Premier Series Lacrosse: Future Stars Playoff Round 1

The 5th/6th grade division kicked off the first round of the playoffs, Sunday, the 5th.  Crabs LC 5th/6th team took on the Gators LC for game 1.  The Crabs took control of the game in the first quarter and never stepped off the gas. The Crabs downed the Gators 17-1, the game MVP for the Crabs was #63 Colton Wagner.

Game 2 of the 5th/6th grade division saw the Retrievers LC take on Sidewinders LC. The Sidewinders came out strong early in the 1st quarter, however, the Retrievers were able to rally back and take down the Sidewinders 16-2. The game MVP for the Retrievers was #2 Luke Doyle.

The first round of High School divisional games took place, Wednesday, January 8th, 2020.  The NC Knights took on Team Ho-Co.  The Knights have been constantly improving all year and we’re giving Ho-Co a run for their money through the first half. However coming into the 3rd, Ho-Co turned on the gas and stayed in the driver’s set until the final whistle. The game MVP for Ho-Co was #33, Tyler Hopkins.

Friday the 10th saw action from the Middle School division with the Bombers taking on the API Diamondbacks, and the Sidewinders taking on the Crease LC. Thursday’s games were filled with excitement as each team was battling each other from start to finish. The Bombers and Diamondbacks were neck and neck from the first whistle to the last. When the dust settled, the Diamondbacks came away with the win 12-10. The Game MVP was #1, Matthew Mitcheltree, with 3 goals. 

The second game of the evening saw the Sidewinders take on The Crease LC. If game 1 was any indication of the air of the evening, then game 2 would certainly not disappoint. While the Crease dominated the scoreboard, each team was truly trying to leave the other with a lasting impression. The game MVP for the Crease LC was number 92 with a game-high 4 goals!

There’s the rundown from the first round of the Playoffs. Thank you again or reading. Stay tuned each week for a recap of the week’s events, scores, and MVP’s!

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By Julian Maliszewski

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.



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