Photo Courtesy: Darryl Smart
Toronto, ON – Tonight the best-of-7 Mann Cup Canadian Senior A lacrosse championship series begins at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena (ILA) in Six Nations, ON. The series is a rematch of last year’s final between the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) and the Six Nations Chiefs of Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) here in Ontario.
The Rock have 6 players suiting up with the Six Nations Chiefs. Rock captain Colin Doyle along with Kasey Beirnes, Jesse Gamble, Rob Marshall, Patrick Merrill and Brandon Miller. All but Merrill were members of the 2013 Mann Cup Championship team with the Chiefs. Merrill has missed a considerable amount of time in the 2014 MSL playoffs and may not find his way into the Chiefs lineup in the series.
Beirnes, Marshall and Gamble all captured their first Mann Cup titles last year with the Chiefs however Doyle, Miller and Merrill have multiple championship rings in their trophy cases. Doyle leads the group with four rings with three different teams (Coquitlam ’01, Brampton ’08 & ’09, Six Nations ’13). Merrill (Coquitlam ’01, Brampton ’08 & ’09) and Miller (Brampton ’02 & ’08, Six Nations ’13) each have won three Mann Cups.
The highlight of last year’s championship series between Victoria and Six Nations played in British Columbia had to be in Game 5 when Colin Doyle was forced into playing out of position and strapping on the goaltending equipment as he guided his Six Nations Chiefs to an 11-7 win over Victoria to take a 3-2 series lead.
Miller started in goal for Six Nations but was ejected from the game at the start of the third period followed almost nine minutes later by an ejection of Chiefs backup goaltender Evan Kirk (Connecticut NLL). The illegal equipment ejections meant that Six Nations, leading 9-4 at the time, had ten minutes to dress a goaltender to play the remaining 11:04 of the third period and Doyle was thrust into an unfamiliar role.
Doyle’s stat line prior to stepping into the crease to stop balls was a goal and an assist. While in net, he stopped 6 of the 9 shots he faced and also picked up an assist on one of Stephen Keogh’s (Rochester NLL) late goals as well as player of the game honours for Six Nations. He made history that night by becoming the first player in Mann Cup history to record points as a player and a goaltender in the same game.
All games in the series are 8pm starts at the ILA. Game 2 of the series will be played on Saturday night. For the full schedule, visit sixnationschiefs.blogspot.ca.
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