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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Lots of fellas are drafted to play Major Series Lacrosse. And while that’s not to suggest it’s a ho-hum sort of deal, there are some guys out there who see it as a dream come true. We can count Curtis Perry among the latter. He just finished a 4-year career with the Peterborough Junior Lakers, but when the Brooklin Redmen called his name in Round 4 of last month’s draft, it was the culmination of a dream that was rooted in hard work. That’s because there aren’t a lot of lacrosse players coming out of Nipissing, Ont., especially players who catch the eye of MSL teams. “I was pretty excited when I first found out,” Perry told North Bay Nipissing. “It was always a dream of mine to play in the MSL, so it was exciting to be selected. I wasn’t expecting this at all, I knew there was always a possibility, but hadn’t thought about it too much. It was a nice surprise.” Besides making Perry’s dream come true, watching Perry advance adds credibility to a Nipissing lacrosse program that continues to build. “I think more than anything, it shows that our program has some strong players in it and that we have the potential to be successful in the league,” Nipissing coach Jon Moore said.
The Brooklin Redmen have made a deal to bring back a player they weren’t able to protect in the Major Series Lacrosse draft. Brooklin, who chose to protect Whitby Warriors star graduating forwards Curtis Knight and Dan Lintner in the draft, have dealt Mike Lum-Walker, Damon Edwards and a 2nd-round draft pick next year to the Oakville Rock in exchange for Graeme Hossack and Andrew Smistad.
Hossack is a two-time OLA Jr A all-star defender who won Minto Cups with the Warriors in 2011 and 2013. The big, strong lefty is a shut-down D man, but he took on more of a transition role for Whitby last summer, scoring 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 19 games, then adding 16 points in 21 playoff games. He’s a good bet to go in the first round of the stacked 2015 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. Oakville selected Hossack with the third overall pick in this year’s MSL draft, held last Sunday. READ MORE »
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 »
There are plenty of players who head from Ontario to Alberta, often in search of more playing time or just an adventure in a different part of the country. But there aren’t that many players who are able to go from the relatively underdeveloped lacrosse centres of Alberta to the hotbed of lacrosse that is Ontario and take a step up at the same time. That’s exactly what Jake Hayes did, though. The lefty forward/transition player from Calgary came out of the Okotoks Raiders junior system then spent a year playing Senior B in the Rocky Mountain League.
That is hardly a springboard to Major Series Lacrosse. It’s the route the small but shifty Hayes had to follow if he wanted to realize his dream of playing at the highest level possible, and he made it happen. Hayes had a successful rookie season with the Brooklin Redmen, too, scoring 8 goals and 12 assists for 20 points in 15 games and proving he can be an effective off-ball, complementary player with a galaxy of stars around him. That’s good experience for what he’ll need to do if he can make his next dream come true: getting drafted to the National Lacrosse League. With the draft coming on Monday, he won’t have to wait long to find out whether his lacrosse journey from Calgary will culminate in a call from the NLL. READ MORE »
Last night: Six Nations Chiefs clinch Major Series Lacrosse championship with 9-7 win over Brooklin Redmen
The Six Nations Chiefs are headed to the Mann Cup for the first time since 1996 after completing a sweep of the Major Series Lacrosse playoffs with a 9-7 win over the Brooklin Redmen. It was the toughest win of the MSL finals for the Chiefs, but they scored the final 3 goals of the game to pull out the win and book their tickets to British Columbia to face the winner of the Western Lacrosse Association finals in the Mann Cup starting September 6.
Cody Jamieson, who received the first Johnny Shooter Davis award as MSL playoffs MVP, scored the first 2 goals and the last 2 goals of the game to lead Six Nations to the win. The Chiefs, who had outscored the Redmen by a total of 12-3 in the first periods of the first three games of the series, found themselves trailing 4-3 after 20 minutes last night. READ MORE »
It’s hardly surprising that with the Six Nations Chiefs on their way to building a 3-0 lead in the Major Series Lacrosse finals, frustrations began to build for the Brooklin Redmen and we wound up seeing a couple of tussles in Game 3. Steve Priolo threw a couple of punches at Cody Jamieson during play, so Rory Smith stepped in at the next faceoff and let Priolo know he wasn’t happy about that. The two proceeded to engage in a spirited tilt. Just a couple of minutes before the game ended, it was Stephen Keogh’s and Scott Gamble’s turn to dance. Both fights are shown in this video, including replays. You can catch any rematches, as well as the rest of the game, via pay per view webcast of Game 4 Monday at 8 pm at this link.
It’s not often that 4 goals will win a lacrosse game, but that was enough for the Victoria Shamrocks last night. Scott Ranger scored the only goal of the overtime period to give them a 4-3 win over the Langley Thunder, evening up the Western Lacrosse Association finals at two games each. The lack of scoring wasn’t for a lack of shots, as the Shamrocks outshot the Thunder 61-50 in the game, but Brodie MacDonald made 57 saves and Matt Vinc 47 to keep the goal totals down. Cory Conway opened the scoring for Victoria but Langley responded with a pair from Brett Mydske and Alex Turner to lead 2-1 after the first period. Each team scored just once in the second period, with Mydske and Conway connecting again. Rhys Duch’s power play goal at 5:55 was the only marker of the third period, setting the stage for the extra frame. Conway and Matt Yager set up Ranger for the overtime goal that came at 2:09 and the Shamrocks held on the rest of the way to keep the series alternating wins at each team’s home arena. READ MORE »
It’s pretty much been all downhill for the Brooklin Redmen since they eliminated the Peterborough Lakers to advances to the Major Series finals. They’re down 2-0 in the series to the Six Nations Chiefs and really, can you fault them? The series with Peterborough went 7 games, they had 1 night off to regroup and plan, then got stuck in traffic on the way to Game 1, their late arrival meaning they had no chance to warm up before the game. “We’re not out of it,” Brooklin coach Wayne Colley told DurhamRegion.com. “We just have to focus on what we have to be doing. Some people are trying to do things out of normal, trying to carry somebody else. We have to go back to the basics and do your own jobs.” The series resumes with Game 3 tonight at Six Nations as the Chiefs try to earn their first Mann Cup berth since 1996. Brooklin’s last Mann Cup appearance was in 2000.