Brooklin thumped by host Six Nations Chiefs

By Sam Laskaris

It was close for a bit.

But in the end the host Six Nations Chiefs were able to register a convincing 16-6 Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) victory over the visiting Brooklin Lacrosse Club on Tuesday. The Chiefs were up 6-3 after the opening 20 minutes of action in the contest held at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Six Nations then took command of the match by outscoring Brooklin 4-1 in the middle frame to take a 10-4 lead into the second intermission. The Chiefs didn’t let up in the third period, netting a half dozen more goals to win the match by double digits.

“It was a stinker,” said Jason Crosbie, the head coach of the Brooklin squad. “It happens to every team down the line at some point during the season.” 

With the loss, Brooklin saw its record even out at 6-6-0, good for third place in the standings of the five-team MSL. The Chiefs improved their league-leading mark to 11-2-0. Crosbie didn’t seem like he would be fretting over Tuesday’s loss for too long.

“It was just one of those games,” he said. “All facets of the game weren’t clicking tonight.”

Crosbie also likes the fact his charges will be right back in action on Wednesday. They will host the Cobourg Kodiaks in a match at the Iroquois Park Sports Complex. The opening faceoff is set for 8 p.m.

“I just said to the guys we move on from this,” Crosbie added. “We wipe this one out. It’s a short-term memory thing. Let’s just move on and focus on the next game which is against Cobourg.”

The Kodiaks will enter Wednesday’s tilt six points behind Brooklin. Cobourg is sporting a 3-9-0 record.

Brady Kearnan netted a pair of goals for Brooklin against the Chiefs. Providing singles were Connor Kearnan, Jack Boyden, Luke Pilcher and Jake Darlison. Riley Hutchcraft got the start for Brooklin between the pipes. Crosbie, however, opted to reward backup goalie Garrett Thomson with some playing time, inserting him into the final period with just over seven minutes left in the match. Thomson, who is just 17, spent the season with the Clarington-based Green Gaels’ Junior B
squad. He has been working out with the Brooklin club since his junior campaign concluded.

“He did a pretty good job,” Crosbie said of Thomson, who allowed a pair of goals during the action he saw. Crosbie added he was keen to get Thomson into the match to give him the opportunity of playing against the numerous pro stars the Chiefs have in their lineup because he knew the teenager’s parents were in attendance.