Connor Kearnan Has A Triumphant Return To Brooklin

The Brampton Excelsiors (1-4) traveled to Brooklin (2-2) in Wednesday night Major Series Lacrosse action at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex in Whitby, Ontario.

The Excelsiors were coming off their stunning win over the Peterborough Lakers last Thursday, and were hoping to add to their momentum.  Brooklin’s last game was last Wednesday when the Lakers beat them 14-9, they were hoping to get back to their winning ways.

The goaltending match-up had Lucas Nagy in net for Brampton facing Nick Damude for Brooklin.

A strong defensive game from both teams held the score low.  Both Nick Damude and Lucas Nagy were stellar in their respective nets all game.  Tied 6-6 after regulation, the teams headed to overtime.

In the extra period Connor Kearnan sent the Brooklin fans home happy, scoring at 3:49 to give them the 7-6 victory.

To The Game:

After a lot of back and forth action, Carson Kealey finally got Brooklin on the board converting a Luke Pilcher pass at 8:54, followed by Liam Osbourne finishing off a Parker Pipher feed at 9:21.

Brampton got on the board when Robert Hudson grabbed an errant Brooklin pass going coast to coast for the unassisted goal at 10:59, followed by a shorthanded goal by Josh Medeiros off a Curtis Goddard feed at 12:33 to tie the game.

Brooklin regained the lead on the power-play when Connor Kearnan scored from in close off a Luke Pilcher pass at 18:50, but was answered immediately by the Excelsiors when Curtis Goddard finished a Carter Zavitz feed 0:21 seconds later.

After one period, Brampton 3 Brooklin 3.

Shots on goal were tied 20-20.

Second Period:

The Excelsiors controlled most of second period, coming away with the only scores.  Tyler Ferreira converted a James Whiteford pass at 6:41, followed by Carter Zavitz finishing off a Henry Follows feed 0:26 seconds later.  Henry Follows then increased the lead to three by converting a Keaton Thomson pass at 15:54.

After two periods, Brampton 6 Brooklin 3.

Shots on goal were 15-9 in favor of Brampton, for a game total of 35-29 in favor of the Excelsiors.

Third Period:

Brooklin was equally as dominant in the third period.  Connor Kearnan opened the third period scoring on the power-play converting a Brady Kearnan to cut the Excelsiors lead to two goals at 1:07.  Brady Kearnan scored on the power-play converting a Connor Kearnan pass at 17:10, followed by Zac Carrigan scoring with the goalie on the bench tontie the game at 19:14.

After regulation, Brampton 6 Brooklin 6.

Shots on goal was 15-5 in favor of Brooklin, for a game total of 44-40 in favor of Brooklin.


Connor Kearnan scored his third of the night off a Parker Pipher feed at 3:49 to win the game for Brooklin.

Final score,  Brooklin 7 Brampton 6.

Shots on goal were 2-2 for a game total of 46-42 in favor of Brooklin.

The Three Stars:

1. Connor Kearnan
2. Nick Damude
3. Lucas Nagy

Top Scorers:

Brampton Excelsiors:

  • Carter Zavitz 1g, 2a
  • Henry Follows 1g, 1a
  • Curtis Goddard 1g, 1a

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Connor Kearnan 3g, 2a
  • Parker Pipher 0g, 4a
  • Brady Kearnan 1g, 2a

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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.