The Arena Lacrosse League had three games this weekend, all with ramifications to the standings. From teams vying for the lead, to teams looking to stay on top, the skill level and game quality was top notch in all three.
Oshawa Outlaws vs. Whitby Steelhawks at the Children’s Arena in Oshawa, Ontario. Whitby remains undefeated with a 15-11 victory.
Oshawa played the Steelhawks tough getting out to an 8-4 lead midway through the second quarter. In weeks past, the Outlaws special teams units were their secret weapon, however in this game it was their downfall. Whitby scored six powerplay goals, and three shorthanded goals, as opposed to Oshawa’s three powerplay goals, and two shorthanded goals, and that was the difference in the game.
The Steelhawks were led by Cam Milligan (4g,7a), Jeff Fernandez (3g,5a), Liam Osbourne (5g,0a), with Dylan Hutchison (0g,5a) being the playmaker.
The Outlaws were led by Luke Laszkiewicz (5g,2a), Geoff McNulty (1g,4a), and John St. John (1g,3a).
The Three Stars:
1. Cam Milligan F Whitby
2. Lukas Coote G Whitby
3. Luke Laszkiewicz F Oshawa
Peterborough Timbermen vs. Toronto Monarchs at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC).
The Timbermen jump out to a quick 7-0 lead just five minutes into the second quarter, on way to a 12-7 victory. The Monarchs played well in the second half, but had too far to climb to get back into the game.
Peterborough was led by Vaughn Harris (5g,3a), and Mitchell Geoffroy (4g,3a), with Joel Matthews (1g,3a) doing a lot of the play making.
Campbell Parker (3g,1a), and John Vezina (2g,1a) led the way for the Monarchs.
The Three Stars:
1. Vaughn Harris F Peterborough
2. Mitchell Geoffroy T Peterborough
3. Graham Bergsma R Toronto
Sunday February 2nd
St. Catharines Shockwave vs. Paris RiverWolves at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA).
Paris needed a win to keep up with the undefeated Whitby Steelhawks after their big win yesterday.
A newcomer to the RiverWolves, but not to the lacrosse world, Pat Saunders made he presence felt immediately. Saunders’ Four goals (three on the powerplay) was the difference in today’s game with Paris coming away with the 16-14 victory.
The RiverWolves looked to have the game in hand, up 15-10 with under five minutes to go, but a late Shockwave surge, had the game 15-14 with 0:24 seconds left. Paris scored once more with seven seconds left to seal the victory.
The RiverWolves were led by Cole Spear (5g,1a), Pat Saunders (4g,2a), and Josh Medeiros (3g,2a), with Connor Goodwin (1g,4a), and Dan Keane (0g,3a) playing the setup men.
St. Catharines was led by Bryan Neufeld (5g,4a), Layne Smith (3g,1a), and Kyle Pedwell (3g,0a), with Cody Menzie (1g,4a) being the setup man.
There are five games upcoming…
Friday February 7th:
Whitby Steelhawks vs. Peterborough Timbermen at the Millbrook Arena in Millbrook, Ontario. Game time is 7pm.
Saturday February 8th:
At the Children’s Arena in Oshawa, Ontario…
Toronto Monarchs vs. Oshawa Outlaws
Paris RiverWolves vs. Whitby Steelhawks in a battle for first place
Sunday February 9th:
At the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA)…
Oshawa Outlaws vs. St. Catharines Shockwave
Peterborough Timbermen vs. Six Nations Snipers
St. Catharines Shockwave…..2-4
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 10 years ago. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob had 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).
Mr. Groob 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.