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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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 »
The first trade of 2014 has happened in Major Series Lacrosse, between the Oakville Rock and the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. Oakville picks up yet another Toronto Rock player in transition man Scott Johnston, adding to a growing stable of players in the Toronto system on the Oakville team. They also receive big defender Brad Gillies and KW’s first-round pick, third overall in this year’s draft that will take place this Sunday, January 19th in Whitby.
The Kodiaks receive a handful of players, a few of whom have either been playing on the West Coast or haven’t been playing summer lacrosse. Daryl Veltman is a 28-year-old lefty forward with the Calgary Roughnecks who is from Georgetown and played Junior A for the Orangeville Northmen, but has spent his entire senior career with the Coquitlam Adanacs. Dean Hill is also a lefty forward and is a Native of Six Nations, where he played his junior lacrosse. He spent three years with the WLA’s Victoria Shamrocks but has played Senior B in Quebec the past two summers. Jay Card is a right-shooting forward who hasn’t played a lot of summer lacrosse recently. He spent a year of Junior A with Orangeville in 2007 and played partial seasons in 2009 with the Junior B Halton Hills Bulldogs and 2010 with the New Westminster Salmonbellies. KW also gets transition players Jake and John Quarrie and Oakville’s third-round pick in this year’s MSL draft.
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 »
The Peterborough Lakers have been in this situation before. Backs against the wall, looking like they’re in trouble and having a hard time finding their game. And just like they’ve done many times before, they came out firing and won a critical playoff lacrosse game to keep their playoff run from going onto life support. Last night it was an 11-3 victory over the Brooklin Redmen that pulled them within 2-1 in the Major Series Lacrosse semi finals. And after struggling at times all over the floor in the first two games, Peterborough controlled pretty much all phases of Game 3. READ MORE »
The summer is the busy season for professional lacrosse players. Many players spend time playing in multiple leagues in both the United States and Senior box leagues in Canada. Playing in more than one league is not uncommon, but playing goalie in two different leagues, box and field, is another story. Dillon Ward is having a busy summer playing goalie for both the Hamilton Nationals in the MLL and Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks in the MSL. In May, Ward finished his senior season at Bellarmine with the nation’s best save percentage in field lacrosse and garnered a few notable awards, including ECAC Goalie of the Year and 3rd Team All-American. Not bad for a kid who prefers the small confines of a box field and never expected to be playing in the MLL this summer. READ MORE »
The Six Nations Chiefs opened the 2013 Major Series Lacrosse playoffs the same way they went through the regular season; they combined a balanced offensive attack with stingy defence and goaltending to win, in this case taking out the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks 13-7 in the first game of their MSL semi final. Craig Point was the top gunner this time, with 4 goals and 4 assists, including the first 2 goals of the game and a pair in the 7-3 second period that gave the Chiefs control of the game. Colin Doyle scored 3 goals and 3 assists and Cody Jamieson added 2 goals and 4 assists for the Chiefs. Defensively, Six Nations limited the Kodiaks to 34 shots, of which Evan Kirk stopped 27 to earn the win in goal.
Seven different players scored for KW, who came back to tie the game up through the first period after Six Nations had scored the first 3 goals of the game. They couldn’t come back from the Chiefs scoring the first 3 goals of the second period as well, though. Drew Petkoff’s unassisted marker 18 seconds before the midway mark of the game stemmed the Six Nations’ momentum briefly. Very briefly. Six Nations responded with 2 goals in the next 40 seconds and KW was never able to challenge again. The score was 10-6 after the second period, then once again the Chiefs opened the third with the period’s first 3 goals. READ MORE »
The Major Series Lacrosse regular season is finished and, while there were some surprises along the way, there’s nothing too surprising about how the final order of teams aligned. The powerful Six Nations Chiefs finished first followed by the defending Mann Cup champion Peterborough Lakers, who barely edged out the promising Brooklin Redmen. The upstart Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks grabbed fourth place and the final playoff spot with the first winning record in franchise history. Trailing the pack were the Brampton Excelsiors and Oakville Rock, who look like they have bright futures but who figured to struggle in the present. Now the playoffs get under way tonight and IL Indoor has a preview of the KW vs Six Nations semi final. Look for a preview of the Brooklin vs Peterborough series to follow. 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 »