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Fan poll: Best American to play in the NLL? It’s Mike Regan vs. Brian Langtry

Onward we march in our search for the best American-born player to strap on gear in the National Lacrosse League. Like we mentioned on Tuesday, one of the cooler things about exercises like this is seeing a name and having it spark great memories from years gone by. And today, we’ve got a feeling that’ll happen for fans of the Colorado Mammoth. That’s because longtime fan favorite Brian Langtry is going up against Mike Regan. Langtry defined the theme of wearing your heart on your sleeve, and his approach found a place in the hearts of many Mammoth fans, along with fans of other teams throughout the league. Regan did the same, of course, living a dream by playing for his hometown team. Two great players, tons of great memories but just 1 choice in the poll. So who advances today? Langtry or Regan? It’s up to you, and the only way you can let your voice be heard is by voting in the poll. READ MORE »


Toronto Rock, Garrett Billings team with RBC Royal Bank to conduct 4 clinics

RBC Royal Bank and the Toronto Rock are pleased to announce a partnership on a new initiative to help grow the game of lacrosse and get more youth involved in Canada’s National Summer Sport. RBC Play Lacrosse presented by the Toronto Rock will kick off this summer with four clinics in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto Rock star Garrett Billings will lead the clinics as participants will be taught about the rich history of the game of lacrosse as well as learning the basic skills of the sport. The program will be a fun and enjoyable experience for all youth enrolled in the clinics. READ MORE »


Green Gaels confident they can overcome series deficit against Halton Hills

Will Petschenig leads the Green Gaels with 17 points through 5 games. (Photo: Devyn Gallagher)
Will Petschenig leads the Green Gaels with 17 points through 5 games. (Photo: Devyn Gallagher)

Yes, there is a sense of urgency among the No. 1 seed Green Gaels. No, it’s not panic. There is a difference. “I think if we have the same effort we did (Sunday) and we shoot a little bit better offensively, we’re going to be OK,” Green Gaels coach Brad MacArthur told OurWindsor.ca of his team’s 0-2 Junior B playoff deficit against No. 4 seed Halton Hills. “We’re going to put ourselves in a position to go back to Halton on Friday.” The 13-5 loss in Game 1 wasn’t the start the Green Gaels wanted, but Game 2’s 7-6 loss was “one shot away from tieing it and putting it into overtime and getting some momentum.” Last summer, the Green Gaels rallied from a 0-2 deficit to beat Oakville in the semifinals. They’re confident they can do it again this summer to avoid their earliest playoff exit since a 2008 second-round loss to Halton Hills. “We have nothing to hang our heads about,” said MacArthur. Game 3 of this series is Friday at 8 p.m. at Garnet B. Rickard Rec Complex.


WLA Power Rankings- Let the fun begin as the WLA regular season winds down.

Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0
Colton Clark and the Bellies are making moves to get back into the play-off hunt. (Photo: Larry Writght0

With just a couple weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, things are really starting to heat up in the standings. Victoria has clinched a play-off berth and with a win over Langley will clinch the top spot over-all and home-floor throughout the western play-offs. But after that it’s anyone’s guess. Five points separates second from fourth while three points separate fourth from seventh.

With every game a team can jump or drop in the standings so from here on out, wins are crucial but so is staying healthy. Burnaby has been without Matt Beers since the early stages of the year and you have to think they could be a few more wins better than the seven they currently have if they had the young rugged defender in the lineup every game. It’s time to strap on the foil and get ready to go to war cause this is the time when the real season begins. The push for the post season is underway and it all starts Wednesday night in Langley. READ MORE »


St. Catharines eager to prove it can run with top-seeded Six Nations Arrows

Opening a series with a 13-5 loss, against the No. 1 seed, is not ideal. But it’s not the end, either. That’s the view of the No. 8 St. Catharines Athletics, who believe they can play with the Arrows after close contests (10-5 and 8-6 losses) during the regular season. “I know we can play with these guys. We just have to come to arena knowing we can play with them and have the confidence we can play with them,” coach Ian Rubel told the Welland Tribune. Speaking of confidence, that’s a big weapon for the Arrows, who pieced together several in-game runs in the series opener, runs the A’s need to avoid if they’re to have a chance, said Rubel. “We hung with them for a bit and then let them get four and then we played catch up from there and playing catch up with Six Nations is a difficult task for us, for anybody,” he said. Game 2 of the series is tonight in St. Catharines at 8 p.m.


Johnny Powless returns to Six Nations lineup in pursuit of his first Minto Cup

Johnny Powless (93) has won Champion's and Mann cups, but the Minto Cup has eluded him. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Johnny Powless (93) has won Champion's and Mann cups, but the Minto Cup has eluded him. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

Johnny Powless made his much anticipated return to the floor Sunday night, scoring three goals to lead the Six Nations Arrows to a 13-5 victory over the St. Catharines Athletics in Game One of the Ontario Junior “A” Quarterfinals. The game was his first since raising the National Lacrosse League’s Champion’s Cup with the Rochester Knighthawks on May 31. Powless was itching to get back in the lineup after taking six weeks off following the conclusion of the NLL season. Six Nations was also eager to welcome back one of the Arrows’ top point producers. “It’s like making a blockbuster trade for the playoffs. Adding, in my opinion, the best junior-aged player in the country is huge,” said Six Nations general manager Landon Miller, who also serves as the assistant GM of the Knighthawks. “He is a quiet leader who leads on the floor.” READ MORE »


OLA Jr A Power Rankings: Six Nations finishes on top, adds Johnny Powless

Brampton is already through its quarter final series and waiting for a semi final opponent. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Brampton is already through its quarter final series and waiting for a semi final opponent. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

How do you choose among Whitby, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough and Orangeville? The four teams all finished 12-8 in the regular season. The ties were broken through a series of tiebreakers that left them in the order they’re listed above, meaning Whitby and Orangeville squared off in one quarter final while Peterborough and KW face off in the other. Both series continued the trend by having their first two games split. Meanwhile, the Six Nation Arrows finished first in the regular season and now they add Johnny Powless—last year’s IL Indoor Canadian junior player of the year and a three-time Champions Cup winner—to the roster for the playoffs. As the Power Rankings went to press last week, it wasn’t certain who Brampton would play. This week, the Excelsiors have already dispatched Burlington in three straight games and are just waiting to see what happens in the other series. READ MORE »


Week 7 MSL Players of the Week

Playing both ends of the floor last week, Brampton Excelsiors' Chris Corbeil named Transition Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Playing both ends of the floor last week, Brampton Excelsiors' Chris Corbeil named Transition Player of the Week. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Back to our regular six game week – week seven saw a few surprises. Everything was copacetic early in the week as Brampton lost to the Oakville Rock and first place Brooklin and second place Peterborough picked up wins against Kitchener and Oakville respectively in high scoring affairs. Seemingly sick of having two points tacked onto their losing column the Brampton Excelsiors defeated the Redmen in overtime on Thursday night before picking up another two points in Six Nations on Saturday. To round out the week, the Rock won the first game in a Sunday-Monday home-and-home series with the KW Kodiaks. READ MORE »


WLA 3 Stars: Jones, Clark and Brebber step in as leaders during quiet week

Jason Jones had a steady week for Burnaby as the Lakers continue their search for consistency. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Jason Jones had a steady week for Burnaby as the Lakers continue their search for consistency. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

This past week had to be one of the tougher weeks we can remember in which picking 3 Stars for the Western Lacrosse Association was so difficult. Sometimes, you run into a problem of having to pick between so many great performances. That was not the case this past week. With a lot of big name players away for the FIL games in Denver, which also meant fewer games overall on the schedule, it was time to see who might step into roles of production. And that’s where we found Jason Jones of Burnaby, Colton Clark of New Westminster and Paul Brebber of Nanaimo, the 3 Stars this week for the WLA. READ MORE »


O’Neill: Loading up on talent provides opportunity for some, leaves other behind

The movement(s) of goalie Peter Dubenski is just 1 example of the battle for resources between teams. (Photo: BCJALL)
The movement(s) of goalie Peter Dubenski is just 1 example of the battle for resources between teams. (Photo: BCJALL)

For as long as I can remember, competitive Canadian lacrosse has had two seasons, the first half extended preseason and the second half playoff push. We could be talking about the senior leagues or the Junior A rung, but either way there are a plethora of teams that don’t resemble the lineup sheets posted in April compared to the ones in late June. Senior has had issues getting top players back from the National Lacrosse League relocation or University down south since the 90s. The Shamrock teams of the 90s I played on were usually missing our top Junior pick at a U.S. school like Chris Pratt (‘92) at Rutgers, Del Halliday (‘94) at Loyola and Bruce Alexander (‘95) to Mercyhurst. It was the same for other Senior teams and is the norm in this era of heavy Canuck recruits in the NCAA. READ MORE »