The Road to the Mann Cup in 2014 ends in Ontario, and Major Series Lacrosse has just released the schedule that will lead to crowning the provincial champion who will defend the Canadian senior men’s box lacrosse title, won last year in Victoria by the Six Nations Chiefs. The regular season will open and close with a pair of bookend matchups between the Brampton Excelsiors and Peterborough Lakers. Things kick off Thursday May 29 in Peterborough, where the Lakers will look to get back to the MSL finals after missing them last year for the first time in a decade. The Lakers travel to take on the Chiefs two days later. All six teams will hit the floor by Wednesday, June 4, when the Brooklin Redmen open their season at home to the Excelsiors. The regular season wraps up Thursday, July 31 with the Excels playing host to the Lakers. The top four teams will make the playoffs. Make the jump to see the full schedule. READ MORE »
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The Saint Catharines Saints have gotten off to an early start in preparing to defend their Presidents Cup title. The three-time defending Ontario Lacrosse Association Senior B champions have traded goalies with the Owen Sound North Stars, acquiring Ryan Masters in exchange for Scotty Komer. Komer shared the league’s top goaltender award with crease mate Jake Henhawk in 2013 when he posted a 5-2 record and 7.29 goals against average. The 36-year-old Komer didn’t appear in the playoffs as Henhawk carried the load. Masters, 24, posted a winning record for the 6-10 North Stars, going 3-2 with a goals against average of 9.46. The trade is actually a swap of teammates, as both goalies suited up for some games with the Major Series Lacrosse Brampton Excelsiors in 2013. Masters went 1-3 with a 10.17 gaa with Brampton while Komer was 0-4 with a 13.59 gaa. The Sr B season gets under way at the end of April.
IL Indoor brings you live blogging coverage of the Major Series Lacrosse draft of graduating junior players. The draft will start at about 12:30 ET at the league meeting in Whitby. Come back this afternoon to follow the draft as it unfolds live.
For some background on some key players, see my preview of the draft published earlier.
The first big news of the day comes in a change to the protected list for the Brampton Excelsiors. They had formerly announced that they would be protecting Jake Weidner and Dan Keane. It has just been announced that they will not be protecting Weidner. In his place, they will protect Dylan Webster.
12:28 All teams are in place at the table and initial business has been taken care of. Draft to start any minute. Make the jump to see how the draft plays out. READ MORE »
This Sunday, January 19th, the six teams of Major Series Lacrosse will hold their annual draft of graduating junior players. The draft takes place at the league’s meeting that starts at noon in Whitby and it will be live blogged right here on IL Indoor. With elite prospects like Graeme Hossack, Rob Hellyer and Chad Tutton available, the Oakville Rock are in excellent shape to help their club with the first and third picks in the draft. Brampton also is in a strong position, holding four of the first nine selections beginning with number two overall. The draft is five rounds long. The full draft order is included at the bottom of this story. The first round has an extra selection, seventh overall, that is the last vestige of the St. Regis Indians in the league. Brampton had acquired a St. Regis first-rounder in a previous trade and will make that pick at the end of the first round. READ MORE »
A pair of young stars will be switching uniforms this summer after a significant pre-draft trade in Major Series Lacrosse. The Oakville Rock have shipped goalie Tye Belanger to the Brampton Excelsiors for transition player and 2013 MSL Rookie of the Year Ethan O’Connor.
The deal brings yet another member of the National Lacrosse League’s Toronto Rock to the Oakville team that shares their name and their General Manager; Terry Sanderson fills that role for both clubs. With this trade, Sanderson has acquired the player he selected with Toronto’s first pick in the NLL draft last fall. The Rock last year also acquired goalie Nick Rose for after he completed last season in the Western Lacrosse Association.
“It’s just something where we had two number 1 goalies on our roster,” Sanderson says. “Brampton had shown some real strong interest in Tye. I know Tyler wants lots of minutes. I know Rosey wants lots of minutes. I was just a real good fit. We drafted Ethan for the Toronto Rock and really like all the potential and upside, so it just seemed like an easy fit. And he’s as close to Oakville as you’re going to get, so I think it’s a win win for everybody.” READ MORE »
Ethan O’Connor was named the Rookie of the Year in Major Series Lacrosse. Among the stiff competition he faced for that award was Jason Noble. That fact alone gives you a pretty good idea of just how good O’Connor is and why he’s likely to be selected with one of the early picks in this year’s National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. While Noble only played 11 games with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks and that worked against his chances of winning the rookie award, O’Connor was a worthy recipient based on his body of work during the summer. The righty transition player started out playing pretty well for the Brampton Excelsiors and improved throughout the 18 games he played.
He proved to be a sound defender who is up to the challenge of facing some of the top offensive players in the world. He seldom appeared to be neglecting his defensive duties in favour of leaking out up the floor for transition opportunities. But when opportunities arose, he was ready to jump at them. O’Connor was often the first player breaking out of his zone when the Excelsiors had a shot at a loose ball or rebound and is adept at finding open space to accept a pass. READ MORE »
Shawn Evans has added the Jim Murphy Award for the league’s most valuable player to the Bucko McDonald award he earned as Major Series Lacrosse’s leading scorer, MSL has announced. Evans won the scoring title by putting up 7 points in the last game of the season to overtake Shawn Williams. Evans wound up with 29 goals and 77 assists for 106 points while Williams finished with 27 goals and 776 assists for 103 points. Williams played all 20 of Brooklin’s games; Evans managed to pull out the scoring title despite missing one game while on a brief honeymoon after getting married during the season.
The Brampton Excelsiors, despite suffering their first losing season since 1990, took home a pair of league honours for individual players. Chris Corbeil was named the winner of the Merv McKenzie Award for top defensive player. Corbeil had an outstanding season in his own right and was a tremendous leader and role model for the group of young defenders with whom he played. He scored 4 goals and 10 assists while playing in 18 of the Excelsiors’ 20 games, all the while being matched up against opponents’ top offensive threats. READ MORE »
With just one week to play, the four playoff teams have been determined in Major Series Lacrosse and the four that made it are the four that everyone would have guessed before the season would have. But the Brampton Excelsiors and Oakville Rock, who missed the playoffs, didn’t make it easy on anyone in a season in which parity was the buzzword in the league. Last night’s tilt in Brooklin was a good example. The Rock led 7-4 until a brawl midway through the second period changed the momentum of the game dramatically. It didn’t help Oakville’s cause any that their two leading scorers, Stephan Leblanc and Nic Grasby, were among the 11 players in total who would be ejected from the game for fighting. Brooklin scored the final 7 goals to come away with an 11-7 victory. But just like the season as a whole, the final result doesn’t tell the whole story of the game. With all six teams in action tonight, the final playoff variable will come much closer to being settled: Brooklin and Peterborough are battling for second place and home-floor advantage in their semi final series. READ MORE »
ILIndoor is in its sixth season of doing its best to cover the best of indoor lacrosse. From the National Lacrosse League to Major Series and Western Lacrosse, we write, shoot and record the news we think is important to keep fans up to date on what’s going on. Yet for as much as we write about games here, there’s an element that’s just as important, and that’s the photographs that accompany each story. To that end, ILIndoor continues its weekly photo showcase. We’ve asked photographers who contribute to the site to submit a few of their favorites from over the years, whether it be NLL or Canadian summer lacrosse. What follows are the photos we received, along with explanations as to why these images were chosen. The showcase continues today with the work of Steve Kojima, who normally does more writing for ILIndoor than he does shooting. But the 2009 Mann Cup proved to provide a lot of fantastic photo opportunities. READ MORE »
It’s not surprising that there is still a battle for playoff positioning in Major Series Lacrosse heading into the final two weeks. What is a little surprising is where the remaining battle is shaping up. It looked like the Peterborough Lakers would push the Six Nations Chiefs for first, especially when the Lakers beat the Chiefs in Six Nations last week. But a loss to Brampton left Peterborough 5 points back and in tough to catch the front-runners. Last year’s first-place team, the Brooklin Redmen, looked like they had a shot at catching the Lakers for second. But then they lost to both of the top two teams last week and sit 5 points behind Peterborough with four games to play. No, where the race is shaping up is for third place, where the reeling and barely-above-.500 Redmen are just 2 points ahead of the surging Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. KW won both its games last week to get within a long outlet pass of the Redmen and give themselves a chance to catch Brooklin this week. READ MORE »