The St. Catharines Saints are heading to their third straight Presidents Cup after sweeping aside the Six Nations Rivermen 3-0 in the Ontario Senior B finals, finishing the series off with a 10-9 come-from-behind win in St. Catharines last night. The Saints, in their third year in the OLA Sr B league, won their third straight league championship. They have won bronze and silver medals at the Presidents Cup the last two years and are now hoping to complete their climb up the podium at the tournament in Kahnawake, Quebec starting August 26.
Out west, the Langley Thunder completed a sweep of the Coquitlam Adanacs in the Western Lacrosse Association semi finals with an 11-9 win in Coquitlam. The powerful Thunder lineup is coming together as the playoffs progress and they are also hoping to take one step further up the ladder of Canadian lacrosse rankings. Langley lost to the Peterborough Lakers four games to two in last year’s Mann Cup in Peterborough. They’ve pulled together a remarkable lineup with the goal of winning the west’s first Mann Cup since the Victoria Shamrocks in 2005. Langley is likely to face the Shamrocks in the WLA finals, as Victoria holds a 3-0 lead over the Burnaby Lakers in the other semi final.
St. Catharines captain Brad Favero led the Saints’ attack with 3 goals and 2 assists while Chris Attwood added 2 goals and 3 assists. St. Catharines had to battle back to earn this win; Six Nations led 4-1 after the first period and scored again 47 seconds into the second, but the Saints outscored the Rivermen 9-4 the rest of the way to pull out the win.
Shayne Jackson was the top gunner for the Thunder with 4 goals and 3 assists and Garrett Billings (2g, 3a) added 5 points to the Langley cause. Daryl Veltman (2g, 2a) and Travis Cornwall (1g, 3a) responded with 4 points each for the Adanacs.
WLA playoffs Best of 7 semi finals
Langley 11, Coquitlam 9 (box score) Langley wins series 4-0
QSLL playoffs Best of 5 finals
Kahnawake 8, Capital Region 7 (box score) Kahnawake leads series 1-0
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