No it’s not the same old, same old when it comes to the 2011 Brampton Excelsiors. Indeed, gone are Josh Sanderson, Brodie Merrill, Blaine Manning. That is a lot of offence missing from any lineup. But they still have one of the best in Dan Dawson, and they’ve tried to replace some scoring with the likes of Frank and Joe Resetarits, Zach Greer, and Joe Walters. But there is a lot more to this team in 2011 than offence and missing star players.
We are now into the 3rd round of the 2011 MSL playoffs and many are just starting to talk about the Excelsiors, and how well their defense is playing. Most people know Sandy Chapman, Jon Harasym and Bill Greer; all formidable NLL stars. But many others are wondering about names like Kyle Rubisch, Chris Corbeil, Tyler Burton, Dylan Evans, Mike Kirk, Kyle Neufeld, and Brendan Doran. Most of them not real household names in the world of lacrosse. Yet!
There is no doubt that having an all world goalie the likes of Anthony Cosmo certainly helps, but those defenders above have been exceptional in these playoffs in helping Cosmo keep their team in many games. Looking at the playoff statistics so far, the Excelsiors have played a total of 11 games. They played 3 against Ajax in round one, 6 in round two against Brooklin, and so far have played twice in round three against Peterborough. Not including Overtime, which has occurred in 4 of their 11 games, Brampton has not allowed more than 7 goals in any game. That includes both games they have won and lost. And even if you do factor in Overtime, the most they have allowed in any game so far is 9, which occurred in game 1 of this current series against the Lakers (a double Overtime Laker victory).
There is an age old saying that Offense wins games and Defense wins Championships. This defense is certainly poised to at least make a run at securing a spot in this years’ Mann Cup Championship in British Columbia. The series between the Excelsiors and Lakers continues tomorrow night as game three takes place from the Memorial Center in Peterborough, Ontario. We will see of this defence can continue to play at such a high level.
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