The sports community in Peterborough, Ont., is mourning the passing of Wayne Dominick, who died on Saturday from complications from the pneumonia. Mr. Dominick, who had battled other health issues in recent years, was 70. Mr. Dominick was associated with a variety of sports in the Peterborough area and also was an executive with the Peterborough Lakers. Just last year, Mr. Dominick donated a trophy — named the Johnny Davis Award — which is presented to the Major Series playoff MVP. “Wayne Dominick was a true sportsman,” Lakers president Ted Higgins told The Peterborough Examiner. “Wayne will be missed. He was very down to Earth, he and his lovely wife. They loved lacrosse and it was a pleasure to be around them.” Funeral arrangements are not yet finalized.
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The Peterborough Lakers held a lunch meeting at the Memorial Centre Saturday afternoon to officially introduce new Head Coach and General Manager Joe Sullivan to team executives, volunteers, fans and the media. Sullivan said he wanted to hold the gathering largely to assuage any concerns that bringing in a new head man meant the team was looking at rebuilding. “I think we have to change a little bit, but in no way are we broken, not at all,” Sullivan told media gathered in the Memorial Centre’s south end restaurant. He confirmed that he expects to have Andrew Suitor and Andrew Watt returning to the lineup from injuries that caused them to miss all of last season, and said there are plenty of players that want to come to Peterborough to play. For more about the Lakers new coach and the future he envisions for the team, you can read IL Indoor’s story from last Wednesday as well as stories from the Saturday gathering on MyKawartha.com and the Peterborough Examiner.
Joe Sullivan was reluctant to take on the job of Head Coach of the Peterborough Lakers. Not because he didn’t want the position, but because of the loyalty he felt to Jamie Batley, the man who formerly held the position, and the other members of the coaching staff whose contracts were not renewed after the Lakers lost to the Brooklin Redmen in the Major Series Lacrosse semi finals this past summer. But now that he has accepted the job, Sullivan is determined to get the Lakers back to playing “the kind of smash-mouth defence that everybody’s grown to love in Peterborough,” as well as getting back to winning Mann Cups.
The city that supports the Lakers like no other team in MSL, averaging about 3,200 fans per game in 2013, has grown used to winning and isn’t particularly patient about rebuilds. And Sullivan said he doesn’t expect them to be. “I don’t blame them,” he says. “I don’t think we have time to be patient. I wouldn’t have taken this job if I wasn’t up for the challenge to strive to get back on top of the MSL and win the Mann Cup.” READ MORE »
The news came on Friday, that the Peterborough Lakers of Major Series Lacrosse asked Joe Sullivan to move up from assistant coach to become the team’s new top coach and general manager. That, of course, meant Jamie Batley was out from that position after 10 seasons, leading the Lakers to 6 MSL titles and 5 Mann Cups in that time. Sullivan, who is coach and associate GM of the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, over the weekend told The Peterborough Examiner that he has accepted the new role in Peterborough. “I really wrestled with this, probably, more than people will ever realize,” Sullivan told The Examiner. “If you’d asked anybody else if they wanted this job it would have been a real quick resounding, yes. But for me, there were friends involved and I wanted them to know what I was battling. They had mixed feelings on it but at the end of the day I have to do what is right for me and my family.” READ MORE »
Apparently losing doesn’t sit well with the Peterborough Lakers. After failing to make the Major Series Lacrosse finals for the first time in a decade, the team has announced in a press release that it has asked Joe Sullivan to replace Jamie Batley as the head coach and general manager. Sullivan, who is head coach and associate GM with the National Lacrosse League’s Minnesota Swarm, has been an assistant with the Lakers for the last four years. During the 10 seasons that Batley was head coach, the team won six MSL championships and five Mann Cups. The press release says the decision was made after interviewing all four of the Lakers’ coaches; the other pair are offensive coach Jim Milligan and defensive coach Bob Keast. The full text of the press release appears after the jump. READ MORE »
It was a bit of a different experience for the Peterborough Lakers and their fans at the Trentwinds conference facility Friday night. The team held its annual year-end banquet to celebrate the season that was and present the team’s player awards. For the first time in a decade during which they won five Mann Cups, the Lakers didn’t reach the Major Series Lacrosse finals, losing in seven games in the first round to the Brooklin Redmen. And though there were several references to the unusually early end to the season, the over 100 fans, players and team personnel in attendance enjoyed the evening.
Shawn Evans was the big winner when the awards were handed out. Evans received the trophy as the team’s leading scorer for a year in which he led the entire league with 29 goals and 77 assists for 106 points. Evans also earned the team’s MVP award, capping off a year in which he took the same title for both the National Lacrosse League and MSL. Finally, Evans was selected as the Fan Favourite.
Darryl Gibson, who was coaxed out of retirement to help shore up a defensive unit decimated by injuries to three key players, was named the top defender on the team. The team inaugurated an award for top transition player last year. Brad Self won it again to remain the only player to have received the award. Another player repeated his win from last year as Mark Farthing once again was named the Most Improved Player.
Scott Self was named the team’s most sportsmanlike player and Tyler Carlson was recognized as the most dedicated player. Rounding out the awards was the rookie of the year, presented to defender Robert Hope.
The connection between Minnesota Swarm owner John Arlotta and his alma mater, Notre Dame University, is well known in the lacrosse world. So it’s probably not a surprise to many that that connection led to Swarm coaches Joe Sullivan and Bob Keast running a clinic at the South Bend, Indiana school. The pair of coaches recently did so for a group of about 60 NCAA players from Notre Dame as well as Johns Hopkins, Virginia and Delaware, according to a story in the Peterborough Examiner. Both Sullivan and Keast are also assistant coaches with the Peterborough Lakers.
“They wanted to take advantage of what we brought with the box game and to hopefully make them better,” Sullivan told the Examiner. “Before it was more open space and we showed them how to be more physical to create more opportunities. We talked about things from the box game, on both offence and defence, like the pick and roll, playing in tight and a two-man game to make quicker decisions. It’s bringing in new dynamics to the game. It was about being more aggressive and communicating, creating time and space. We talked about a lot of things.”
Sullivan also said he hopes to make the clinic, which was approved by the NCAA, a regular fall occurrence.
Derek Hopcroft scored 34 seconds into double overtime to give the Brooklin Redmen a 7-6 win over the Peterborough Lakers, forcing a seventh game to decide their Major Series Lacrosse semi final series. Game 7 will be played Sunday night at 8 pm in Peterborough. On the winning goal, Kiel Matisz drove towards the net, drawing a pair of Peterborough defenders, then flipped a pass back towards Hopcroft. With Jimmy Purves rushing out towards him, Hopcroft quickly released a shot that skipped off the concrete and found a way through Lakers goalie Tyler Carlson. 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 »
The Brooklin Redmen took a surprising 2-0 lead in their Major Series playoff series with the Peterborough Lakers, but the series is all square now after the Lakers rallied with wins in Game 3 and 4. Momentum is a tricky thing, to maintain and to steal, but the Redmen are confident they can do both. “I think if we keep running, keep going hard, do the things we’re doing, we’ll turn it around back in our favour,” Brooklin defenseman Steve Priolo told MyKawartha.com. There’s been plenty of extra-curricular activity going on in the game within the game, and the Redmen say bring it on. “Chippy’s a good game for us to play too, we love it, so you can see it in a 2-2 series, we’re both right there,” said Priolo. The series resumes with Game 5 on Monday in Peterborough.