the Excelsiors keeping them 0 for 5.  Brampton made a push in the third, but Brooklin was up to the task, winning the low scoring affair 6-3.

To The Game:

In a period that was dominated by Brooklin, Lucas Nagy looked great making 21 saves.  The only goal that beat him was a shot from Sean Westley converting a Josh Toguri feed at 17:15.

After one period, Brooklin 1 Brampton 0.
Shots on goal were 22-9 in favor of Brooklin.

Second Period:

The Excelsiors opened the second period scoring when Henry Follows was able to beat Hutchcraft off a James Whiteford pass at 2:32.

A lot of end to end action turned this game into a track meet, both goalies were standing tall.

Brooklin regained the lead with Tristan Hannah converting a Connor Kearnan pass at 15:24, followed by Brady Kearnan scoring on the power-play off a Kyle Waters feed at 16:27. 

Brooklin got in some penalty trouble near the end of the period with three penalties called on the same play.  Brooklin had to sit two players, and a penalty shot was awarded as well.

Josh Medeiros took the penalty shot but was thwarted by Riley Hutchcraft.  Brampton was unable to take advantage of the penalties, with Brooklin doing a great job on the defensively.

After two periods, Brooklin 3 Brampton 1.
Shots on goal were 19-14 in favor of Brampton.

Third Period:

Robert Hudson opened the third period scoring for Brampton blasting a Henry Follows feed at 2:33, but Connor Kearnan answered back off a Tristan Hannah pass at 4:47. 

Carter Zavitz brought the game within one again converting a James Whiteford pass just 0:25 seconds later, followed by Kyle Waters scoring off a Connor Kearnan feed at 13:02.  Ryan Keenan picked the far corner on the power-play off a Brady Kearnan pass at 18:37.

Final score, Brooklin 6 Brampton 3.
Shots on goal favored Brooklin 15-13.

The Three Stars:

1. Connor Kearnan
2. Lyle Waters
3. Lucas Nagy

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal were 51-41 in favor of Brooklin.
  • Brampton went 0 for 5 on the power-play, also missing a penalty shot.
  • Brooklin went 2 for 3 on the power-play.

Top Scorers:

Brampton Excelsiors:

  • Henry Follows 1g, 1a
  • Carter Zavitz 1g, 1a
  • James Whiteford 0g, 2a

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Connor Kearnan 1g, 3a
  • Kyle Waters 1g, 2a
  • Brady Kearnan 1g, 1a
  • Tristan Hannah 1g, 1a

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

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.