Junior C lacrosse has only been around in Ontario for a few years, but the level of competition at the 2011 Final Four championship has been outstanding. It all started yesterday with some rather uneventful games ending in lop sided scores. The host Clarington Shamrox went undefeated, by beating Cornwall 10-2, and Halton Hills 7-0. Halton Hills defeated Peterborough 11-6 and Peterborough got by Cornwall 9-4.
On Saturday however, all 4 teams came to play, and provided excitement on both pads at Garnet B. Rickard arena. On the main pad, Peterborough and Clarington battled back and forth all game, with the Lakers holding a 1-2 goal lead most of the way. With Peterborough up by a goal and under a minute remaning, Clarington called a timeout. Going 6 on 5 (the goalie out), the Shamrox worked that ball all the way around the outside to crease man Pat McCrory. McCrory dove across the net and fired a shot past Peterborough goalie Brandon Wilson. The game was tied 9-9 with 27 seconds left. On the ensuing faceoff, Peterborough gained possession and immediately called their timeout.
With only 12.7 seconds remaining in the game the Lakers would pull their goalie and start with the ball in their own end. Brandon Johnson would fire a shot that would miss the net. The shot bounced off the end boards and out to Darien Jacobs, who would bury the rebound with less than 1 second on the clock. The Lakers would win 10-9.
On Pad B, Cornwall and Halton Hills were in a battle of their own. With Peterborough winning, they needed a Cornwall win or tie and they would grab 1st place and a bye to the final. Clarington needed a Halton Hills win and they would receive the bye to the final. On the floor, because of the Peterborough win, the loser of this game was out of the tournament. Halton Hills would score two goal late in the game to tie the score at 16-16 after regulation time.
There was some discussion about Overtime, but it was deemed that CLA rules determined that in this final format Overtime occurs for all round robin games. Early on in Overtime Halton would get the winner and send Cornwall home. As a result, Clarington gained 1st place, Halton got second (the head to head win over Peterborough Friday), and Peterborough would get third. Halton and Peterborough will now play the semi final Saturday night at 8pm, with the winner facing Clarington on Sunday at 2pm.