It didn’t take Kevin Croswell long to get used to the Canadian Lacrosse League, at least if his performance was any indication. Croswell made his first start with the Durham Turfdogs Saturday and was named the first star as he led the club to a 7-6 win over the Ohsweken Demons. He was happy to get the win; in fact, he was happy just to be playing again. “I guess I haven’t really played since early in the summer. I had a little stint there with Philly, getting into a couple of games but no real minutes in the last little while. It felt good to get in there and get a win.”
Croswell said with no knowledge of the league, he had to “just go back to basics: step out, watch the ball and hope for the best.” He was a bit surprised by the calibre of play. “it’s good lacrosse. It’s better than I thought. There’s really good players. You look at that Ohsweken team, they’ve got a lot of players who have played in the NLL or can play in the NLL. So far, so good. We’ll see what next week brings and keep going.”
Shane Scott and John St. John each scored twice for the Turfdogs (6-6), who moved into a virtual tie with Brampton for fourth place and within two points of the third-place Demons (7-6). Six different players scored goals for Ohsweken while Cory Bomberry had 3 assists.
Croswell stopped 41 shots to earn the win while Jake Henhawk made 45 saves in a losing effort for the Demons. Durham led 3-1 but Ohsweken ran off three straight goals in 1:40 of playing time to take what would prove to be its only lead of the game.
The Turfdogs tied the game up before the half then scored the only 2 goals of the third quarter just 35 seconds apart. They added the first goal of the fourth then had to hang on as Ohsweken dominated play the rest of the way. The Demons fired 15 shots at Croswell in the final frame but could only beat him twice to pull within a goal, not finding the range for the tying marker.
In Saturday’s other CLax game, the Toronto Shooting Stars pulled ahead of Ohsweken for second place by taking an early 5-1 lead then hanging on to beat the Iroquois Ironmen 11-9. Aaron Grayson put up a hat trick and a pair of assists to lead all scorers. Joe Wasson and Brad Mazzocato each scored twice and added an assist for the Shooting Stars. Craig Robertson made 40 saves and helped himself to earn the win with 4 assists. Jerome Thompson and Torrey VanEvery each scored twice for the Ironmen and Kraig Maracle had 4 assists.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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