Rivermen ready to compete for national title

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The Six Nations Rivermen will begin their run to a Canadian Lacrosse Association Presidents Cup Senior B championship this weekend.

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The Six Nations will face seven other teams in Edmonton for the title. The Rivermen open the round robin with a game at 10 p.m. Sunday against the Snake Island Muskies.

The Six Nations enter the Canadian Championship as champions of Ontario after a dominant season of Ontario Series lacrosse.

The Rivermen finished the OSL season with a 14-2 record. The Six Nations have scored the most league goals (178) and conceded the fewest (96).

In the playoffs, the Rivermen swept the Clearview Crushers 3-0, outscoring their opponents 53-19.

The Six Nations then faced Oakville in the final, also sweeping that series, 3-0. Things were a little tighter but, in the end, the Rivermen outscored their opponents 34-24.

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During the regular season, Travis Longboat, Marshall Powless, Vern Hill Jr., Wes Whitlow and Tyler Brown led the offense, while guards Dustin Hill and Troy Holowchuk were outstanding.

Things didn’t change much in the playoffs, except Scott Del Zotto and Jordan Goddard stepped up their offense.

Six Nations also won the OSL title in 2019, the last time there was a season, and lifted the 2019 Presidents Cup.

Visit www.presidentscup.lacrosse.ca for more information on the Presidents Cup tournament.

THE MAJOR SERIES STOCK

SIX NATIONS HEADS

The Six Nations chiefs were hoping to even their best-of-seven Major Lacrosse Series championship streak on Tuesday night in Peterborough.

After losing the Finals opener to the Lakers 10-6, the Chiefs bounced back with a big win in Game 2.

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The Six Nations trailed 12-9 in the second game with just over seven minutes remaining. However, the Chiefs’ big guns intensified as Cody Jamieson, Austin Staats and Randy Staats scored to send the game into overtime.

Randy Staats was the overtime hero with the only goal but Jamieson was the star.

Although Vaughn Harris (2G, 2A), Austin Staats (2G, 2A), Brendan Bombery (1G, 2A) and Randy Staats (2G, 1A) all had strong attacking games, Jamieson carried the team, scoring six goals and adding five assists. .

The home side have lost every game in the final so far but the Six Nations were hoping to turn that around on Tuesday against a tough side from Peterborough.

The Chiefs finished first at the end of the regular season with an 8-3-1 record, with Peterborough just behind at 7-5. During the season, the Six Nations were 3-1 against the Lakers.

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The winner of the MSL Finals will host the Canadian Senior Men’s Mann Cup Championship starting Sept. 9 against the winner of the Western Lacrosse Association. The Langley Thunder led the Nanaimo Timbermen 2-0 in the WLA best-of-seven final with Game 3 to be played late Tuesday after the deadline.

Peterborough and Six Nations have combined to win eight of the last 10 Mann Cup championships. Peterborough are the reigning three-time Canadian champions and, before that, the Six Nations won the trophy in 2016.

ONTARIO LACROSSE ASSOCIATION

JUNIOR A

The Toronto Beaches opened the 2022 Minto Cup Canadian Junior A Lacrosse Championship on Tuesday with a 9-7 win over the Victoria Shamrocks.

The tournament takes place this week at the CAA Center in Brampton. Visit www.themintocup.com for more information.

The Six Nations Arrows did not make the OLA playoffs this season.

JUNIOR B

The Nepean Knights are the 2022 Founder Cup Canadian Junior B Lacrosse Champions.

Nepean defeated Coquitlam 7-6 in the championship game. In the bronze medal game, Edmonton defeated host Brampton 12-11.

The Six Nations Rebels lost in the first round of the OLA playoffs to Hamilton.

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