Founders’ Cup: Calgary Defeats Six Nations, Claims Gold

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The Calgary Shamrocks completed the upset as they defeated the Six Nations Rebels 16-15 in the Gold Medal game on Sunday night, becoming the first team from outside Ontario to capture the cup in ten years. Calgary was able to get ahead early and sustain their lead, warding off a very tough Six Nations team to secure the win.

After trailing 2-0 early, a power-play goal got Calgary on the board and helped get their offense going. They were able to keep that energy going through the rest of the first, taking a 6-3 lead into the intermission. 

While the second was a little more back-and-forth later on, Calgary continued to keep their offensive juices flowing as they went up 11-5 with just under 11 minutes left in the period. Six Nations started to fight back as they did cut the Calgary lead down to 15-10 heading into the third. 

Six Nations really started heating up in the third as they used a four-goal run to cut the Calgary lead to 15-14. While Six Nations seemed ti be firing on all cylinders, Calgart had an answered as they pushed their lead back out to 16-14. Six Nations cut the lead to 16-15 with 6:36 in the third and it looked like they could start to take over once again. However, Calgary was able to hold Six Nations down the stretch and secure the win to capture Gold at the 2019 Founders’ Cup. 

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In addition to the Gold Medal game, the Seneca WarChiefs claimed fifth place and the Coquitlam Adanacs won the Bronze Medal game. In the fifth place game, Seneca got out to a big lead in the first and never looked back. They were able to put Saskatchewan away early and secure the win in blowout fashion. In the Bronze Medal game, Coquitlam was able to take control after thing being tied at 2 to end the first. Coquitlam used an offensive surge in the third to help capture the victory. 

Founders’ Cup: Medal Round Games Set In Stone

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Through five days of play, the round robin portion of the Founders’ Cup has concluded and medal play is on the horizon. 

Saturday saw five games played to wrap up round robin play, and almost all five games were blowouts. Coquitlam defeated North Shore 18-3, Six Nations beat Manitoba 15-3, Saskatchewan beat Seneca 12-7, Six Nations beat Calgary 19-3, and Coquitlam beat Manitoba 11-5. Each team will move onto medal play tomorrow besides North Shore who finished in last place with an 0-6 record. 

On Sunday, three games will be played to decide who takes home fifth place, the bronze medal, and the gold medal. Coincidentally enough, all three games will be rematches of the last three round robin games that took place on Saturday. 

The Seneca WarChiefs (1-5) will face the Saskatchewan SWAT (2-4) in the Fifth Place game at 11:00am CT on Sunday while the Coquitlam Adanacs (3-2) will face the Manitoba Blizzard (3-2) in the Bronze Medal game at 2:00pm CT. In the Gold Medal game the Six Nations Rebels (6-0) will face the Calgary Shamrocks (5-1) at 5:00pm CT. 

 

Founders’ Cup: Six Nations And Calgary Continue To Dominate, Seneca Secures First Win

 

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Through four days of round robin play at the Founders’ Cup, the Six Nations Rebels and Calgary Shamrocks remain the two teams left unbeaten. Once again, Both teams secured wins by pretty significant margins on Friday. 

Also on Friday, the Seneca WarChiefs secured their first win of the tournament as they faced the North Shore Kodiaks who are still winless after the loss on Friday afternoon. 

Six Nations Rebels 19, Saskatchewan SWAT 4

This one was never really in question as Six Nations came out hot and never slowed down, routing Saskatchewan in yet another blowout victory. Six Nations stepped on the gas right out of the gate, taking a 4-0 lead into the second period. While Saskatchewan was able to find their offense a bit in the second, Six Nations continued their dominance on both ends as they led 12-4 heading into the third period. Six Nations put the lid on this one in the third, scoring four unanswered to capture the 19-4 win to stay undefeated.

Six Nations was led by Marshall Powless with nine points (4G/5A) in the win. Sidney Powless also had eight points (4G/4A) for Six Nations, as well.

Jordon Boyenko led the way for Saskatchewan with two goals. Jordan Ernst and Justin Porga were the other two goal scorers for Saskatchewan in the game.

Seneca War Chiefs 19, North Shore Kodiaks 14

In an exciting back-and-forth battle the Seneca War Chiefs were able to pull through in the third period and go on a huge run to help them secure their first win of the tournament. Seneca and North Shore went back-and-forth early in the first, but a five-goal run from Seneca to end the period gave them a 7-4 lead heading into the second. North Shore opened the second period with a three-goal run to tie things up at 7. While both sides went back-and-forth for most of the period North Shore was able to use a few multi-goal runs to get ahead 13-12 entering the third. Seneca started the third with a five-goal run to sprint ahead and help them secure the 19-14 victory. 

Bryce Williams led the way for Seneca with 11 points (7G/4A) in the win. In addition, Destin Montour tallied six points (4G/2A) while Andrew Johnson had five points (2G/3A). 

North Shore was led by Raphael Lamothe who tallied six points (2G/4A). Williyam Gendron had four goals and Davin Miller had four points (2G/2A) in the loss, as well. 

Calgary Shamrocks 16, Coquitlam Adanacs 6

The Calgary Shamrocks secured yet another blowout win as they defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs on Friday night. Calgary started the scoring off in the first and was able to control most of the game. Coquitlam put up a good fight in the first period, only trailing 4-3 heading into the second. Calgary took over in the second and a four-goal run to end the period pretty much put this one out of reach as they led 9-5 heading into the third. Calgary continued their run in the third, and while Coquitlam did find the back of the net it was too late as this one had already been written. 

Calgary was led by Eric Lemire with six points (2G/4A). In addition, Connor Pupp tallied five points (3G/2A) and Colby Fraser with five points (2G/3A) in the win. 

Drew Kask and Matthew Smigel led the way for Coquitlam with four points (1G/3A) apiece. Daniel Chand also tallied two points (1G/1A) for Coquitlam. 

Manitoba Blizzard 11, Saskatchewan SWAT 9

It was a tight back-and-forth battle as Manitoba was able to comeback from a slow first period and defeat Saskatchewan, bouncing back after their first loss of the tournament on Thursday. Saskatchewan started the game with a two-goal run before Manitoba got on the board. A two-goal run to end the first gave Saskatchewan a 4-1 lead heading into the second. Manitoba cam out firing in the second period, going on a three-goal run right out of the gate. While Saskatchewan went on a two-goal run midway through the second, a four-goal Manitoba run from midway in second through early in the third really gave them an edge down the stretch. Manitoba was able to hold onto the lead through a back-and-forth third period to secure the win. 

Blaze Bezecki led Manitoba with six points (4G/2A) while William Lutz also tallied three goals (2G/1A). Also, Seth Mandryk had three points (1G/2A) and Ethan Berezowski recorded three assists. 

Saskatchewan was led by Davis Sheppard with four points (2G/2A) while Justin Porga and Jordon Boyenko each tallied three points (2G/1A), as well. 


DAY Five SCHEDULE

North Shore Kodiaks vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 9:00am CST

Six Nations Rebels vs Manitoba Blizzard – 11:45am CST

Saskatchewan SWAT vs Seneca WarChiefs – 2:30pm CST

Calgary Shamrocks vs Six Nations Rebels  – 5:15pm CST

Coquitlam Adanacs vs Manitoba Blizzard – 8:00pm CST

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

 

Founders’ Cup: Calgary And Six Nations Remain On Top

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Day three of the 2019 Founders’ Cup is in the books and only two days of round robin play remain. Through three days of play, the Calgary Shamrocks and Six Nations Rebels are the only two teams that still remain unbeaten. 

Calgary Shamrocks 12, North Shore Kodiaks 5

The Calgary Shamrocks used a second period surge to get past a hungry North Shore Kodiaks team searching for their first win of the tournament. Calgary got on the board first, followed by a two-goal run from North Shore to end the first period. In the second is where Calgary started to step on the gas as they score six unanswered goals to take a 7-2 lead heading into the third. Calgary extended their run to eight goals early in the third before North Shore finally ended their long scoring drought. While North Shore did wake up a bit in the third, Calgary was able to stay on top and walk away victorious. 

Calgary was led by Cordell Hastings with four points (3G/1A) in the win. In addition, Mason McQuiggin tallied three points (2G/1A) and Dylan Ferrier score two goals. 

Evan Reynolds led North Shore with three goals while Mikael Briere and Massimo Thauvette each score one goals, as well. 

Coquitlam Adanacs 17, Saskatchewan SWAT 4

Coquitlam absolutely devoured Saskatchewan in a game that really was never that close to begin with. While Coquitlam only led 2-1 heading into the second, they started the second with two straight goals before Saskatchewan answered, cutting the lead to 4-2. Coquitlam then went on a nine-goal run that stretch from midway through the second through midway in the third. Saskatchewan finally answered, but it was much too late for any type of comeback as Coquitlam secured the blowout win. 

Matthew Smigel led Coquitlam with seven points (4G/3A) while Daniel Chand tallied five points (2G/3A). In addition, Beau Chetner put up four points (3G/1A) in the win. 

Saskatchewan was led with Nick McKee who tallied four points (1G/3A) in the loss. Jordan Boyenko also had two points (1G/1A) for Saskatchewan. 

Six Nations Rebels 12, Seneca War Chiefs 7

The Six Nations Rebels used a big third period push to help them stay undefeated, and secure a win in a game that was very back-and-forth throughout. In the first, Six Nations got the scoring started early on before Seneca went on a two-goal run to take the lead. Six Nations answered with a two-goal run of their own, taking a 3-2 lead heading into the second. The back-and-forth nature of the game continued through the second as both side kept answering each other. With a narrow 6-5 lead heading into the third, Six Nations went on a five-goal run midway through the third to seal the deal, securing the win and move to 3-0 in the tournament. 

Six Nations was led by Tonatiuh Salinas with six points (2G/4A). In addition, Maon Hill tallied four points (3G/1A) and Chayton King also put up four points (2G/2A) in the win. 

Cody Bielec and Bryce Williams led the way for Seneca with three points (1G/2A) apiece. Brian Smith also scored two goals for Seneca in the loss. 

Calgary Shamrocks 17, Manitoba Blizzard 6

In a battle of undefeated teams, the Calgary Shamrocks showed their prowess as they blew out the host team Manitoba Blizzard. Calgary got on the board early in the first and Manitoba didn’t answer until midway through the period. Calgary then went on a three-goal run to take a 4-1 lead heading into the second. Calgary really took over in the second period as they used a few big runs in between Manitoba goals to take control and start to put this one to bed early. With a 13-5 lead heading into the third, Calgary had pretty much secured the win, but added on a few more in the third. Manitoba scored once in the third period, but couldn’t really spark anything from it as Calgary walked away with another blowout victory. 

Calgary was led by Cordell Hastings who tallied six points (2G/4A) in the win. Also, Colby Fraser and Dylan Ferrier put up five points (3G/2A) while Eric Lemire had five points (2G/3A). Bryce Timmer also had five points (1G/4A) for Calgary. 

Jackson Klewchuk led the way for Manitoba with three points (2G/1A). William Lutz also tallied two points (1G/1A) for Manitoba in the loss. 


DAY Four SCHEDULE

Saskatchewan SWAT vs Six Nations Rebels – 10:15am CST

North Shore Kodkais vs Seneca War Chiefs  – 1:15pm CST

Calgary Shamrocks vs Coquitlam Adanacs – 4:15pm CST

Saskatchewan SWAT vs Manitoba Blizzard – 7:15pm CST

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

Founders’ Cup: Calgary, Manitoba, Six Nations Stay Perfect

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Through the first two days of play at the 2019 Founders’ Cup, the Calgary Shamrocks, Manitoba Blizzard, and Six Nations Rebels are all still undefeated with 2-0 records.

On day two of the Founders’ Cup there were certainly much better games than there were on day one. The last two games of the day were especially good, being just one-goal games. However, the first two games of the day were in fact blowouts. 

Calgary Shamrocks 16, Seneca War Chiefs 5

While the first five minutes of the game were pretty close, Calgary soon took over and never took their foot off the gas. Calgary used a four-goal run to close out the first quarter and take a 6-3 lead into the second. Seneca ended their nearly eleven minute scoring drought early in the second, but Calgary answered quickly with a seven-goal run to take a 13-4 lead into the third period. While Calgary had this one pretty much wrapped up, the fourth was slower and saw more back-and-forth play. Calgary was able to walk away with another fairly easy win. 

Calgary was led by Cordell Hastings who tallied five points (4G/1A). In addition, Colby Fraser tallied three points (2G/1A) and Kade Lundell dished our four assists in the win. 

Cameron Carpenter led Seneca with four points (2G/2A) in the loss. Brian Smith, Cody Bielec, and Efrain Barretto all recorded one goal, as well. 

Six Nations Rebels 11, Coquitlam Adanacs 5

This game was closer than the score presents, and it was a case of Six Nations taking advantage of every opportunity they had to help get ahead and stay ahead. Coquitlam and Six Nations went back-and-forth early on, trading multi-goal runs. After Coquitlam tied things up at 3 late in the first, Six Nations sprinted into the first intermission. They scored two straight to take a 5-3 lead heading into the second period. It was a slower and more defensive heavy second quarter as Six Nations expanded their lead to 8-4. It was a six-goal run from Six Nation that lasted from early in the second through early in the third that helped them not let Coquitlam get much going and secure the 11-5 victory and not let Coquitlam get much going. 

Mason Hill led Six Nations with four points (2G/2A) while Owen Martin tallied three points (2G/1A). Also, Sidney Powless had three points (1G/2A) to help lead the way for Six Nations. 

Coquitlam was led by Beau Chetner, Adam Noakes, and Brian Smith who each had three points (1G/2A) in the loss. 

Saskatchewan SWAT 8, North Shore Kodiaks 7

It was a very tight back-and-forth battle, especially down the stretch, as Saskatchewan was able to come out on top and keep North Shore searching for their first win of the tournament. North Shore got the first goal of the game four minutes in, but the rest of the first was slower and more defensive heavy. Saskatchewan scored late in the first to to tie things up heading into the second. Following a Saskatchewan goal midway though the second, North Shore went on a three-goal run to help them take a 4-3 lead heading into the third. A four-goal run for Saskatchewan to start the third ultimately helped them retake the lead and gain a ton of energy. However, North Shore answered with a three-goal run tie things up at 7 late in the game. With just seconds left in the game, Nick McKee found the back of the net, scoring the game-winner for Saskatchewan. 

Nick McKee led Saskatchewan with five points (4G/1A) while Austin Pope and Justin Porga each had four points (1G/3A) in the win. 

North Shore was led by Davin Miller and Raphael Lamothe who each tallied three points (2G/1A) in the loss. 

Manitoba Blizzard 11, Seneca War Chiefs 10

This game could have been very one-sided, but a huge second period from Manitoba allowed them to comeback and secure the win to move to 2-0. Manitoba got the scoring started early on, but Seneca went on a 5-1 run through the majority of the first to take a 5-2 lead heading into the second. While the second period was a little back-and-forth early on, Manitoba exploded midway through the period, going in a five-goal run that lasted through the beginning of the third period, as well. Trailing 10-7 early in the third, Seneca made a comeback in the third, but they fell short as Manitoba walked away with one-goal win to remain perfect. 

Manitoba was led by Jackson Klewchuk who tallied six points (4G/2A). In addition, William Lutz put up six points (2G/4A) and Blaze Bezecki had five points (1G/4A) in the win. 

Andrew Johnson led Seneca with five points (3G/2A) while Efrain Baretto tallied four points (3G/1A) in the loss. 


DAY Three SCHEDULE

Calgary Shamrocks vs North Shore Kodiaks – 10:15am CST

Coquitlam Adnacs vs Saskatchewan SWAT – 1:15pm CST

Seneca War Chiefs vs Six Nations Rebels – 5:15pm CST

Calgary Shamrocks vs Manitoba Blizzard – 8:15pm CST

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

Founders’ Cup: Blowouts Highlight Day One

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The 2019 Founders’ Cup got under way in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Tuesday with four games being played throughout the day. With the exception of the final game of the day, they were all blowouts as the first three games saw double-digit margin of victories. 

Six Nations Rebels 15, North Shore Kodiaks 4

In the first game of the tournament Six Nations devoured North Shore, and it all started from the beginning. Six Nations went up 2-0 early in the first before North Shore got themselves on the board just minutes later. Holding a 5-2 lead heading into the second period, Six Nations scored six unanswered goals before North Shore finally found the back of the net late in the period. Heading into the third, the game had been pretty much over for quite sometime as Six Nations led 12-3. They added just a little more on in third, walking away with the 15-4 victory. 

Six Nations was led by Mason Hill with six points (5G/1A) and Weylon Abrams with four points (2G/2A). In addition, Marshall Powless dished out six assists in the win. 

Alexis Simard led North Shore with three points (2G/1A). Evans Reynolds also tallied two points (1G/1A) for North Shore. 

Coquitlam Adanacs 12, Seneca War Chiefs 3

Coquitlam opened up the Founders’ Cup to a high note, absolutely burning Seneca in their first game of the tournament. Bryce Williams scored just :22 seconds into the game for Seneca, but the rest was all Coquitlam. Liam O’Connor got Coquitlam on the board 4:20 into the first, kickstarting their eleven-goal run that lasted through midway in the fourth quarter. Seneca scored two straight goals in the fourth, but things were already too far out of hand. Brian Smith scored the last goal of the game for Coquitlam late in the fourth to put the lid on this one. 

Liam O’Connor led the way for Coquitlam with four goals while Beau Chetner also contributed three points (2G/1A). 

Emerson Shenandoah led Seneca with two points (1G/1A). Ryan John and Bryce Williams each scored one goal as well. 

Calgary Shamrocks 23, Saskatchewan SWAT 9

Forty Four seconds into the game Calgary got started with a goal from John Geib. They scored once more before Austin Pope got Saskatchewan on the board 5:38 into the first. From that point on, Calgary took control of the game as they went on a fourteen-goal run that lasted through early in the second. Saskatchewan scored two goals in the second, but each came after a multi-goal run from Calgary. With a 21-3 lead heading into the third Calgary backed off a bit, and Saskatchewan started to find the net once again. Calgary walked away with the easy 23-9 victory to start the tournament. 

Calgary was led by Connor Pupp who tallied eight points (1G/7A), Eric Lemire with seven points (5G/2A), Cordell Hastings with six points (4G/2A), among others. 

Saskatchewan saw Austin Pope lead the way with four points (3G/1A). Dryden Quinn and Ashton Hall also had three points (1G/2A) apiece. 

Manitoba Blizzard 16, North Shore Kodiaks 13

In the best game of the day the host team, Manitoba, was able to subdue the comeback from North Shore and secure the win. Jonah Lockart got Manitoba on the board first early in first period and Matthew Pearson followed up quickly with one from North Shore. Manitoba went on a 7-2 run that stretched to a bout the midway point of the second period. Finally, North Shore woke back up again and started getting back into the game, going on a three-goal run to help cut Manitoba’s lead to 10-6 heading into the fourth. With Manitoba up 15-9 midway through the fourth North Shore went on a three-goal run to cut the lead, but Manitoba’s defense stood tall in the final minutes to help secure the win. 

Manitoba was led by Blaze Bezecki with eight points (4G/4A). In addition, William Lutz and Cayden Onagi each tallied seven points in the win. 

Davin Miller led North Shore with five points (3G/2A) while Raphael Laothe also had seven points (4G/1A). Zachary Miller and Alexis Simard each had four points in the game, as well.


Day Two Schedule

Calgary Shamrocks vs Seneca War Chiefs – 10:15am ET

Coquitlam Adanaca vs Six Nations Rebels – 1:15pm ET

North Shore Kodiaks vs Saskatchewan SWAT – 4:15pm ET

Seneca War Chiefs vs Manitoba Blizzard – 7:15pm ET

All games can be streamed for FREE on Amateur Sports TV.

 

 

CLA History: The Founders Cup

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As summer starts to wind down so does the summer box season across Canada, and that means that the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) national championships are on the horizon. 

This year, I wanted to take a dive into the history of each of the four CLA National Championships that will take place from August through September. I will be going in order of when each takes place. So, first up is the Founder’s Cup which is the championship for Junior “B”. 

Just like anything else, the Founders Cup has gone through many changes in throughout its history. The first Junior ‘B” championship in Canada occurred in 1964, but it wasn’t the Founders Cup that they were playing for. The Castrol Cup, a silver cup donated by Castrol Oils, was the original trophy for the Junior “B” championship. 

During the Castrol Cup era, the Elora Mohawks (Ontario) were the most dominate team. They won the first Castrol Cup in 1964 as the Guelph Mohawks, and then won two straight as the Elora Mohawks in 1967 and 1968. In addition, an Ontario team won five out of the eight years that the Junior “B” championship was known as the Castrol Cup.

It wasn’t until 1972 that the CLA retired the Castrol Cup and introduced the Founders Cup. The CLA named the Founders Cup in honor of the founders of organized lacrosse, especially William George Beers. Beers wrote the first rulebook for the sport and helped found the Canadian National Lacrosse Foundation which then became the Canadian Lacrosse Association. 

While the CLA introduced the Founders Cup in 1972 it wasn’t given to the Junior “B” champion until 1973. During that ’72 season, the Founders Cup was awarded to the Long Branch PCO’s who were the Junior “C” champions. In 1973 the Niagara-on-the-Lake Warriors won the Founders Cup, making them the first Junior “B” team to hoist the trophy. 

Not only has the trophy and name changed over time, but also the structure of the tournament. While it is a round-robin style tournament that plays down to the championship nowadays, the Founders Cup used to be an invitational style championship. 

The one thing that has not changed about the Junior “B” championship over the years is the dominance of Ontario teams. Since moving from the Castrol Cup to the Founders Cup, the Junior “B” championship an Ontario team has won each year except three years, 1980 with the Enoch Tomahawks (Alberta), 1999 Edmonton Miners (Alberta), and 2009 Calgary Mountaineers. 

In terms of the number of championships, the Six Nations Rebels hold the record with seven while the Elora Mohawks had six titles. Also, the Clarington Green Gales and Point Edward Pacers have each won four titles in their teams’ histories. 

The longest winning streak is owned by the Six Nations Rebels who captured the championship four years in a row from 2011 to 2014. During those four years, the Rebels had players such as Vaughn Harris, Zed Williams, Austin Staats, Doug Jameison, and others that made up all-star caliber rosters each year. 

In 2019, the Founders Cup will be played in Winnipeg, Manitoba from August 12th-18th. There will be seven teams participating from six different provinces as well as a First Nations team. As of writing this, the Manitoba Blizzard (Host team), Saskatchewan SWAT, and North Shore Kodiaks are the only three teams that have qualified for the Founders Cup thus far. The four slots left are Alberta (RMLL), British Columbia (WCJBLL), First Nations Lacrosse Association, and Ontario (OJBLL).