The second night of the Major Series Lacrosse Classic had a pair of teams that played the previous night with opposite results. Brooklin, behind the Stellar goaltending of Riley Hutchcraft beat the Cobourg Kodiaks 14-7, while the Six Nations Chiefs, using primarily a prospects lineup fell to the Oakville Rock 12-9.
This game was going to be more of the same, with both teams using draftees, and prospects, taking full advantage of this tournament to see what they had drafted in the last couple of years, since there hadn’t been any league play since the summer of 2019.
Brooklin had a more veteran lineup with Chris Corbeil, Curtis Knight, Connor Kearnan, Nick Chaykowski and Colton Watkinson, while the Chiefs had Tehoka Nanticoke, Jordan Durston, and Kedoh Hill, but many more younger hopefuls. Chase Martin was in net for the Six Nations Chiefs, while Zach Higgins tended goal for Brooklin.
The first half was all Brooklin, as they jumped ahead 8-1. A glimmer of hope was that the Chiefs finished the half strong scoring two quick goals near the end to make the score 8-3 at halftime.
Six Nations had much more jump in their step in the third quarter scoring two quick goals at the start chewing into the Brooklin lead. Kevin Hill scored at 11:05, then Justin Martin at 12:13 making it just a one goal game.
Brooklin finally got on the board in the third with just a few seconds left in the quarter to stop the six goal run. The goal gave them a bit of breathing room heading into the fourth up by two goals, 9-7.
The fourth quarter was a lot like the third with Six Nations getting a goal by Liam LeClair just 0:18 seconds in, and kept the pressure on trying to tie the game. Jonathan Donville scored at 6:53 (his second hat-trick in as many nights) again giving Brooklin a two goal lead. The teams exchanged goals followed by Brooklin adding another for insurance. The Chiefs didn’t quit getting one last goal by Jordan Durston but it just wasn’t enough. Brooklin held on to win 12-10.
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.