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OTCB Podcast- Brad MacArthur trying to wear as many hats as possible

Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.
Brad MacArthur behind the bench of the Clarington Green Gaels.

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 »


Clarington Green Gaels announce Brad MacArthur as new head coach

Brad MacArthur (coach at right) will take over as the Green Gaels Head Coach for 2014. (Photo: Devyn Gallagher)
Brad MacArthur (coach at right) will take over as the Green Gaels Head Coach for 2014. (Photo: Devyn Gallagher)

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 »


Six Nations Rebels rule the roost with constant pressure

Championship game MVP Frank Brown bulging the twine.
Championship game MVP Frank Brown bulging the twine.

It just seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Six Nations Rebels would win the Founders Cup again this summer, making them the first team to take the Canadian Junior B title three times in a row. So it was no surprise when they held off the Calgary Mounties 17-12 Sunday afternoon to finish off the Founders tournament in Winnipeg and head home with the gold medals. But the fact that it was expected doesn’t make it any less impressive. Rather, it just reinforces that the Rebels approach to the game is working. And they’re not done. Rebels General Manager Wray Maracle says his team will be back at the arena next February, starting to work towards winning it all again. READ MORE »


Back to back to back: Six Nations Rebels take the Founders Cup again

The Six Nations Rebels enjoy the fruits of their labour.
The Six Nations Rebels enjoy the fruits of their labour.

For the third straight year, the Six Nations Rebels have won the Founders Cup, the championship of Canadian Junior B lacrosse. The Rebels went undefeated in the tournament, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They downed the Calgary Mounties 17-12 in the gold medal game, led by Frank Brown’s 4 goals an 2 assists and Zach Williams‘ 2 goals and 5 assists.

Six Nations outscored Calgary in each period, 5-3, 6-5 and 6-4 in order, to earn the championship. Sean Tyrrell was Calgary’s leading scorer with a goal and 5 assists. Six Nations peppered the Calgary net, outshooting the Mounties 72-49.


Last night: Warriors rebound from loss with dominating effort at Minto


Clearly, the Whitby Warriors didn’t like losing a game in the Minto Cup’s best-of-five finals. After dropping a close decision to New Westminster in Game 2 of the series, the Warriors dismantled the Salmonbellies 13-4 last night to take a 2-1 lead in a game that turned rough, with four fights and a total of 224 minutes in penalties. Whitby outscored New West 3-1 in each of the first and third periods. As has been the case for much of the tournament, though, it was the second period where the Warriors did most of their damage, outscoring the Salmonbellies 7-2 thanks to two of their four 3-goal runs in the game. Michael MacDonald led the way with 3 goals and an assist, but the scoring was well spread out. Ten different Warriors scored goals and Ryan Keenan had 4 assists. Alexis Buque stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in the Whitby net and Josh Delves stopped both of his shots after relieving Buque with a few minutes to play. Josh Byrne scored a pair of goals for the Salmonbellies. READ MORE »


Founders Cup: Six Nations blanks Quebec, will play for berth in title game tonight

Jesse Johnson (43) and Six Nations have outscored their last 3 opponents 62-8. (Photo: Six Nations Rebels)
Jesse Johnson (43) and Six Nations have outscored their last 3 opponents 62-8. (Photo: Six Nations Rebels)

Ten goals is good enough to win a game, much less a period. Yet that’s where the Six Nations Rebels found themselves after the first period last night against Quebec. Taking a 10-0 lead into the second period, the Rebels cruised from there to a 21-0 win and a 4-0 record at the Junior B Founders Cup in Winnipeg. Austin Staats had 3 goals and 2 assists to lead the way and Frank Brown and Daniel Bo Henhawk also had 3 goals each for the Rebels. Six Nations plays ILA today at 8 p.m. for a berth in Sunday’s gold-medal game. The winner of that game will play the winner of the 5 p.m. game between Nova Scotia and Calgary. The 2 losers play for bronze on Sunday at 2. READ MORE »


Founders Cup: Six Nations dominating field in pursuit of third straight Junior B title

Frank Brown (85) of Six Nations drives past Calgary's Maitland Long to score a goal on Tuesday. (Photo: Dana Isaacs)
Frank Brown (85) of Six Nations drives past Calgary's Maitland Long to score a goal on Tuesday. (Photo: Dana Isaacs)

The Six Nations Rebels have won 2 straight Founders Cups and no team at the 2013 tournament seems to be doing much to prevent the Rebels from winning a third straight Junior B title. In Pool B, the Rebels made their latest victim, the Manitoba Selects, an 18-4 loser, which makes the Rebels the 3-0 team in the 8-team field. The Rebels have outscored their opponents 57-15, easily making them the tournament leader in both categories. And so the trek toward a third continues tomorrow for the Rebels as they take on a Quebec team that has yet to win a game in Pool A. That game is at 8 p.m., the final of four Friday games in Winnipeg, the first of which is set for a 1 p.m. start. For a recap of scores and Friday’s schedule, turn the page. For box scores and a schedule for the entire tournament, check out the official website of the Founders Cup. READ MORE »


Top Junior B teams geared up for pursuit of Founders Cup in Winnipeg starting Tuesday

The time is now for Junior B lacrosse. Well, tomorrow, if you want to be precise. But at least the top Junior B teams in all of Canada are together in Winnipeg, getting ready for tomorrow’s kickoff of the 2013 Founders Cup. It’s been a Six Nations party at the end the last 2 tournaments, and the Rebels are in line as favorites to win a third. But there are 7 other teams (Calgary Mounties, Nova Scotia, Manitoba Selects, Saskatchewan SWAT, ILA, host Manitoba Gryphons and Quebec) with something to say about that and starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the SWAT and the ILA sides will get it all going, the first of 4 games set for Tuesday. It’s the first of 3 days of round-robin play, with elimination rounds starting on Friday. It all leads up to Sunday’s gold-medal game. For daily recaps, stay tuned to ILIndoor and to check out the complete schedule, check out the tournament’s official website.


Last night: Redmen force Game 7 with thrilling double overtime win

Zach Higgins was sharp in goal to lead the Brooklin Redmen to a 7-6 win and force a Game 7 in the MSL semis. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Zach Higgins was sharp in goal to lead the Brooklin Redmen to a 7-6 win and force a Game 7 in the MSL semis. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

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 »


Last Night: Grant Jr. powers Peterborough to victory that puts Brooklin on the brink

Tyler Carlson made 31 saves for the Lakers in their Game 5 victory last night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Tyler Carlson made 31 saves for the Lakers in their Game 5 victory last night. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

The start of this Major Series playoff series wasn’t all that great for the Peterborough Lakers, who lost the first 2 games. But last night’s 15-9 win over the Brooklin Redmen got the Lakers out of that 0-2 hole and put them in control of the series with a 3-2 lead, 1 win from moving on to the MSL finals. And how are they doing it? With fundamental lacrosse. “We were disciplined and moved the ball well,” Lakers defenseman Brad Self told The Peterborough Examiner. “We were great defensively and showed balance in scoring, which you need at this time,” coach Jamie Batley added. Indeed, the Lakers are doing the little things right and it’s not as if Brooklin isn’t. It’s just that the Lakers are finding ways to do it better. READ MORE »