Archive for August, 2011


Presidents Cup Day 3: Muskies, Braves improve to 3-0; Miners earn first victory

The third day of the Presidents Cup saw both local squads grab wins and the St. Albert Miners – a team that has yet to medal at the cup – earn its first victory of this year’s Senior B national championship. Both the Snake Island Muskies and the St. Regis Braves improved to 3-0 and remain in the lead of round-robin play at the Turtle Dome on Cornwall Island. READ MORE »


Jacksonville Bullies will look to push rest of North American Lacrosse League around

The Jacksonville franchise in the North American Lacrosse League has a name. They will be the Jacksonville Bullies. Their logo features a bulldog gripping a lacrosse stick in its mouth and an anchor hanging from its collar.

General Manager and co-owner Chris Milo says the team liked the toughness associated with the dog but didn’t want to be confused with the University of Georgia Bulldogs, so they went with Bullies. The anchor pays homage to Jacksonville’s naval heritage. The U.S. Navy has a strong presence in the port city.


WLA: Langley Thunder seek one more series win, at the Mann Cup championships

Can Brodie MacDonald and the Langley Thunder continue their winning ways at the Mann Cup championships? The last Western team to win the Canadian national lacrosse title was in 2005.
Can Brodie MacDonald and the Langley Thunder continue their winning ways at the Mann Cup championships? The last Western team to win the Canadian national lacrosse title was in 2005.

Led by NLL scoring star Athan Iannucci and rookie goalie Brodie MacDonald, Langley upset New Westminster to win the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) title. The Thunder now hope to shock the talented eastern Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) winning Brampton Excelsiors at the Mann Cup Canadian national lacrosse championships in Langley, BC, this September 7-15.

“I’m sure the guys in Ontario are saying, ‘We’ve got ourselves a free Mann Cup,’” Langley coach Rod Jensen told the Province after his team defeated three-time defending champion Salmonbellies to advance as host of the best-of-seven championship. “We will be heavy underdogs, but we have played pretty well at the Langley Events Centre (LEC).” READ MORE »


Mann Cup is set: Brampton Excelsiors close out Peterborough Lakers for MSL title

There's no looking back for Anthony Cosmo and the Brampton Excelsiors. They earned a trip to the Mann Cup by knocking out the Peterborough Lakers four games to two in the MSL finals. (Photo: Tim Prothero/VintageLax)
There's no looking back for Anthony Cosmo and the Brampton Excelsiors. They earned a trip to the Mann Cup by knocking out the Peterborough Lakers four games to two in the MSL finals. (Photo: Tim Prothero/VintageLax)
Consider them rebuilt. In what was viewed by many outside their organization as a rebuilding year, the Brampton Excelsiors have earned a trip to the Mann Cup, downing Peterborough 9-7 last night to beat the Lakers 4-2 in the Major Series Lacrosse finals.

Peterborough was a heavy favourite heading into the series and after tying it at 2-2 looked to be in a good position to win it in six games, with games 5 and 6 at home. But Brampton went into the packed Memorial Centre and beat the Lakers back-to-back on their own floor for a total of three times in the series. READ MORE »


Playoff Performer of the Year: Whitby’s Zack Higgins, plus the All-Minto Cup teams

Whitby's Zack Higgins is the second straight goalie to be named Playoff Performer of the Year by ILIndoor.com. (Photo: Dave Fryer Photography)
Whitby's Zack Higgins is the second straight goalie to be named Playoff Performer of the Year by ILIndoor.com. (Photo: Dave Fryer Photography)

ILIndoor.com has named Whitby Warriors goaltender Zack Higgins this year’s Playoff Performer of the Year after the Warriors back-stop allowed just 11 goals in 2 games against the powerhouse Coquitlam Adanac offence en route to Whitby’s first Minto Cup since 1999. Goaltenders are gaining a reputation as the best big-game players in junior lacrosse as Higgins becomes the second straight tender to earn the Playoff Performer of the Year title. Coquitlam’s Dan Lewis won in 2010 and Orangeville runner Adam Jones was tops in the playoffs in 2009 and 2008. After sharing almost identical minutes with Alexis Buque in the regular season, Higgins’ postseason goals-against average of 8.54 started to get a closer look from coach Derek Keenan. READ MORE »


Day 2 of Presidents Cup: Snake Island and St. Regis improve their records to 2-0

Callum Crawford, left, had 6 goals and 5 assists last night for Kahnawake. (Photo: Greg Horn, Kahnawake News)
Callum Crawford, left, had 6 goals and 5 assists last night for Kahnawake. (Photo: Greg Horn, Kahnawake News)

The second day of the Presidents Cup treated fans to four different contests at A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (aka the Turtle Dome) on Cornwall Island, which sits in the St. Lawrence River and is part of the Akwesasne Mohawk reserve. Canada’s national Senior B championship, the Presidents Cup has been awarded annually since 1964, and just like any year, the event has brought together some of the best Senior B teams from across Canada to battle in the week-long tournament. In the morning game of Day 2, the St. Catherine’s Saints (the OLA champs) upended the Tri-City Bandits 14-10 for the team’s first win behind 5-point efforts by Pat McCready (2G, 3A) and Geoff McNulty (1G, 4A). READ MORE »


NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name Is … Matthew Chadderdon

Matthew Chadderdon
Matthew Chadderdon

The mindset of every position in field lacrosse brings a unique perspective to the game but when they show up to give box lacrosse a go, it’s usually the midfielders that make the most noise. Which begs the question, why is that? Where else are you gonna find a guy who can run like a deer who can play both ends of the floor, whether it’s cutting to the cage on offense or fighting through picks on defense? Middies rarely are afraid of the dirty work and Matthew Chadderdon, out of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, believes he’s one of those guys. That’s why he’s more than ready to hear his name called at the National Lacrosse League draft on Sept. 21 in Toronto. READ MORE »


North American Lacrosse League announces first draft of graduating college players

2011 grads like Villanova star defender Brian Karalunas will be eligible for NALL's college draft. Will he make the jump to box?
2011 grads like Villanova star defender Brian Karalunas will be eligible for NALL's college draft. Will he make the jump to box?

North American Lacrosse League teams will begin to populate their rosters when the league holds its inaugural college draft Thursday October 13 in New York, IL Indoor has learned. Players who completed their U.S. college lacrosse careers this spring are eligible for the draft, in which each of the five NALL teams will pick six players. The league will also hold entry and supplemental drafts for other players. Information about those drafts will be announced soon. Draft order will be determined by a lottery to be held September 12. By then the league will have announced the two teams joining Charlotte, Jacksonville and Wilkes-Barre to round out NALL’s list of teams for its first season, scheduled to start in January 2012.


Video: The disappearing art of creating wooden lacrosse sticks

If you haven’t seen the craftsmanship that goes into making a wooden lacrosse stick, this video is well worth watching. With woodies banned in the NLL and all but gone from the Canadian summer leagues, you won’t often see a player using one. The Presidents Cup web site includes stories and videos about the origins of the game and its role in First Nations’ culture.


Presidents Cup kicks off with big outings from Chad Culp and Josh Sanderson

Brodie Merrill carries the ball around Newtown's Linden Stevens. The Golden Eagles pulled off an upset of the NLL-laden Kahnawake Mohawks in the Presidents Cup opening game. (Photo: Greg Horn, Kahnawake News)
Brodie Merrill carries the ball around Newtown's Linden Stevens. The Golden Eagles pulled off an upset of the NLL-laden Kahnawake Mohawks in the Presidents Cup opening game. (Photo: Greg Horn, Kahnawake News)

Chad Culp started the Presidents Cup off with a bang, although in a losing effort, by notching 10 points in the opening game. It didn’t take long for someone to one-up him, though, as Josh Sanderson notched 12 in leading his Snake Island Muskies to a win in the third game of the day.

The Can Am champion Newtown Golden Eagles ran into a delay at the border, leaving them short-handed for the first period, but they stayed within striking range and came back to beat the star-studded Quebec League-winning Kahnawake Mohawks 14-13. Culp had 4 goals and 6 assists for the Mohawks. Five players had 4 or more points for the Eagles, with Kyle Smith notching 4 goals. READ MORE »