The Elora Mohawks find themselves in an enviable position. It doesn’t make it any easier, but when you have 40 players show up for camp and that group includes 5 goalies, it’s a good problem to have as they prepare for the 2014 Junior B season in Ontario. “It’s going to be a tough choice,” new coach Terry Heseltine told the Guelph Mercury. “We’re looking at changing our format a little bit. We’re kind of looking toward some youth and a lot more speed and aggression everything in changing our place. We’re looking for kids that are going to buy into the system that we’re going to but in place.” The Mohawks were bounced from the first round last summer after their 13-7 finish in the regular season so obviously, the goal is bigger for 2014. Elora begins its quest with the season opener at home on Saturday against Orangeville, and the Mohawks say they’ll be focused on having as much speed and aggression as possible. “That’s the league,” Heseltine said. “We’re going to base it around speed and aggression and transition play. That’s what we’re hoping for.”
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The Green Gaels are pleased to announce the tryout dates ahead of the 2014 Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior “B” League Season. With the continual graduation of players to the Junior “A” Whitby Warriors, or players going overage, the Green Gaels expect to see no less than 10 to 12 new faces in the lineup this season. Tryouts will play a very important role in building this seasons team, as there is opportunity for a variety of players to stake their claim on a 2014 roster spot. “We are really looking forward to getting back to work in April” says Green Gaels General Manager Paul Chamois. “Because of players going over age or signing with the Junior “A” Warriors, we have plenty of spots to fill. We congratulate our guys that signed with the Warriors and wish them the best. Our goal now is to fill the open roster spots with quality rookies who will help us carry on our tradition. READ MORE »
The Green Gaels Junior B Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce that it has confirmed its bench staff for the 2014 Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior B Season. Joining recently named Head Coach Brad MacArthur behind the bench this season as Assistant Coaches will be Nate Andres and Todd Collins.
Taking over responsibilities on the defensive end of the floor, Nate Andres will be inheriting a defensive corps handled by MacArthur since 2011. Andres, a Founders Cup National Champion with the Green Gaels in 2002, is returning to the team after playing in the Canadian Lacrosse League with the Oshawa Machine and Durham Turfdogs. Andres is familiar with MacArthur’s coaching style, playing for MacArthur in 2001, 2002, and more recently with the Turfdogs in 2013. Andres will have a strong core of defensive players that he can lean on in Ben Pitchforth, Brandon Hesson, Dalton Lundy, Alex Brennan, and Davin Lindsay. READ MORE »
If you’re a fan of the Junior B Welland Warlords, you’re now a fan of the Welland Generals. “I feel it’s time to go in another direction,” team owner Lou Savona told the Welland Tribune of the team’s name change after 13 seasons of being the Warlords. The Warlords name was chosen by a contest after Welland was awarded a Junior B expansion franchise in 2001. But Savona said he never liked the name to begin with and the change for the lacrosse team coincides with a new uniform and new team sponsor for the 2014 season, which begins in late April. “I like the stars and the colours,” said Savona, who also owns the Welland Junior Canadians of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. Savona said Bandidos and Bandits also were on the short list of new names for the team. The Generals, who finished 7-12-1 and out of the playoffs for a third straight summer, will have their registration on March 22 in the main lobby at the Welland Arena.
A 6-14 record and no playoff appearance in 2013 doesn’t sit well with the Junior B Guelph Regals, so they’re doing something about it as they prepare for 2014. “I was with the team as an assistant last year and I felt we weren’t a third-period team last year,” new coach Trevor Reid told the Guelph Mercury after a series of team sprints. “We’d play two good periods and then drop the ball and just get exhausted so we’re working on that big this year.” And as the Regals set their sites on a playoff berth, they’re targeting fitness to hopefully avoid being outscored in the final period, like they were last summer to the tune of 90 goals to 56. Guelph does have some key roles to fill as it prepares for 2014, but with 23 players at Saturday’s session, Reid likes the foundation so far. “We’ve got a good core,” Reid said. “Our size and our grittiness are looking impressive.”
We’ve spoken lately to a few lacrosse people who aren’t happy with just one job and they try to fill their lives with as much stress and duties as possible. There was Dane Stevens who’s a forward for the Minnesota Swarm and Burnaby Lakers, a rock star and jeweller. Then there was Quint Kessenich who’s not only a mainstay broadcaster for NCAA/MLL lacrosse but also an NCAA college football/basketball analyst and an avid horse racing enthusiast. Just goes to show that lacrosse people aren’t one trick ponies.
Well, Brad MacArthur may not know how to slap the bass or report from the paddocks at the Kentucky Derby but the man can sure coach lacrosse and he’s starting to get this just due. Earlier this week he was named as the latest head coach of the Barrie Blizzard, stemming off the his recent naming as head coach of the Clarington Green Gales but maybe most surprisingly, taking on the role with Team Israel for the upcoming 2015 World Indoor Championships.
A seven year NLL veteran, MacArthur has been coached by some of the sport’s best and learned many of their trick of the trade, now he’s taking his passion for playing the game and translating it to the coaching realm. This week on the Off the Crossebar Podcast we go one on one with the man of man hats, Brad MacArthur READ MORE »
In a pair of related announcements, the Orangeville Jr B Northmen and Toronto Jr A Beaches have new head coaches to lead them into the 2014 summer lacrosse season. Bruce Codd has been the Beaches coach for the last two years, but he is heading back to his Orangeville home to take over the Jr B Northmen. Codd played for the Jr A Northmen from 1994-99, winning a pair of Minto Cups with the team in ‘95 and ‘96. He was also a co-coach of the Northmen club that won the 2008 Minto. After a couple of seasons coaching the Okotoks Raiders in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League, Codd returned to Ontario to lead the Beaches, helping them creep closer to a playoff berth after several years of being a bottom-two team.
Merrick Thomson will take the step from assistant to head coach with the Beaches, according to a news release on the Beaches web site. The former Philadelphia Wings star and second overall NLL draft pick, Thompson also coaches the post graduate program at The Hill Academy. Thomson inherits a team that has struggled out of the gate the last couple of seasons but has shown steady improvement in fighting for post-season berths.
The Green Gaels will begin the 2014 season with a familiar face leading the team from behind the bench, as Brad MacArthur will replace Jason Crosbie as the club’s new Head Coach.
MacArthur, a member of the Green Gaels coaching staff from 2011 – 2013 as an assistant coach, is no stranger to the new role. In 2002, MacArthur coached the Green Gaels to their third Founder’s Cup National Championship in 5 years.
A former NLL defender who played for Rochester, Montreal, Calgary, and Toronto over the course of a 7 season pro career, MacArthur is also recognized as an alumni of the Junior B Green Gaels, playing for the team during the 1996 season. READ MORE »
On Monday evening at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, the 2013 National Lacrosse League draft took place. The Buffalo Bandits traded for 53rd overall selection, previously owned by the Toronto Rock. With that selection, the Bandits chose Dylan Goddard. Coming off a season in which he led the OLA Junior B Eastern Conference in regular season scoring with 120 points, and the OLA Junior B League in playoff scoring with 54 points, Goddard had proven his ability to both put the ball in the net and set up his teammates. READ MORE »
And so it comes to a close, the Jason Crosbie era with the Junior B Green Gaels. Crosbie announced he’s stepping down as coach after 12 seasons to get a little breathing room in his life. In addition to the Green Gaels, he was coach of the national championship midget Team Ontario, coach of the Clarington minor Gaels novice 2 team, and an assistant with the paperweights, which doesn’t leave a lot of time for his wife, Jen, and 2 young boys (Jaxton and Jarron), who are getting their lacrosse careers started. “The rigours of head coaching and being there all the time and all that sort of stress stuff was just too much,” Crosbie told DurhamRegion.com. Crosbie said he’d been thinking about this for the last couple of seasons but wanted to make sure the time was right. Apparently, that time is now, and he said the reason for coaching at the Junior B level provides him with the best memories. “Being a Jr. B coach for 12 years it’s the teaching, the development,” he said. “You want the kids to succeed. Ultimately your job is to develop them to make the next jump … I take great pride and so does the organization in seeing our kids make the jump, be successful and win championships.” The search for a new coach is ongoing.