Whitby eager to defend Minto Cup title

Reigning Minto Cup champion Whitby will have the chance to defend its title at home this summer. (Photo: Dave Fryer)
Reigning Minto Cup champion Whitby will have the chance to defend its title at home this summer. (Photo: Dave Fryer)

The Whitby Warriors are in an enviable position heading into the 2012 season. If they’re able to get back into position to defend their Minto Cup championship, they’ll be doing it on their home floor as host of the annual tournament. The first problem, at least right now, is that coach Derek Keenan won’t know the full potential of his team for another few weeks because so many players are away at school. And the problem with that problem is that the regular season starts on May 15. But that’s the way it goes for many Junior A teams and the Warriors, who opened last season with a 2-4 record, then turned it around once everyone arrived and finished the regular season on a 14-2 run en route to winning the Cup. So that keeps Keenan optimistic, along with his squad’s Junior B affiliation with Clarington, a program stocked with young talent. “So it’s kind of, show me, show us and prove that you belong and you’ll have an opportunity perhaps to win a Founders and a Minto Cup, which is a rare feat,” Keenan told DurhamRegion.com.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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