Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League – Semi-Finals

Brampton Excelsiors 8 vs. Whitby Warriors 7

The Excelsiors jumped out to a 5-0 lead en route to an 8-7 victory. A late surge from the Warriors made it interesting, but it was too little, too late. Both goalies, Steven Orleman for Brampton, and Brett Dobson for Whitby were spectacular in this game.

St. Catharines Catharines Athletics 7 vs. Mimico Mountaineers 6

A defensive jewel was played in the late game, with Cam MacLeod (in net for St. Catharines), and Devlin Shanahan (in net for Mimico) both playing stellar.

Mimico jumped out to a 4-2 lead after one period, but a stingy, stubborn defense of St. Catharines shut them down through most of the game from then on. The Mountaineers couldn’t put one by MacLeod in the third, and with just 1:54 left, Carter Zavitz scored the winning goal, earning the Athletics a spot in the finals.

Finals are Sunday August 8th @8pm

Brampton Excelsiors vs. St. Catharines Athletics
Gary Groob
Gary Groob

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.