The Soo Spartan Intermediate Lacrosse Team competed this past week in Whitby, Ontario in the Ontario Lacrosse Association Provincial Championships. The Spartans were entered in "C" Division play downs.
The Soo team was placed in a pool with Nepean, Uxbridge and Fort Erie.
Their first game saw the Nepean Knights as the competition. The end of the first period saw the Spartans in front by a score of 3-2 on goals by Kevin and Cam Thomas, as well as Dawson Gambles. Assists went to Kevin Thomas (2) and Cam Thomas. After that it was all Nepean as the Knights scored 31 seconds into the second period to tie the game up .
The Spartans from that point on were unable to score on the Knights goalie, while penalties found the Spartans short for most of the third. Nepean rolled on to a 9-3 victory.
Next up was the Uxbridge Enforcers in a game that went right down to the wire. The teams were tied at the end of both the first and second periods by scores of 2-2 and 4-4. Unfortunately, the Spartans were unable to hold on in the third and fell to the Enforcers by a score of 8-6. Conner Sonke made a number of key saves in net for the Spartans throughout the game to keep it close.
Goal scorers were Nick Hrynuik with 3 and singles by Kieran Goudreau, Cam Thomas and Kevin Thomas. Liam Brechin and Nic Klein picked up assists.
The final game of the tournament for the Spartans was a match between two 0-2 teams, both already eliminated from play-off contention. The Fort Erie Hawks were the opposition and it was clear right from the start that this was going to be a rough affair.
By the time the games was called early in the third period, a total of 135 minutes in penalties had been handed out to the two teams. The Soo Spartans held a 5-1 lead on a pair of goals each for Nick Hrynuik and Kieran Goudreau, as well as one for Kevin Thomas, and the Spartans held on for a 5-3 win.
Despite not making the play-off round, the coaching staff was pleased with the effort the team made throughout the tournament. With a few more bodies on the team, the Spartan coaching staff feels that they could have won one of their two losses and made the next round. In the game against Uxbridge, the Spartans had 11 runners going against the 19 runners fielded by the Enforcers.
The staff would like to thank all the players for their effort and they look forward to the next season, as only one player graduates from the program.
The team would like to take this opportunity to thank their sponsors Century 21 Choice Realty, Maitland Ford/Young Drivers and Nav Canada who have helped to make this season possible.