4th seed St. Catharines takes on top seed Elora in round two

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The Elora Mohawks have home-court advantage when they face the St. Catharines Athletics in the second round of the Ontario Junior B Lacrosse League playoffs.

No. 1 seed Elora will host the deciding game if the best-of-5 Western Conference semifinal against fourth-seeded St. Catharines goes the distance.

Action in a rematch of a 2019 quarter-final begins Friday at the Elora Community Center, starting at 7 p.m. back to Elora. A fourth and fifth game, respectively, would take place on Sunday, July 17, Canada Games Park; and Monday, July 18, Elora.

The Mohawks, who finished the regular season with a 17-3 record, swept a back and forth with the A’s. They won 12-2 at home on May 7 and took a 9-5 decision when the action moved to Canada Games Park in Thorold on June 18.

Elora swept the then St. Catharines Spartans three games to zero in the 2019 first round, the final season before the pandemic canceled the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

St. Catharines last won the Canadian Junior B Founders Cup lacrosse championship in 1996. Elora won the title in 2018.

This year, St. Catharines won a playoff series for the first time since 2004 by beating the fifth-seeded Guelph Regals three games to two in the quarterfinals.

Christian Lefeuvre, with five goals and eight assists; Justin Porga, three goals, 11 assists; Jaden Patterson, three goals, 10 assists; and Ian Kohut, four goals, seven assists; lead the A’s in playoff scoring.

Goalkeepers Mike Napoli and Oliver Vanyo combined to limit opponents to an average of 8.20 goals per game.

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