Thursday’s #MSLClassic was between the Cobourg kodiaks (1-2) and the Oakville Rock (2-1) at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC). Cobourg had a long night back on Tuesday losing to the Six Nations Chiefs 15-7 with their only bright light being Brandon Robinson with three of their seven goals. The Kodiaks had a little more seasoned lineup against the Rock in this game.
The Oakville Rock also fielded a young lineup. With up and coming stars such as Ryan Smith, Alec Simons, Mike McCannell, Ryan Lanchbury, and Matt Anderson, the future looks very bright for the the Rock.
The teams exchanged goals most of the evening, with no team getting too far ahead.
Cobourg went to the half up 8-6.
The second half had Oakville tie the game just a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter. The teams matched each other goal for goal from then on, until Cam Milligan (4g,4a) converted a Travis Longboat pass with just one minute left, giving the Kodiaks the lead. Oakville finished the game with a flurry, but were unable to put it behind Kevin Orleman (in net for Cobourg), giving Cobourg their first win of the season.
Of note, Brandon Robinson (3g,3a) had another big night for the Kodiaks, but a balanced attack with singles from Scott Dominey (1g,0a), Jackson Nishimura (1g,0a), Colton Armstrong (1g,1a), Travis Longboat (1g,1a), and two from Curtis Romanchych powered Cobourg to the win.
Oakville got big games from Ryan Lanchbury (3g,3a), Ryan Smith (3g,2a), Zach Manns (2g,3a), and Dan Lintner (2g,1a), plus singles from Bill Hostrawser (1g,2a), and Dylan Watson (1g,1a).
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.