After 8 games in 7 days, the St. Catharines Saints are champions of Senior B lacrosse. The Saints wrapped up a season’s worth of hard work and dedication with Sunday’s 8-5 win over the Kahnawake Mohawks to clinch their first Presidents Cup and finish the tournament in Kahnawake with a 7-1 record. The game was fairly evenly matched through the first 2 periods as the Saints took a 5-4 lead into the third period. But after Chris Attwood and Mitch Dumont opened the third with goals to give St. Catharines a 7-4 lead, the Mohawks couldn’t recover. Dean Hill scored the only goal of the period for Kahnawake and Jason Henhawk capped the scoring for St. Catharines with a goal in the final minute. The victory is sweet redemption for a Saints team that has come so close in seasons past with a silver medal last year and a bronze medal in 2011.
Sunday’s score was indicative of how the Saints worked their season — a capable and efficient offense that scored timely goals and a defense that shut the door. The 82 goals scored through the tournament didn’t exactly overpower opponents, but the 46 goals allowed was, by far, the stingiest of the 7 teams.
Goalies Jake Henhawk (5.33 GAA, .839 save percentage) and Scotty Komer (6.48, .830) were a big factor in the success of the defense, but it also didn’t hurt having runners like Dumont, Steve Priolo, Mike Attwood, Ian Llord, Jason Mazachowski, Seth Hill and Colin Boucher in front of them to clog lanes and ruin set plays.
The defense did its work on Sunday by not allowing any Kahnawake players to score more than 1 goal. Luke Wiles, Callum Crawford, Peter Jacobs, Ty Thompson and Dean Hill were the scorers for Kahnawake and in case you’re not paying attention, that list includes 3 current National Lacrosse League players. Of course, Priolo and Llord also are NLL players too, and Henhawk is a backup in Rochester, so it’s obvious what kind of talent fans were treated to in Sunday’s championship.
But NLL ball is but a few months away and today, the Saints are celebrating and savoring their march home as champions of Senior B email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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