With Major Series Lacrosse finally returning to Brampton after a few year hiatus, the Brampton Excelsiors (0-1) welcomed the Six Nations Chiefs (2-0) to the Memorial Arena to kick off their 2023 season.
Before the game Six Nations announced they had made three more deals. Shayne Jackson, Kyle Rubisch, and David Brock were all joining the team, with Jackson and Brock in the lineup for this game.
The goaltender match-up had Dustin Hill for Six Nations against Lucas Nagy for Brampton.
The Excelsiors kept it close for one period, but the much stronger, more experienced Six Nations team opened a big lead scoring seven times in the second. Although the Excelsiors kept fighting, they were no match for the Chiefs, dropping the game 18-7.
To The Game:
The Brampton Excelsiors opened the game with a bang with Andrew Borgatti scoring just 0:23 seconds in off a Carter Zavitz feed. The Chiefs tied the game when Brendan Bomberry scored shorthanded off a Randy Staats feed at 4:52. Pent Eistrat regained the Excelsiors lead on the power-play off a James Whiteford pass at 7:09, but was answered by Austin Staats converting a Shayne Jackson feed at 9:12.
Randy Staats got on the board for the Chiefs off an Austin Staats pass at 10:51, but Carter Zavitz answered for Brampton at 16:23. Larson Sundown fired a David Brock feed past Lucas Nagy at 18:14, but the Excelsiors answered just 0:44 seconds later with Andrew Borgatti scoring his second of the period. Six Nations scored with just 0:24 seconds left in the period when Austin Staats converted a Larson Sundown feed.
After one period, Six Nations 5 Brampton 4.
The second period saw the Chiefs pull away for good, showcasing Just how powerful they were this season.
Shayne Jackson opened the scoring converting a Randy Staats pass at 0:58 seconds, followed by Kellen LeClair finishing off a Larson Sundown pass at 1:47. Randy Staats added to the Six Nations lead converting an Austin Staats feed at 2:11, followed by Larson Sundown scoring just 0:27 seconds later.
Sundown himself added to the Chiefs lead at 7:32, followed by Lyle Thompson scoring on the power-play off a Cody Jamieson pass at 12:08. Austin Staats scored his third of the game off a Cody Jamieson pass at 19:24.
After two periods, Six Nations 12 Brampton 4.
Brampton opened the third period scoring with Lucas Ferriera scoring twice. First, converting a Pent Eistrat pass at 1:06, followed by finishing off a Carter Zavitz feed at 2:31. The Chiefs stormed back with Cody Jamieson finishing off a Wes Whitlow feed, followed by Lyle Thompson converting a Randy Staats pass at 4:33. Cody Jamieson then scored on the power-play off a Randy Staats feed at 4:33.
Tyler Ferriera added another goal for Brampton but Larson Sundown continued the Six Nations onslaught scoring off a Randy Staats feed at 15:04. Randy Staats scored again off an Austin Staats pass at 17:55, followed by Sundown with one more at 19:34.
Final score, Six Nations 18 Brampton 7.
The Three Stars:
- Austin Staats
- Larson Sundown
- Randy Staats
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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.