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 »
There had been talk in recent years about the game of Colin Doyle and whether his 36-year-old legs could keep pace with today’s National Lacrosse League. Whether or not Doyle heard that talk, we don’t know, but he most certainly sent a message in 2013. Not only is he not done, but the 6-foot-3, 215-pound left-hander out of Kitchener, Ont., remains one of the game’s elite talent. Points-wise, he had his best NLL season with the Rock in 4 years and in the summer, he helped lead the Six Nations Chiefs to a Mann Cup victory by not only scoring points, but by stopping them as well. His stint in goal for the Chiefs will only add to his legend as a player willing to do whatever it takes to help his team win and that’s just one of the many reasons he’s on ILIndoor’s Top 50 list. READ MORE »
Ian Llord was looking forward to a pretty quiet summer after having won the Champions Cup with the Rochester Knighthawks. He was going to play some Senior B lacrosse with his hometown St. Catharines Saints and spend time at home with his family. Then he got a call from the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse. Suddenly, his quiet summer became a steady series of games leading to a chance to win an exceedingly rare triple. By the time the dust settled, the quiet, hard-working defender had also won a Presidents Cup and a Mann Cup.
“It was never supposed to be like that. It was supposed to be a pretty relaxed, laid-back summer,” Llord told IL Indoor. “I was supposed to be working on my house, playing with my kids, stuff like that. But I’ve got a really understanding and loving wife and a really close family. It was good. It was a lot of lacrosse.” READ MORE »
The 2013 Laxies are here. The sport’s premier fan-driven awards have landed, giving the readers a chance to vote for the best of the best in the game — and win prizes. Vote Now.
We’ll be breaking down the case for each player nominated for the prestigious Laxie for IL Player of the Year. Ultimately, the readers decide the fate of the award. Check our case for each nominee, then decide for yourself who should take home the hardware.
Whether its indoor or outdoor, Jamieson just keeps winning. This year is arguably the best year the Six Nations product has put together thus far in his already-historic career. READ MORE »
It’s been said before that a picture is worth 1,000 words. With that in mind, we’ve got a few pictures lined up here from the 2013 Mann Cup, courtesy of photographer Kevin Light. This year’s tournament in Victoria, B.C., featured all you would expect from a pair of league champs: great lacrosse, heightened emotion and vocal fan support. But in the end, there can be only 1 champ and this year, it was the Six Nations Chiefs. The Cup is back at Six Nations for the first time since 1996 and until someone can bring the Chiefs down, there’s no disputing that they are kings of the lacrosse world. READ MORE »
Interestingly enough, it was a loss that lit a fire for the Six Nations Chiefs. Game 3 of the Mann Cup series against Victoria saw the Chiefs trailing 6-1, and it ended with an 8-6 win and a 2-1 series for the Shamrocks. But the Chiefs responded and didn’t lose again en route to winning their first Mann Cup since 1996. “It led us to play with a certain sense of desperation,” coach Rich Kilgour told The Brantford Expositor. “When we played with that desperation, we won games. The guys kept saying, ‘keep thinking like we’re down 6-1.’ ” What’s to come down the road is yet to be known, but Kilgour said team management was rewarded for staying the course. “They supported us through the lean years. Lacrosse is king on Six Nations.”
IL Indoor had a pair of writers at the 2013 Mann Cup in Teddy Jenner and myself. We put our heads together and have produced the Mann Cup All-Star team. The team consists of three forwards, two defenders and a goalie, as all-star teams are wont to do. Given the low scores of the early games and the outstanding play of both defences, though, when we first discussed our early candidates for the team, there were actually three defence/transition players and just two forwards. But as you’ll see, another forward basically forced his way onto the team with a series-altering performance at the games progressed. So make the jump to see exactly who made the team and why. READ MORE »
Another Mann Cup is come and gone and today, the Six Nations Chiefs are celebrating. The Victoria Shamrocks, meanwhile, are wondering what might have been. It was a refreshing tournament for a variety of reasons, tops among them being the chance to see some new teams play for Canada’s top lacrosse prize. And though these teams were new, in a manner of speaking, the lacrosse was superb. Six Nations won the Cup in 6 games, its first title since 1996. The Shamrocks haven’t won the Mann since 2005 and they’ll have to wait until at least next summer to end that drought. But as the dust settles from the 2013 edition, let’s have a look at who is saying what as box lacrosse heads into its quiet season. READ MORE »