Warriors Take Game 3 For a 2-1 Series Lead

In Ontario Junior “A” lacrosse action, The Whitby Warriors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back leading on the scoreboard all the way. Three quick goals in the early going chased starter Ryan Masters from between the pipes at the 6:55 mark of the first .  The Lakers clawed away at the Warriors lead, to narrow the score to 4-3 Warriors at the first intermission.

It was all Warriors on the score sheet in the second as they took a commanding 8-3 leads to the locker room after 2.  Masters was returned at the 12;09 mark as the Warriors got a couple of cheesy goals as a result of replacement goalie Mike Cregan misplaying the ball.

The third period saw the Lakers wake up and fire 4 of their own before a empty netter by Nick Cotter sealed their fate.  This was a great lacrosse game that featured good playmaking by both sides and stellar net minding in both ends. Referees Grant Spies and Scott McCullough handled the game well with only a few minor skirmishes.

The Warriors were ready for this one, and were bound and determined to put on a good show after losing in the Boro the night before, their experience showed through in the game.  Kyle O Brien and Steve Hutchins both played their hearts out and were tenacious in their pursuit of the loose ball. The Lakers on the other hand seemed to not have the same jump I saw in game 1.  It may be because Capt Brock Sorenson’s play was limited because of what seems to be a rather nasty ankle injury, that forced him to the concrete and the bench more often than not.

This was real playoff style lacrosse with end to end action and the risk taking that comes when the eye is on the prize.  Game #4 takes place in Peterborough Monday night at 8pm. It was nice to see Warriors Ian Crashley in the warm-up ,and in a brief conversation with him, he told me that his return is imminent and could come on Monday; he will be a great asset. Saturday night playoff lacrosse cant be beat, this was a very enjoyable game to watch, the play on the floor elicited its share of oohs and aahs by the crowd.  Way to go boys a great effort by both teams.

(As reported by Ron Messer)

In the other three series, Orangeviulle has made quick work of Akwesasne by defeating them in 4 straight games, and St. Catherines is up 2 games to 0 on Brampton.  The Burlington Chiefs are hanging tough with Six Nations.  While the Arrows are up 2 games to 0, the two wins are by a combined 3 goals.

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