Controversy Surrounds MSL Opener

Gary Groob
All Lacrosse All The Time  – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

For a while, it didn’t look like the game on Six Nations would take place between the Brooklin Lacrosse Club, and the Six Nations Chiefs.   There were no OLA sanctioned refs at the game.  Luckily, there were two volunteer refs in the crowd who wound up doing the game, so it could take place at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

Was it sanctioned?  Certainly not by the OLA.

This game was supposed to be a celebration of Bread & Cheese Day for the First Nations community, and for the Creator.  The politics of the governing bodies interfered with this celebration, causing needless ill will.

To the game:

Brooklin got off to a quick start with Dyson Williams opening the scoring. Matt Duncan then increased the score to 2-0.

Although the Chiefs outshot Brooklin, they were held off the scoresheet.

After one period, Brooklin 2 Six Nations 0

Shots on goal favored the Chiefs 17-14.

2nd Quarter:

Randy Staats, in his first game back from his injury, got the Chiefs on the board for the first time in 2022.   Dyson Williams, with his second of the game answered for Brooklin, restoring the two goal lead.  Kobe Whitcomb then scored for Six Nations with a beautiful behind the back shot. Again Brooklin responded when Mitch Wilde put it past Dustin Hill, in net for the Chiefs.

Sam LeClair showed what a difference maker he could be in the league scoring the next two for Six Nations, tying the game up with just 3:59 left in the second.  Chase Martin gave the Chiefs their first lead of the night just before the end of the period.

After two periods, Chiefs 5 Brooklin 4.

Third Period:

Brooklin started the third on a mission.

Cody Ward opened the scoring to tie the game up, followed by Dyson Williams with his third of the game shorthanded giving Brookin the 6-5 lead.

Marshall Powless tied the game up for the Chiefs with a laser of a shot, followed by Kellen Leclair scoring the go ahead goal with 9:50 left in the third.  Randy Staats then got his second of the game quick sticking a pass from Vern Hill.  Kobe Whitcomb scored his second of the night at 7:52, followed by Vaughn Harris with a beautiful individual effort, shorthanded, to increase the Six Nations lead to four.

Final Score, Six Nations 10 Brooklin 6.

  • Shots on goal were 62-36 in favor of the Chiefs.

Darryl Smart, who broadcasts Chiefs games tweeted this about the OLA’s actions this evening…

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.