The Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) showcased three entertaining games this past weekend, showing off the skill level of the league, and it’s players.
Saturday January 25th
Six Nations Snipers (0-5) vs. Peterborough Timbermen (3-2) at the Millbrook Arena in Millbrook, Ontario, saw a very evenly played game until a stretch of 13:11, between periods three and four, in which the Timbermen scored six of seven goals, taking a tied game, going in front by five goals. Peterborough hung on for the 14-11 victory in this penalty filled affair.
Vaughn Harris (4g,4a), Ty Thompson (2g,2a), and Skkylar Thomas (2g,2a) led the way for the Timbermen, while Cameron Simpson (0g,3a) was the setup guy.
The Snipers were led by Tye Argent (3g,0a), Alec Tamas (3g,0a), and Mike Mclaughlin (2g,1a), with Vern Hill (1g,3a) scoring his third shorthanded goal in as many weeks.
The Three Stars:
1. Vaughn Harris F…Peterborough
2. Landon Kells G…Peterborough
3. Kroy Arnold T…Six Nations
Whitby Steelhawks (5-0) vs. Toronto Monarchs (2-4) at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) had the undefeated Steelhawks remain undefeated, hanging on for the win 8-7.
The Monarchs played well for the majority of the game, but a lackluster second quarter, in which they were outscored 4-0, had them chasing the Steelhawks the rest of the game. Whitby built the lead to 8-2 before Toronto put forth a valiant effort scoring five. However, it was too little, too late, as they ran out of time falling just short.
Whitby was led by Dylan Hutchison (1g,2a), Liam Osbourne (2g,0a), and Cam Milligan (1g,1a), while Toronto got production from Graham Bergsma (2g,1a), Tanner Buck (2g,0a), and Cam Mancini (1g,3a).
The Three Stars:
1. Laine Hruska G…Whitby
2. Joel Watson G…Toronto
3. Mike Byrne T…Whitby
Oshawa Outlaws (2-3) vs. Paris RiverWolves (5-1) at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) had an Outlaws team eager to move up in the standings in a real test against a powerhouse in the league.
The first quarter had Oshawa playing Paris tough, holding them off the score sheet, scoring once themselves, then, the roof fell in. Paris scored eighteen of the next twenty one goals breaking the game wide open, on way to a 23-7 victory.
Brandon Robinson (5g,4a) and Kyle Dawson (5g,2a) led the way for Paris, while Connor Goodwin (1g,6a), and Dan Keane (1g,4a), were the playmakers.
Oshawa got production from Alec Simons (3g,0a), John St. John (1g,3a), and Luke Laszkiewicz (1g,3a), with singles going to Mike Rybka (1g,0a), and Josh Gilray (1g,0a).
Three games on tap…
Oshawa Outlaws vs. Whitby Steelhawks at the Children’s Arena in Oshawa, Ontario.
Peterborough Timbermen vs. Toronto Monarchs at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC)
Sunday January 26th:
St. Catharines Shockwave vs. Paris RiverWolves at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA). Game time is 2pm.
St. Catharines Shockwave…..2-3
Six Nations Snipers…………….0-6
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.