Canadian Lacrosse Association – Ontario wins double gold at the 2018 CLA Field Lacrosse National Championship
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OSHAWA, ON – Ontario won both the U15 and U18 division titles in their own backyard at the 2018 CLA Men’s Field Lacrosse National Championship in Oshawa, Ontario this past weekend. They defeated British Columbia in both finals, 18-10 to capture the U15 Alumni Cup and 15-5 to win the First Nations Trophy.
A strong five-goal second quarter gave B.C. hope, but Ontario’s offense came back to life, scoring 10 goals in second half of the game to pull away and win the U15 final by a score of 18-10.
Justin Ertel finished the game with nine points (5g, 4a), while teammate Finlay Thomson contributed with four (3g, 1a). Noah Manning scored five goals for B.C., while Joshua Iacino added four points (3 g, 1a) of his own.
Alberta dominated Quebec in the U15 bronze medal game, winning by a score of 22-6.
Matthew Mantei (6g, 1a), Connor Murphy (3g, 3a) and Noah Jalal (4g, 0a) led the Alberta offense, while Justin Veilleux contributed with four points (3g, 1a) for Quebec in the losing effort.
Justin Ertel from Ontario led the U15 division in scoring with 37 points on 21 goals and 16 assists, while Noah Manning from B.C. finished second with 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points. B.C. goaltender Diego Hopkins finished the tournament with a 4-0 record, including two shutouts and an astounding 0.90 goals against average.
Ontario’s U18 squad capped off an undefeated tournament by claiming the First Nations Trophy with a 15-5 win over British Columbia. They built an early 6-1 first quarter lead and never looked back, holding B.C. to their lowest offensive output of the tournament.
Brock Haley (6g, 3a) paced the Ontario offense, while Jack Henry Boyden (2g, 3a) and Edward Qu (2g, 0a) also made contributions. Tristan Kirkham and Mitchell Sandberg scored two goals apiece for B.C. in the loss.
Quebec beat Saskatchewan 15-8 to win the U18 bronze medal game.
Zach Miller (3g, 2a) led Quebec’s balanced offense with five points, while Kaiden Murphy, Edward Cote, Mathis Couillard, Leo Longtin and Connor Holland each scored two goals in the game. Saskatchewan’s Luke Ochitwa scored a hat-trick for his team in defeat.
Brock Haley from Ontario led the U18 division with 38 points, including 32 goals, while teammate Jack Henry Boyden finished one point behind him with 21 goals and 16 assists. Ontario’s goaltending tandem of Caleb Creasor and Andrew Lagana were the class of the division. Creasor finished with a 3-0 record and 2.75 goals against average mark, while his teammate Lagana went 2-0 with a 0.75 goals against average.