Lakers Punch Their Ticket To The Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) Final

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

Prior to the game  the Ontario Lacrosse Association (OLA) upheld its decision to strip game two from Brooklin, giving it to the Lakers because of Gavin Prout being on the Brooklin bench while under suspension.

The Lakers (4-1) were looking to end the series with Brooklin (1-4) with a victory in game five. The attendance at Memorial Centre in Peterborough was 2,784, and the atmosphere was electric. 

The goalie match-up had Matt Vinc in net for Peterborough against Riley Hutchcraft for Brooklin.

The Lakers got off to a fast start never looking back.  Peterborough had as big as a 9-2 lead on the way to an 11-8 victory.  Brooklin tried to mount a comeback in the third, but the lead was just too daunting to overcome.   The Lakers were led by Cory Vitarelli (2g,3a), Shawn Evans (3g;1a), and Joe Resetarits (3g,0a).  Brooklin was led by Ryan Lanchbury (1g,2a), Dyson Williams (1g,2a), Kyle Waters (1g,2a), and Brady Kearnan (1g,2a) in a losing effort.

To The Game:

The Lakers got on the board first when Thomas Hoggarth was able to score off a Shawn Evans rebound at 0:38 seconds, followed by Joe Resetarits diving across the crease to convert a Taite Cattoni pass at 3:06. 

Brooklin got into the game with a Dyson Williams goal at 6:18, but Cory Vitarelli answered back blasting a Mark Matthews pass at 6:35.  Shawn Evans added to the Lakers lead finishing off a Robert Hope pass at 7:58.  Peterborough continued pressing with Joe Resetarits scoring his second of the night off a Holden Cattoni pass at 18:12. 

After one period, Peterborough 5 Brooklin 1.

Second Period:

Brooklin got on the board first with a tic tac toe play that beat Matt Vinc.  Dyson Williams scored on the power play with passes from Ryan Lanchbury, and Connor Kearnan at 2:19.  Peterborough came back with Joe Resetarits firing a howitzer off a Taite Cattoni pass at 5:24, followed by Shawn Evans converting a Mitch Ogilvie pass at 7:23.  The Lakers increased their lead when Kiel Matisz finished a Cory Vitarelli pass 0:26 seconds later for an 8-2 Lakers lead.

At that point the Brooklin Lacrosse Club replaced Riley Hutchcraft with Nick Damude in net.

Peterborough continued the onslaught with Thomas Hoggarth finishing off a Holden Cattoni pass at 11:32.  Ryan Barnable scored for Brooklin shorthanded at 14:09, but Shawn Evans went one on one with his defender and beat Damude shortside at 18:11. 

Brooklin came back with two quick goals to end the period.  Brady Kearnan scored off a Kyle Waters pass at 18:36, followed by Jake Boudreau converting a Kyle Waters pass at 19:03.

After two periods, Peterborough 10 Brooklin 5.

Third Period:

After almost six plus minutes of back and forth play, Brooklin opened the third period scoring with Luke Pilcher converting a Brady Kearnan pass at 6:41, but the Lakers stormed back on the power play with Cory Vitarelli scoring off a Kiel Matisz pass at 8:13. 

Brooklin continued to push with Ryan Lanchbury scoring on the power play off a Brady Kearnan pass at 11:33, followed by Jake Boudreau scoring unassisted to bring this to a three goal lead at 12:14. 

Peterborough was able to fend off the Brooklin challenges for the rest of the game.

Final score, Peterborough 11 Brooklin 8.

Peterborough advances to the MSL finals.

Game Stats:

  • Brooklin outshot Peterborough 51-45.
  • The faceoff battle was won by the Lakers 14-8.
  • Brooklin scored twice on the power play, also scoring a shorthanded goal.
  • Peterborough scored once on the power play.

Top Scorers:

Brooklin Lacrosse Club:

  • Ryan Lanchbury 1g, 2a
  • Dyson Williams 1g, 2a
  • Kyle Waters 1g, 2a
  • Brady Kearnan 1g, 2a

Peterborough Lakers:

  • Cory Vitarelli 2g, 2a
  • Shawn Evans 3g, 1a
  • Joe Resetarits 3g, 0a

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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.