The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (8-6) traveled west to face the Brampton Excelsiors (3-13) at the Memorial Arena in Brampton, Ontario for Sunday night Major Series Lacrosse action.
Brampton is still battling with Cobourg for the final playoff spot, and this game had major implications. Brooklin leads the series 2-1 but all the games have been close, low scoring affairs. In the last five games Brooklin has gone 3-2, while the Excelsiors have only won once.
The goalie match-up had Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin facing Caleb Slinger in net for Brampton.
While Brampton played two good periods, an abysmal third left the Excelsiors on the wrong side of the scoresheet. Tanner Cook (3g,0a), Angus Rowding (2g,2a), Owen Tapper (2g,3a) and Luke Pilcher (2g,1a) led the way for Brooklin, while Brampton had nine different goal scorers. Brooklin went on to win 15-9.
To The Game:
James Whiteford opened the scoring for the Excelsiors shorthanded converting a Seth Van Schepen pass at 3:41, but Luke Pilcher answered scoring off an Angus Rowding pass at 5:04. Robert Hudson gave Brampton the lead once again on the power-play off a Josh Medeiros pass at 10:18.
Brooklin exploded for three goals with Luke Pilcher scoring his second of the game off an Owen Tapper pass at 11:28, followed by Kyle Waters converting a Kobe Hansor pass 0:19 seconds later. Jake Stevens scored unassisted for Brooklin at 12:42 chasing Caleb Slinger from the Excelsiors net.
Cooper O’toole replaced Slinger in the Brampton goal.
Jacob Saunders welcomed O’Toole to the game scoring unassisted at 13:54.
After one period, Brooklin 5 Brampton 2.
The second period had the Excelsiors jump out with three quick goals in less than a minute. Jeremy Searle scored just 0:03 seconds into the period off the faceoff. Curtis Goddard scored off a James Whiteford feed at 0:23 seconds, followed by Connor McClelland scoring just 0:09 seconds after that.
Angus Rowding answered for Brooklin off a Luke Pilcher pass at 5:04, followed by Tanner Cook converting a Jake Stevens pass at 13:30.
Josh Medeiros got the Excelsiors within one goal finishing a Seth Van Schepen pass at 17:31.
After two periods, Brooklin 7 Brampton 6.
Angus Rowding opened the third period scoring extending the Brooklin lead off a Kyle Waters pass at 0:57 seconds, followed by Tanner Cook finishing off a Jacob Saunders feed at 8:13. Owen Tapper continued the onslaught converting an Angus Rowding pass at 10:19 on the power-play.
Caleb Martin relieved Riley Hutchcraft in the Brooklin net at 11:36.
Tanner Cook continued the Brooklin run, followed by Lucus Littlejohn converting a Kyle Waters feed at 12:43.
Caleb Slinger went back in the Brampton net at 15:22.
Erich Acton stopped the Brooklin run finishing off an Eric Ward pass for the Excelsiors at 15:44.
Tempers finally boiled over with Luke Pilcher facing Rory Graham in a tussle at 16:52.
Eric Ward scored for the Excelsiors off a Seth Van Schepen pass on the power-play at 17:46, but was answered by two Brooklin goals. Owen Tapper converted a Lucas Littlejohn feed at 18:24, followed by Scott Reed scoring unassisted at 18:35.
Steven Portelli scored unassisted for the Excelsiors at 18:55, but was answered by Max Taylor just 0:07 seconds later.
Final score, Brooklin 15 Brampton 9.
The Three Stars:
1. Tanner Cook
2. Owen Tapper
3. Josh Medeiros
Brooklin Lacrosse Club:
- Angus Rowding 2g, 2a
- Tanner Cook 3g, 0a
- Luke Pilche 2g, 1a
- Seth Van Schepen 0g, 3a
- Josh Medeiros 1g, 2a
- James Whiteford 1g,1a
- Eric Ward 1g, 1a
- Steven Portelli 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.