Brooklin Lacrosse Club Back in the Win Column After Recent Home Loss

By Mark Stehlin

The Brooklin Lacrosse Club (BLC) packed their gear for the 70 km drive east on Highway 401 to battle the Cobourg Kodiaks.  The club was coming off a home loss on Wednesday and were looking for a response to that game.

The Kodiaks jumped out to a 2-0 lead with five minutes off the clock but BLC stormed back with four unanswered to take the opening frame 4-2.  The Kearnan brothers, Connor and Brady, scored within a minute of each other late in the first period and the team never looked back.

- photo Sam Hossack

Head coach, Joel Johnson said after the game “they got up 2-0 on us early in the game as we gave them a little too much room to set up.” He was confident in his players to correct that early issue and the team went on to control the contest.

The middle frame would be the difference on this night as BLC took that period by a score of 7-1 to carry an 11-3 lead into the last 20 minutes. The visitors scored seven times unanswered that included two power play markers and one short-handed.

Three different goal scorers in the final frame carried the visitors to the 14-4 win on the night.

- photo Sam Hossack 

Johnson said, “the depth of this roster allowed us to realize that by playing with consistency and effort we would be fine.”  He added, “after the second period and building a decent lead, the guys seemed a little looser but as coaches we stressed the importance of keeping up the pressure to build for the future.” Johnson reported, “I was impressed with the full 60-minute performance that the team put in". He added, "despite the success that many on the floor have had in this sport, I was really taken by their modesty and desire to keep up the hard work until the final buzzer.”

Zach Higgins was in net and faced 46 shots, saving 42. Scoring for BLC – Renaud (1,1) Keenan (2,0) Tanner Cook (1,4) Keenan Cook (0,1) Perroni (0,1) Osborne (1,3) Watkinson (0,1) Byrne (0,1) Hickey (0,2) Westley (2,3) Haley (3,4) Connor Kearnan (2,2) and Brady Kearnan (2,1)

Brooklin now sports a record of 3-1 and will face Brampton at home on Wednesday June 12 at 8:00 p.m.  The club will honour the Whitby Rush crowned the 2023 Women’s Major Series Lacrosse champions prior to that game and all female lacrosse players donning their jerseys receive free admission.