The Cobourg Kodiaks (1-3) were looking to build on their last game, a big character win vs. Oakville, exacting revenge on the Brooklin Lacrosse Club (4-0) at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) on Tuesday night. The last time these teams met on July 27th, Brooklin spanked the Kodiaks 14-7.
The Brooklin team has been playing very well, showing off a tremendously high powered offense, with a stingy defense. Brad McArthur (Coach and GM of Brooklin) has this team firing on all cylinders to this point, and hoped to keep them rolling over their competition.
Brooklin Lacrosse Club hung Cory Upshaw’s Jerseys above their bench to wish him well in his recovery from a serious off roading accident. Cory is recovering in hospital and is in serious condition.
The goalie match-up had a newbie in net for Brooklin with Joel Watson making his MSL debut, while Kevin Orleman was tending goal for the Kodiaks.
Although the game started off tentative, with Cobourg leading after one quarter 2-1, the scoring awoke in the second with the Brooklin Lacrosse Club exploding for seven goals.
Connor Kearnan led the way with five goals in the first half, and with just a little bit of time left in the half Mitch Wilde launched a bomb from his own zone into the Cobourg net to making the score 8-5. Cam Milligan, Travis Longboat, and Tye Kurtz led the way for the Kodiaks in the first half.
At the half, Brooklin 8, Cobourg 5
The third quarter had Bennett Drake score for Cobourg, but Curtis Knight answered back for Brooklin to restore the three goal lead. Austin Murphy, and Curtis Knight (with his third of of game) increased the Brooklin lead to 11-6, but Bennett Drake with his second of the quarter, brought the Kodiaks back within four goals.
After three quarters, Brooklin 11, Cobourg 7
Cobourg continued to press in the fourth quarter with Benett Drake scoring his third of the game, Scott Dominey scoring on a one handed shot, and Marcus Minichello closing the gap to just one. After a penalty to Cobourg’s Rob King, Curtis Knight gave Brooklin a little breathing room by scoring his fourth of the night on the power play.
The game had opened up with both teams getting good chances, but the great goaltending of Kevin Orleman, and Rookie Joel Watson kept the score at 12-10.
Scott Dominey scored his second of the game to narrow it to a one goal game again, but Austin Murphy came right back with a low shot that beat Orleman making the score 13-11. Cobourg made a final push to try and score with under a minute left, but the stifling defense, and goaltending of Brooklin kept the the Kodiaks at bay.
Final Score, Brooklin 13, Cobourg 11
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.