Winning a Minto Cup puts a player on top of the Junior A lacrosse world. It also puts a lot of guys at the end of their Junior A road, which fosters a conflict of emotions. “All game, I kept thinking, ‘This is the last time we’re going to be in the huddle. This is the last time I’ll be running out with these guys,’ ” Orangeville defender Brad Gillies, 21, told InsideHalton.com. “It was a bittersweet thought, that’s for sure.” Making it even more special for Gillies and the Northmen was the chip on their shoulder, put there by a perceived lack of respect entering the tournament. The fact that defending champion Whitby also was hosting this year’s tournament gave Orangeville the idea that it was being overlooked. “We’ll always have this together,” he said. “This group was one of the closest I’ve been a part of. We were just like a family, and we’ll never forget this.”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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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