The OLA Senior B Norwood James Gang are heading back to their original home in Ennismore, just northwest of Peterborough. The team held a press conference at the renovated Ennismore arena to announce that they are returning to the town where they began their existence back in 2002. They moved to Lakefield for a couple of of years in the middle of the decade then relocated to Norwood in 2007, where they’ve played since. Business manager Doug Cordery told the Peterborough Examiner the main reasons for the move were the renovations to the building and the proximity of Ennismore. “Because of Ennismore’s location, it is a lot closer to the homes of many of our players, coaches and executive,” Cordery said. “The community is very active with the youth in this area and we plan on growing the game by offering lacrosse clinics and assisting in the formation of teams and leagues.”
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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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Caughnawaga Indians and St. Catharines Saints both remained undefeated on Day 3 of the Presidents Cup Canadian Senior B championship tournament in Kahnawake, Quebec on Wednesday. The Indians got another 17 points from the Thompson brothers even though Jeremy didn’t play in their 13-7 win over the Nanaimo Timbermen. Miles Thompson had 2 goals and 5 assists, Jerome Thompson 1 goal and 5 assists and Lyle Thompson 1 goal and 3 assists. Mitch Nanticoke was their top goal scorer with a hat trick and he added an assist. The Indians took a 2-0 lead in the first three and a half minutes of the game and led the rest of the way. They won each period, outscoring the Timbermen 5-2, 3-2 and 5-3. The ILA champion Indians are now 4-0 while Nanaimo, representing BC, drops to 0-3. READ MORE »
The Caughnawaga Indians won a pair of games Tuesday to move to 3-0 and sit atop the standings at the Presidents Cup national Senior B championship tournament, being held in Kahnawake, Quebec. Seth Oakes led the Iroquois Lacrosse Association champions to a 16-12 win over the Capital Region Axemen in the first game of the day with 5 goals and 2 assists. Mitch Nanticoke and Jeremy Thompson each contributed 3 goals while Jerome Thompson had a goal and 5 assists. Jordan Joncas had 4 goals and an assist, who reached the tournament as the runners up to the host Kahnawake Mohawks in the QSLL. The Indians followed up their morning win by downing the Mohawks 16-10 in the last game of the day, led by Miles Thompson’s 6 goals and an assist. Jerome Thompson (2g, 6a), Lyle Thompson (2g, 5a) and Nanticoke (2g, 4a) each chipped in with big point totals for the Indians. Caleb Wiles was the Mohawks’ top gunner with 4 goals and as assist while Callum Crawford chipped in a goal and 4 assists in the losing effort. READ MORE »