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Last Night: K-W builds confidence, playoff positioning with victory over Brooklin

The Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks are in, so now it’s a matter of pride. Sunday’s 8-7 win over Brooklin strengthened the positioning for the Kodiaks, who sit in third place by themselves in the Major Series standings as the final week of the regular season kicks in. The Kodiaks can finish no higher than third, but their final game of the season is Wednesday against Six Nations, which sits just behind K-W in fourth with 16 points. K-W has a 2-1 series lead for the season on Six Nations, so Wednesday’s game could mean a lot between the No. 3 and No. 4 seed, especially if the Chiefs win their game tonight against Oakville. How this all shakes down obviously remains to be seen, but this is the kind of fun that brings us back to the game again and again and again. READ MORE »


St. Catharines is pleased with progress

The St. Catharines Athletics weren't thrilled about being swept in the first round, but having a playoff series to be in was a big improvement from their 2013 season. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
The St. Catharines Athletics weren't thrilled about being swept in the first round, but having a playoff series to be in was a big improvement from their 2013 season. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

It’s a start, say the St. Catharines Athletics. Yes, they were swept in the first round of the playoffs this year, but at least they were in the playoffs. And that was a long way away from last summer’s 3-17 nightmare that wasn’t even close to the postseason. General manager Sean Allen said plenty of work remains, but finishing this summer with an 8-12 mark in the regular season wasn’t so much about changing schemes as it was mindset. “Just looking at rebuilding our brand, our culture, that winning mentality where it just becomes expected and we are able to deliver on it because the boys in the room firmly believe in will happen every night we step on the floor,” Allen told the St. Catharines Standard. “Last year it had to have been void because it was a lackluster effort but we were thoroughly impressed with many aspects of this year.” And so, it’s a start. And since the A’s graduate just 4 players, there’s a sense that they can hardly wait for the 2015 season.


London Blue Devils searching for GM

Got what it takes to be the general manager of a lacrosse team? The Junior B London Blue Devils are searching for the right candidate to serve the volunteer position of GM for the 2015 season for the Blue Devils, who finished 4-16 this summer and out of the playoff picture. Team officials say they’re looking to re-establish a “strong team brand and community involvement.” Duties of the position include, but are not limited to, hiring a coaching staff, serve on the Board of Directors, develop and maintain a budget, sign players, market and elevate lacrosse in London and maintain compliance with the OLA. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 22. If you’re interested, contact dir_administration(at) londonlacrosse.com.


WLA Notebook: Key matchup for playoff picture is Saturday in Coquitlam

Coach Bob Salt and the Adanacs are in a tight race for a WLA playoff berth. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Coach Bob Salt and the Adanacs are in a tight race for a WLA playoff berth. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

The playoff picture for the Western Lacrosse Association got a bit clearer last night, but by no means is it settled. New Westminster rode the result of a solid defensive effort in a 10-6 win over the Langley Thunder, which puts the Salmonbellies in fourth place all alone with 14 points. At least for now. All that does is keep 6 teams grouped within 10 points, and 5 of those teams are within 7 points. So what we know today is that the Victoria Shamrocks have first place locked up, and Maple Ridge (19 points) and Burnaby (18) are in, we just don’t know where. We also know that Langley has been eliminated because of last night’s loss. So the fight for the final playoff berth is still up for grabs and before it’s all said and done, there are plenty of teams with something to say. “We need some help but it’s our own fault,” Bob Salt, coach of a Coquitlam team that’s still alive, told The Now News. READ MORE »


Weekend Watch: Six Nations heads into big MSL matchup against Oakville

Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Randy Staats, right, and Six Nations have some winning to do if they want to be a playoff team. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

As the final week of the regular season of the Major Series kicks in, here’s what we know: Brooklin can’t be caught, and Brampton can’t catch anyone. As for everyone else in between, there’s a lot to be decided and there’s a game this week that will have a lot to say about that. The Redmen have a league-best 26 points and although second-place Peterborough (20) can’t overtake the top spot, they’ve got some pursuit from Kitchener-Waterloo (16) and Six Nations (14). Those are the top 4 teams and would be the playoff field if the season ended today, but the season does not end, so let’s see what all the fuss is about the weekend matchup. READ MORE »


Coyle, Gill and Stroup to return as coaches of Colorado Mammoth in 2015

Chris Gill will be back as bench boss for the Mammoth, along with Pat Coyle and Dan Stroup. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
Chris Gill will be back as bench boss for the Mammoth, along with Pat Coyle and Dan Stroup. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)

The Colorado Mammoth announced on Thursday that the team has removed the ‘interim’ title from its coaching trio and signed Pat Coyle, Chris Gill and Dan Stroup to two-year contracts. The former Mammoth players were hired in early March and led the team to a winning record and a postseason berth. “Pat, Chris and Dan did a phenomenal job down the stretch this past season, and got buy-in from players and the front office,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “I’m excited for the future, and confident the coaches will take this team to new heights.” READ MORE »


Six Nations Council honors Knighthawks

The Rochester Knighthawks were honored for winning their third straight NLL championship. (Photo: Provided)
The Rochester Knighthawks were honored for winning their third straight NLL championship. (Photo: Provided)

The Six Nations Council honored the Rochester Knighthawks Wednesday for winning their National Lacrosse League record third straight Champion’s Cup. Knighthawks President Lewis Staats and Assistant General Manager Landon Miller accepted the plaque commemorating the 2014 Championship Season from Six Nations Elected Chief G. Ava Hill at the Community Hall. The presentation preceded the first of an inspirational speakers’ series initiated by the Chief Hill. “I thought it was fitting to have the Champion’s Cup there with what they’re trying to do with setting goals,” said Staats. READ MORE »


Road to the Minto Cup: Semifinals in Ontario heat up, finals in B.C. and Alberta kick off

The Junior A playoffs are in beast mode with each semifinal series through 3 games. Brampton’s got a 2-1 lead on Whitby, the defending Minto Cup champion, and Peterborough’s overtime win last night gave the Lakers a 2-1 series lead on No. 1 seed Six Nations. Out West, the top-seeded New Westminster Salmonbellies opened with a Game 1 win over Coquitlam and with 2 games scheduled for this weekend, the ‘Bellies will find out if they can take complete control or if they’ll have a fight on their hands with the Adanacs. And in Alberta, the finals kick off with Game 1 tonight. The Junior Mounties, who are playing for the first time since July 6, take on the Junior Raiders for Alberta supremacy. READ MORE »


Last Night: Whitby avoids 0-3 deficit, while Peterborough tops Six Nations in OT

Dan Michel, left, and Peterborough have Greg Longboat and Six Nations in a tight spot. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Dan Michel, left, and Peterborough have Greg Longboat and Six Nations in a tight spot. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

One step forward, one step back. That’s how it went down in the Ontario Junior A playoff scene last night. The Whitby Warriors took the step forward, posting a 14-9 win over the Brampton Excelsiors to avoid a 0-3 deficit in the series. The Excels still hold a 2-1 lead, but if they’re to knock out the defending Minto Cup champs, at least they know now it won’t happen quietly. As for the step back, the No. 1 seed Six Nations Arrows did that as the Peterborough Lakers took a 2-1 series lead with last night’s 12-11 overtime win. It’s a bit of a surprise to see the Arrows in this situation, and that’s not a knock on the Lakers, who have been playing some of the best lacrosse in the province in the last half of the season. But when an Arrows team starts a season 14-0, it looked as though there were few challengers. The Lakers certainly are letting the Arrows know otherwise. READ MORE »


MSL Power Rankings: Redmen back on top, Chiefs fighting to make playoffs

The Chiefs and Lakers could be on a collision course for a first-round playoff meeting. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
The Chiefs and Lakers could be on a collision course for a first-round playoff meeting. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

Who would have thought the Six Nations Chiefs would be battling for a playoff spot at this point in the Major Series Lacrosse season? Before the summer started, the defending Mann Cup champs looked like they’d be the class of the league again. But an unsettled roster and uninspired play has left them sitting in fourth place, needing some wins to make sure they get a spot in the post-season. Six Nations is a game ahead of Oakville with a home and home coming this week against the Rock. While the Chiefs should have their full lineup together now that the world field lacrosse championships are done, they still have to find chemistry and they need to do it in a hurry. The second through fifth spots are still uncertain, but what we do know is that Brooklin will finish in first and Brampton will miss the playoffs. The rest will play out over the next eight days. Make the jump to see where everyone stands with the regular season waning. READ MORE »