President’s Cup – Day 5

Recapping the action on the final day of round robin play at the President’s Cup from the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario.

Game One:

Kahnawake Mohawks 11
Edmonton Miners 15

Although the Kahnawake Mohawks got off to a good start leading 3-1, a barrage from Edmonton saw them outscore the Mohawks 11-1 in the span of just over a period changed the complexion of the game.  A strong third period from Kahnawake made the game interesting, but the damage had been done.  Final score was 15-11 for Edmonton.

Mike Triolo (7-2) led the way for the Miners, while Rob Hellyer (2g,6a) and Reilly O’Connor (3g,3a) were the main offensive thrust for Kahnawake.

Game Two

Ladner Pioneers 9
Snake Island Muskies 8

In a dog fight through most of the afternoon, Snake Island took a 4-3 lead into the third period.  Ladner scored two to take the lead, and the teams battled back and forth the rest of the game.  The Muskies brought the game within one goal with just under 4:00 to play, but couldn’t solve Christian Del Bianco to tie the game.

Tyler Pace (2g,4a), Austin Shanks (2g,1a) and Zach Herreweyers (1g,3a) led the way for Ladner, while Skylar Thomas (3g,0a) and Joe Resetarits (2g,1a) were the leaders for the Muskies. Christian Del Bianco made 42 saves in the victory.

Game Three

Six Nations Rivermen 6
Tuscarora Tomahawks 9

The Tuscarora Tomahawks were able to secure their first win of the tournament beating the snake biten Six Nations Rivermen 9-6.  The Rivermen fired 51 shots on Tomahawks goalie Randy Chrysler but only found net six times.  That summed up the Six Nations President’s Cup experience this year.

Tuscarora were led by strong games from Marvin Curry (2g,2a) and James Chadwick (2g,1a).  Six Nations Mason Hill scored twice while four others got one each.

Game Four

Oakville Rock 12
Kahnawake Mohawks 10

Transition and special teams were the order of the day with both teams enjoying success on both.   After a fairly even first period, the Rock pulled away in the second period building a three goal lead.  In the third, it looked like Oakville was going to rub away with the game, but Mohawk goals by Hellyer, Fox and Buque brought the game within three.  Oakville held on for the 12-10 victory, and first place in the standings.

The Playoff Picture

1. Oakville Rock
2. Ladner Pioneers
3. Snake Island Muskies
4. Edmonton Miners

Friday September 1st Semi-Finals

3 pm  Ladner Pioneers vs. Snake Island Muskies

7 pm Oakville Rock vs. Edmonton Miners

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.