Brooklin Defeats Hosts Kodiaks In Cobourg
By Sam Laskaris
The Brooklin Lacrosse Club is getting much more favourable results so far in the second half of its regular season. Brooklin struggled in the first half of its 2019 Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) campaign, as it was still winless following its first nine games.
Brooklin, however, managed to end its losing streak this past Wednesday by defeating the visiting Brampton Excelsiors 7-5.
And Brooklin tasted victory for the second straight game on Sunday, beating the host Cobourg Kodiaks 12-7. That match was staged at the Cobourg Community Centre.
Brooklin’s head coach Brad MacArthur said his charges were not deflated despite their early-season woes.
“They stayed fairly even-keeled about it,” said MacArthur, who is also Brooklin’s general manager. “But I know they were happy to get that first W on Wednesday.”
Brooklin’s assistant coach Jason Crosbie felt the club’s initial victory four nights earlier did indeed lift the spirits of team members. “Confidence, confidence, confidence,” he said explaining his club’s fortunes the past couple of games. “It’s an amazing thing when you get some confidence.”
Brooklin got off to a solid start against the Kodiaks. Though Cobourg managed to score the game’s opening goal, Brooklin took control of the match by scoring six unanswered goals. Brooklin led 4-1 after the opening 20 minutes and added two more markers early in the second stanza before the Kodiaks managed to hit the scoresheet again.
Brooklin, which led 8-5 after the middle frame, sealed the two points by outscoring Cobourg 4-2 in the final period. Rookie Travis Getz paced the Brooklin offence by scoring a hat trick. Getz also chipped in with an assist to register a four-point night.
Jake Fox, Dan Michel, Curtis Knight and Holden Garlent also had multi-goal games for Brooklin, scoring twice apiece. John LaFontaine netted the other Brooklin marker.
Zach Higgins was between the pipes for Brooklin and earned his first W of the season.
With the loss, the Kodiaks’ record fell to 5-6. With its 2-9 mark Brooklin is now six points behind Cobourg, one of the squads it is hoping to catch in order to secure a playoff berth. Both clubs have seven regular season outings remaining. Brooklin is also just four points behind the fifth-place Brampton Excelsiors, who also have seven games left.
Brooklin returns to action this Wednesday (July 10) with a home contest. The Oakville Rock will provide the opposition for this match, which will be held at Whitby’s Iroquois Park Sports Centre.
The opening faceoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.