It's coming down to the short strokes for Major Series Lacrosse in the summer of 2012 and five teams can still profess to be contenders for the Mann Cup. Kitchener Waterloo gave Peterborough a good challenge and laid a thumping on Brampton this week. The Kodiaks were also within two goals of Brooklin six minutes into the third period of their third game of the week. The Redmen pulled away with five straight goals, thanks partly to their newest weapon, National Lacrosse League Rookie of the Year Adam Jones.
benefit from finishing second and having to play the first round series against Ajax. It would mean at least three more games to work him into the flow of the offence. Then Nike Zoom Ascention Red again, every team in MSL has had its ups and downs this year. With the depth of talent the league now boasts, the margin of error is to thin to bring anything but your best on a given night and expect to win. KW brought it against Brampton and didn't against Brooklin. If they can harness their speed and show up to play hard every night, they will make any post season series they're part of a true test for their opponents.
clearing up the playoff positioning picture. Brooklin visits Brampton and Six Nations will face the Lakers in Peterborough. Free live webstreaming of the Chiefs/Lakers battle of the Power Rankings' top two teams is available through the MSL web site.
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In 2010, their first summer stepping up from Senior B to MSL, Ajax won 3 of 16 games and were outscored by 55 goals. Last year, they won 3 of 20 games and were outscored by 83 goals. This year they have won 1 game with two of their 14 remaining and they've been outscored by 57 goals so far. On the surface, it doesn't look like they're making progress towards being competitive. Bear in mind, though, that they're playing against the best lacrosse teams on the planet. Getting outscored 36 7 in their last two losses to Peterborough doesn't inspire much optimism. Pushing Brooklin to overtime, though, shows there's something there. It's up to Head Coach Clem D'Orazio and his staff to fan the tiny flame into something more. The spark may not be easily visible, but it's there.
The Excelsiors have looked terrible at times this year. Of course, they've also had a very difficult time getting a full roster out on a regular basis. If everyone's on board during the playoffs, you would be unwise to write them off. Any team with Mike Hasen coaching, Anthony Cosmo in net, Kyle Rubisch leading the defence and Dan Dawson directing the offence is not to be trifled with.
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The Lakers did their job, winning both their games, and hold on to the top spot they took over last week. KW pushed them but John Grant Jr. and John Tavares scored big goals to cement the win for the Lakers. It's nice to have aces like those up your sleeve when a game is on the line. Peterborough has left little doubt during their four game winning streak that they are the elite team in the league. The nature of MSL this year, though, is that they'll have to prove it again tomorrow night. Glory is fleeting when every team is dangerous. Six Nations was more impressive in their win as the teams split, so they get second place alone now. The 14 7 win in Brooklin was Kedoh Hill's coming out party. He was the best player on the floor as he scored four goals and two assists. He's just one more arrow in a quiver that was already just about bursting. Now, is there a goaltending controversy afoot in Chiefs ville? Brandon Miller played his first game with the club in the win and Mike Poulin lost his start at home against the Redmen. I'll say no controversy, just a nice problem for coach Rich Kilgour to have, deciding between two top flight goalies each game. If there was one area they needed some help it was on the left side of their offence. It's hard to imagine a better addition than bringing Jones' stick to the equation. He scored two goals and two assists in his first game with the Redmen. Jones needs to play at least one more game for Brooklin to be eligible for the playoffs. How much of a difference can he make there? It will depend on how quickly he meshes with his new teammates. Makes you wonder Nike Lebron 12 Low Premium University Red
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