There were seven games in Week 8 of Major Series Lacrosse action. The Six Nations Chiefs held on to their pole position with only two weeks of regular season lacrosse to play this season. Last week the Chiefs picked up their twelfth victory in a road win in Kitchener-Waterloo and only second loss of the season versus the Peterborough Lakers. Playing three games last week, the Lakers picked up wins on Thursday and Saturday before suffering a loss to the Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday night. Also playing three games last week, the Excelsiors dropped their first match before winning the next two to keep their playoff hopes alive. Both the Brooklin Redmen and Kitchener-Waterloo recorded a win and loss respectively in the two games each squad played last week.The Oakville Rock lost both their week 8 games.
For the third time this season, the Offensive Player of the Week honour goes to a Peterborough Lakers forward. Josh Gillam, who currently sits second on the Lakers in points (54) and assists (30) and third in goals scored (24) this season, recorded 11 points in Peterborough’s three games last week. Gillam scored three goals and four assists for the second time this season in Thursday’s 11-7 home win against the Brooklin Redmen before adding another goal in Saturday 11-9 win in Six Nations and three goals in Sunday’s 9-7 loss in Brampton.
Playing in both of Brampton’s victorious games last week, Excelsiors goaltender Anthony Cosmo has been named Defensive Player of the Week. Keeping hopes alive for a trip to the post-season, Brampton’s Cosmo made 42 saves in Brampton’s 10-7 win on Thursday and another 36 saves on 43 shots against the Peterborough Lakers in the Excelsiors Sunday 9-7 home win.
After playing his first two games of the season last week, Brooklin Redmen’s Scott Campbell has been named Transition Player of the Week. In his first game of the season, a 13-7 Redmen win over the Brampton Excelsiors, Campbell recorded three goals and two assists. The next evening, Campbell had a pair of helpers in Brooklin’s 11-7 loss in Peterborough.
Drafted in the first round (third overall), Jordan Critch, who the first three games of the season with the Oakville Rock before being acquired by the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in early June has been named Rookie Player of the Week. Last week Critch recorded one goal and two assists in Tuesday’s 12-10 loss to the Six Nations Chiefs and one assist in the Kodiaks 10-7 win against Rock on Sunday.
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