Congratulations once again to the 2011 Mann Cup champion Brampton Excelsiors of the Major Series League (MSL) for winning their third title in four years. Led by goalie Anthony Cosmo and captain Dan Dawson, Brampton earned four straight victories to capture the best of seven series, 4-1. Read all of the ‘Road to the Mann Cup‘ game recaps and stories here on ILindoor.com, and after the jump see short video interviews.
You can’t really tell because of the poor video quality, but Dawson’s gash was dripping blood – from his head to his jersey – during this interview.
It reminded me of a memorable post Game 7 interview I had with Colin Doyle, following Brampton’s 2009 Mann Cup victory.
Doyle decided to provide his quotes while getting his chin stitched up.
Pat O’Toole said after Peterborough’s 2007 Mann Cup victory out West that guys were getting taped up like he’d never seen before.
Guess that’s all just part of winning the coveted Mann Cup.
Congrats again to the Excelsiors, and to the Langley Thunder who made it where no one expected them to.
Langley took Game 1 versus a depleted Brampton line-up and responded from a bad Game 2. They only lost Games 3 and 4 by a goal, and the teams were tied midway through the deciding Game 5.
But it wasn’t enough, as Brampton gave up an average of just 4.5 goals against over the final four games.
Dawson led all scorers with 14 points. His 86 points in 30 Mann Cup games now slots him 23rd all-time in championship scoring.
Cosmo becomes the first three-time Mike Kelly Memorial Award winner since Paul Gait snagged his third MVP title with the Shamrocks in ‘99.
Cosmo also won MVP titles in ‘08 with Brampton and ‘05 with Victoria, the last time a Western team won the Mann.
John Tavares also has three Mann Cup MVPs, with Six Nations in ‘96 and with Brampton in ‘92 and ‘93.
John Grant Jr. of Peterborough and Gary Gait of Victoria have two Mann Cup MVPs each – with the Gait brothers sharing the honors in ‘99.
Hall of Famers Geordie Dean and Paul Parnell are the only other repeat winners since ‘67.An All-America at Simon Fraser and a decorated Jr. A player for Coquitlam, Kojima began covering lacrosse in 2003 and started working for Inside Lacrosse in 2007. Email him at email@example.com or go to www.laxfuj.com.
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