Major Series Lacrosse returned for the first time since the summer of 2019 with two games played at the the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) Tuesday night.
The MSL board of governors voted in favour of using the event as a trial for several different rules.
It was a different look for the league with more of a National lacrosse League (NLL) look then ever before. Gone were the three twenty minute periods, changed to four fifteen minute quarters. The net size increased to 4’9″, four seconds to vacate the crease, eight seconds to get the ball over centre upon defensive possession, faceoff positioning where non-faceoff men are situated on the restraining line, and a big one for me…gone is the ten minute total goal overtime, in favour of sudden victory, as well as a number of other tweaks to the game.
Brandon Slade led the way for the Rock with 3 goals, while Tehoka Nanticoke, and Kedoh Hill had 2 goals each for the Chiefs.
Both Dustin Hill for Six Nations, and Nick Rose for Oakville had solid games in net.
Although Brooklin started off slowly, midway through the first half they found their rhythm on way to a 14-7 victory over the Kodiaks.
Riley Hutchcraft was stellar in net for Brooklin. Kevin Orleman started for Cobourg, but was replaced midway through the third quarter by Ethan Woods.
Of note…Dan Lomas of the Kodiaks, left the game with a non-contact injury to his lower leg, and did not return.
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.