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St. Catharines Saints announce 2014 staff

The St. Catharines Saints announce 2014 coaching staff as Head Coach Jeff Dowling and Assistant Coach/Offense Matt Attwood both return for their second season after leading the Saints to the 2013 Senior B President’s Cup title. Also joining the staff for 2014 as Assistant Coach/Defense will be Jason Drury. “I am very pleased and excited to have Jeff and Matt back with the team.” said Saints General Manager Dave Colbourne. “Having Jeff and Matt return for a second season and adding Jason as a defensive coach makes us even stronger behind the bench. All three have had success as a player and coach and will look to lead the Saints to another National Title this summer.” READ MORE »

St. Catharines Saints and Owen Sound North Stars swap Senior B goalies

The Saint Catharines Saints have gotten off to an early start in preparing to defend their Presidents Cup title. The three-time defending Ontario Lacrosse Association Senior B champions have traded goalies with the Owen Sound North Stars, acquiring Ryan Masters in exchange for Scotty Komer. Komer shared the league’s top goaltender award with crease mate Jake Henhawk in 2013 when he posted a 5-2 record and 7.29 goals against average. The 36-year-old Komer didn’t appear in the playoffs as Henhawk carried the load. Masters, 24, posted a winning record for the 6-10 North Stars, going 3-2 with a goals against average of 9.46. The trade is actually a swap of teammates, as both goalies suited up for some games with the Major Series Lacrosse Brampton Excelsiors in 2013. Masters went 1-3 with a 10.17 gaa with Brampton while Komer was 0-4 with a 13.59 gaa. The Sr B season gets under way at the end of April.

Tri-City Bandits selected to play host to 2014 Presidents Cup

The Presidents Cup is headed to the West Coast. The 2014 edition of the Canadian Lacrosse Association Senior B championship will be held in Coquitlam, with the Tri-City Bandits serving as the hosts. Coquitlam is one of the three cities that comprise the Tri- City area, along with Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The Bandits actually play out of PoCo. The tournament is slated for August 25-31. The tournament’s organizing committee points out that all three communities have strong box, field and school lacrosse programs, making the area one of the hot beds of the game.

“In 2013 the Bandits won their sixth straight provincial title and look forward to get a chance to compete for a national title on their  home turf,” says Bandits Team President Randy Clough. “A very strong organizing committee is looking forward to host an outstanding, memorable event for both spectators and participants. All games will be webcast and play by play lead Jake Elliot will be on hand to announce most games during the week. The recently renovated Poirier Recreation and Leisure Center is the perfect venue for this event; it is also home of The Coquitlam Adanacs from the WLA and the 2010 Minto Cup was also played here .

The OLA’s St. Catharines Saints won the 2013 Presidents Cup after having finished third and then second in the two previous years, in both of which the tournament was won by the St. Regis Braves from the Three Nations Lacrosse League.

Ian Llord won Champions Cup, Presidents Cup and Mann Cup in 2013

Ian Llord
Ian Llord

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 »

Ian Llord has NLL title and Presidents Cup so far this season, is the Mann Cup next?

Ian Llord
Ian Llord

So how’s your 2013 going? Good? Great? Glad to hear it. Now let’s look at what Ian Llord’s been up to and compare notes. After he was cut by the National Lacrosse League’s Buffalo Bandits last fall, he landed on his feet in Rochester and won a Champion’s Cup with the Knighthawks in May. On Sunday, he won a President’s Cup with the Senior B St. Catharines Saints and on Friday, he’ll be with the Six Nations Chiefs to play for the Mann Cup in Victoria, B.C. “This is unbelievable,” Lord told The Fort Erie Times of the St. Catharines win. “This means a lot because I did it with so many close friends, my brother (Dylan), and local guys.” By anyone’s standard, that’s a pretty solid run. And just in case there’s a tie out there for most epic summer, let’s throw in Llord hanging with NASCAR star Tony Stewart at the Burger Barn back in early August. Game, set, match … to Llord.

St. Catharines wins Presidents Cup

Jason Mazachowski, left, and Mike Attwood, right, helped St. Catharines lower the boom on defense. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Jason Mazachowski, left, and Mike Attwood, right, helped St. Catharines lower the boom on defense. (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

After 8 games in 7 days, the St. Catharines Saints are champions of Senior B lacrosse. The Saints wrapped up a season’s worth of hard work and dedication with Sunday’s 8-5 win over the Kahnawake Mohawks to clinch their first Presidents Cup and finish the tournament in Kahnawake with a 7-1 record. The game was fairly evenly matched through the first 2 periods as the Saints took a 5-4 lead into the third period. But after Chris Attwood and Mitch Dumont opened the third with goals to give St. Catharines a 7-4 lead, the Mohawks couldn’t recover. Dean Hill scored the only goal of the period for Kahnawake and Jason Henhawk capped the scoring for St. Catharines with a goal in the final minute. The victory is sweet redemption for a Saints team that has come so close in seasons past with a silver medal last year and a bronze medal in 2011. READ MORE »

Video: Presidents Cup and what it means

Didn’t make it out to Kahnawake for this year’s Presidents Cup? Check out this slick piece from CBC about the Senior B championship tournament and what it means for players and management alike. St. Catharines and Kahnawake will play for the title today, starting at 3 p.m.

Presidents Cup: St. Catharines, Kahnawake to play for Senior B championship today

That the St. Catharines Saints will play today for the Presidents Cup title is no real surprise. That they’re playing the Kahnawake Mohawks is. That’s not a disservice to the talents of the Mohawks. It’s just that their 13-8 victory last night over Caughnawaga as the No. 3 seed can be categorized as a mild upset. Especially after the Mohawks lost by a sizeable 6-goal margin to the No. 2 Indians earlier this week. Nonetheless, it’s Mohawks who will be playing the No. 1 seeded Saints for today’s title and it’s the Mohawks who, as tournament host, will have the home floor advantage. At 6-1, which includes a 5-0 start at the tournament, the Saints are right were many expected them to be. The Mohawks took a bit of a different route, but all that matters at this time of year is where you are when it ends, and the Mohawks are 1 win away from making that bitter 1-2 start a distant memory. READ MORE »

Last Night: St. Catharines locks up No. 1 seed heading into Presidents Cup semifinals

Six games in 5 days will tire out anyone but hey, this is the Presidents Cup. And a majority of the teams at the 2013 edition of this Senior B championship tournament in Kahnawake are in the same boat. And whether or not fatigue or resting regulars was a factor in St. Catharines losing last night for the first time in the tournament, the Saints still are the top seed heading into today’s semifinals. Before losing to host Kahnawake 8-6 in Friday’s nightcap, the Saints were 11-6 winners over Caughnawaga and that’s the victory that launched the Saints into the No. 1 slot. “We went from the best game we’ve played all tournament to the worst game,” St. Catharines coach Jeff Dowling told The St. Catharines Standard. “It’s really mixed feelings, we got it done when we wanted too but unfortunately when we had it wrapped up we didn’t show up against Kahnawake.” READ MORE »

Last Night: Shamrocks knock off Thunder to win WLA title and clinch Mann Cup berth

The Victoria Shamrocks are heading back to the Mann Cup for the first time since 2006. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
The Victoria Shamrocks are heading back to the Mann Cup for the first time since 2006. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

The Victoria Shamrocks were not shy about their intentions before the 2013 season even started: They were gearing up for a run at the Mann Cup. And now, they get their chance. The Shamrocks put on a defensive clinic against a stacked Langley Thunder lineup and came away with an 8-3 win last night (box score), clinching the Western Lacrosse Association championship in 6 games. The back-end effort was a continuation of what they’ve been able to do in this series, and that is to put the clamps on an offense in Langley had featured the likes of Mark Matthews, Adam Jones, Garrett Billings and Athan Iannucci. Last night marked the second time in 3 games that the Thunder were held to 3 goals, and now the Shamrocks will test their defensive fortitude against a Six Nations team that has no shortage of snipers. READ MORE »