Two games were played on this night at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC). The Brooklin Lacrosse Club were looking to stay undefeated against the Oakville Rock, while the Cobourg Kodiaks were tryin to get back on track against the Owen Sound Lacrosse Club.
Brooklin played Cobourg last night in a very entertaining game, with Brooklin just hanging on for the victory 13-11. The young Cobourg team showed they have a lot of heart and no quit in them. Under the guidance of coach Jim Milligan, this team will be a force in this league for years to come as they mature together.
The goalie match-up was Craig Wende for Oakville vs. Riley Hutchcraft for Brooklin.
Ty Thompson led the way for Brooklin with two goals in the first half, while Dylan Watson had the hot hand for Oakville. Brooklin looked to run away with this game jumping out to a 5-1 lead early in the second quarter, but steady play, and some pretty goals from Dan Lintner, Dylan Watson (with two consecutive) narrowed the gap. Kyle Waters extended the Brooklin lead, and at the the half it was Brooklin up 7-5.
Oakville started strong in the second half with two quick goals to tie it up, but Brooklin scored three of the next four goals to retake their two goal lead heading into the fourth.
The fourth quarter was all Brooklin. Scoring six times before Oakville answered, put this game out of reach. The Rock did answer with a pair of goals, but it was too little too late. Corson Kealey scored late for Brooklin, and that would round out the scoring, keeping Brooklin undefeated in this season so far.
Final score, Brooklin 17, Oakville 11.
Of note…Riley Hutchcraft (Brooklin goalie) had four assists in this game.
The goalie match-up was Nolan Clayton for Owen Sound vs. Ethan Woods for Cobourg.
A very evenly played first half, with both teams matching each other goal for goal throughout the majority of it. Tye Kurtz had two for Cobourg, while Jake McNabb had a pair for Owen Sound.
At the half, Cobourg 6, Owen Sound 5
Owen Sound tied the game up not long into the third quarter on a great personal effort by John St. John, but Cobourg exploded for three quick goals to take a commanding 9-6 lead. Josh Medeiros got one back for Owen Sound, but Dylan Hutchinson regained the Kodiaks three goal cushion on the powerplay. Jake McNabb scored the next two for Owen Sound and set the stage for an exciting fourth quarter.
After three quarters, Cobourg 10, Owen Sound 9.
The fourth quarter was all Cobourg. A six goal run put the game out of reach for Owen Sound, who never got on track in this quarter. The game got chippy near the end, but cooler heads prevailed.
Final score, Cobourg 16, Owen Sound 9.
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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).
Mr. Groob 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.