Lakers Jump out to Game One Victory

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

The Brooklin Lacrosse Club visited the Memorial Centre in Peterborough to face the Lakers to start the MSL playoffs. The game was played in front of 2,520 fans.

The goalie match-up had Riley Hutchcraft in net for Brooklin against Doug Buchan in net for the Lakers.

The game mirrored the one played last Thursday where the Lakers jumped out to a 9-1 lead.  This game had Peterborough jump out to an 8-2 lead enroute to a 12-8 victory.  

Brooklin was led by Brady Kearnan (3g,1a), Dyson Williams (2g,2a), and Curtis Knight (1g,1a).  Peterborough had multi-goal games from Cory Vitarelli (3g,2a), Holden Cattoni (2g,2a), Thomas Hoggarth (2g,0a), and Mark Matthews (2g,0a).

To The Game:

The Lakers got off to a quick start with Holden Cattoni opening the scoring off an Austin Hasen pass at 2:13.  Thomas Hoggarth increased the lead converting a Kiel Matisz pass at 10:19.

Luke Pilcher answered for Brooklin off a Curtis Knight pass at 11:51, but Peterborough came back with a four goal run to end the period.  Cory Vitarelli scored off a Taite Cattoni pass at 12:27, followed by Holden Cattoni scoring his second of the game off a Cory Vitarelli pass at 16:19.  Alex Pace scored off an Ian Llord pass at 17:00, followed by Joe Resetarits blasting a Kiel Matisz pass past Riley Hutchcraft at 17:26.

After one period, Peterborough 6 Brooklin 1.

Second Period:

Brooklin had a better showing in the second period.  

Mike Byrne converted a Dyson Williams pass at 1:15 on the power play, but Cory Vitarelli answered back converting a Taite Cattoni pass at 1:54.   Mark Matthews converted a Cory Vitarelli pass at 4:03.

Brady Kearnan scored for Brooklin off a Kyle Waters pass at 7:06, followed by Dyson Williams scoring on the power play off a Brady Kearnan pass at 9:23.  Kearnan got on the board with a shorthanded goal converting a Dyson Williams pass at 16:51.  Brady Kearnan scored off a Dyson Williams pass at 16:51. 

Thomas Hoggarth finished the second period scoring converting a Kiel Matisz  pass at 19:57.

After two periods, Peterborough 9, Brooklin 5.

Third Period:

The Lakers kept pushing to start the third when Austin Hasen converted a Taite Cattoni pass at 1:02, followed by Cory Vitarelli making it a six goal lead also off a Taite Cattoni pass at 8:46.

Dyson Williams scored for Brooklin off a Ryan Lanchbury pass at 9:12, but Mark Matthews answered for the Lakers scoring off a Holden Cattoni pass just 0:23 Seconds later.  Curtis Knight converted an Austin Murphy feed at 11:10, followed by Brady Kearnan scoring off a Connor Kearnan pass at 16:06.

Final score, Peterborough 12 Brooklin 8.

Game Stats:

  • Shots on goal favored Brooklin 50-43
  • Brooklin won the faceoff battle 12-11.
  • Brooklin was 2 for 5 on the power play, while the Lakers went 0 for 2.
  • Peterborough leads the best of seven series 1-0.

Top Scorers:

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Brady Kearnan 3g, 1a
  • Dyson Williams 2g, 2a
  • Curtis Knight 1g, 1a

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Cory Vitarelli 3g, 2a
  • Kiel Matisz 0g, 5a
  • Taite Cattoni 0g, 5a

Next game is Tuesday night at the Iroquois Park Sports Centre in Whitby, Ontario.  Game time is 8pm.

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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.