The last night of the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) #MSLClassic had the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (7-1) face the Oakville Rock (2-6). While the Rock struggled a bit in this tournament, they were able to showcase players like Ryan Lanchbury, Dylan Watson, Sam English, and Zack Kearney, showing that the future is very bright. The goaltending tandem of Nick Rose and Craig Wende were also a source of strength throughout the tournament.
Brooklin had a very successful tournament using a little more seasoned lineup. Connor Kearnan, Jonathan Donville, Dan Michel, Ryan Keenan, Chris Boushy, and Jake Fox all had solid tournaments, and even though they were veterans, they were still quite young. Brooklin is definitely looking to regain the glory it has been known for over the years.
This game’s goaltending match-up had Craig Wende in net for the Rock, and Joel Watson for Brooklin.
Oakville opened the scoring when Tanner Buck scooped and fired a shot past Watson at 1:59, but Brooklin answered right back by at 3:44 with Ty Thompson converting an Austin Murphy feed. Oakville regained the lead with another Tanner Buck goal at 6:06, but Brooklin again answered back when Ryan Keenan put a shot through traffic that beat Wende at 8:40. Brooklin took their first lead of the night when Ty Thompson scored his second goal of the night off a Jake Fox pass at 10:17, and that was how the quarter would come to an end.
After one quarter, Brooklin 3, Oakville 2.
The Rock opened the scoring in the second quarter when Tanner Buck flipped a beautiful pass from behind the net to Tye Argent, who made no mistake to tie the game just 0:45 seconds in. Brooklin came right back while playing 4 on 4, when Jake Fox scored at 2:50, and increased the lead just one minute later when Chris Boushy finished off a give and go from Dylan Riley, making the score 5-3.
Oakville kept pressing and were rewarded when Will Sheahan scored his first MSL career goal at 4:12 making it a one goal game again, but Adam Perroni converted a long lead pass from Jordi Jones-Smith at 7:35, then Kyle Waters put a shot just under the crossbar at 8:57. Will Sheahan scored his second of the night for Oakville on the power play with just 1:10 sending the Rock to the dressing room just down by two at the half.
At halftime, Brooklin 7, Oakville 5.
Brooklin changed up their goaltending at the start of the quarter, putting Riley Hutchcraft in net for Joel Watson.
Oakville got themselves in a bit of penalty trouble to start the third quarter, and Brooklin made them pay with two power play goals.
Chris Boushy opened the quarter’s scoring converting a Ryan Keenan pass at 2:04, then Kyle Waters scored also off a Keenan feed at 3:10 making the score 9-5. The Rock got one back in Transition when Bill Hostrawser found Devin Dunkerley, who beat Hutchcraft for his first MSL career goal at 8:20, then Tanner Buck scored his third of the game when he was able to find the loose ball in a scrum out front of the Brooklin net at 10:27.
After three quarters, Brooklin 9, Oakville 7.
The Rock changed goalies in the fourth giving rookie Adam Welsh a taste of MSL play.
Tanner Buck’s fourth goal of the night opened the fourth quarter scoring at 3:27, bringing this back to a one goal game, but two quick goals by Austin Murphy and Ryan Keenan made it a three goal game once again.
The Rock’s youthful lineup wouldn’t quit, and put together a run of their own. Will Sheahan scored a pair of goals for Oakville. First Sheahan converted a feed from Tanner Buck at 6:30, followed by a goal off a Steve Portelli pass at 7:16, and we were back to a one goal game once more.
The game was wide open at this point, with end to end action. Both teams getting good opportunities, but solid goaltending kept this a one goal game.
Oakville was finally able to break through when Tanner Buck scored his fifth of the night to tie the game at 12:12, making overtime a definite possibility in the final game of the MSL Classic tournament, but with just 0:34.3 seconds remaining, Ty Thompson scored in dramatic fashion to win the game for Brooklin.