(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks Midget Rep Lacrosse Team opened their season on Saturday with a double-header against the London Blue Devils at the Forest Glade Arena. A myriad of different scorers, combined with clutch goaltending, led to a pair of big wins for the home side as they cruised to 6-0 and 9-2 victories.
Joel Evans was the star in net for Windsor during the early game, stringing together a shutout, holding off London so his team could find their bearings. Neither team could find the twine in the opening frame.
In the second, Jake Rosa broke the stalemate 4:46 into the period. The Warlocks finished the second with a 2-0 lead on a late goal from Brayden Mayea.
Windsor hit the gas in the third, pumping the Blue Devils for 4 more goals before the final buzzer sounded. Jackman Schooley landed a pair of snipes only 52 seconds apart at the start of the frame, to give his team a commanding lead. Rosa and Mayea each added another to seal the deal.
Evans’ shutout is a rare and special feat in lacrosse, as it is such a high scoring sport. Most statisticians tally shutout periods, since full-game shutouts are so unheard of.
The afternoon game was dominated by the Warlocks, as London could not find the back of the net until the game was well out of reach.
Rosa, again, opened the scoring for the Warlocks only minutes into play. He was followed by Mayea and William Cecile who each added a tally.
The second frame was punctuated by three more blasts from Windsor. Schooley and Andrew Clark found the mesh, while Mayea added his second of the night as the locals took a 6-0 advantage into the break.
The Warlocks extended their lead in the third, as Joshua Jacobs bent the twine soon after the final stanza began. Chase Cosgrove, who was absolutely solid in net, had his shutout bid snapped by Matt Pattyn of the Blue Devils with 9:19 to play. Windsor answered back to make it 8-1 with another goal from Schooley. Patrick Hogan gave London their second of the night with just under 7 minutes to play, before Cecile ended their hopes about a minute later.
With the 9-2 victory, Cosgrove collected a pair of shutout periods and held the Blue Devils at bay for the most of the afternoon.
Coach John Rosa was happy with his boys efforts.
“It was a good start to the season. London has always been a strong team in our division and is nice to see our boys play a strong, team game,” said Rosa, who had a long career in the National Lacrosse League. “Although we have a long way to go on improving to be the team we strive to be, our defence played well.”
Rosa took special note of his goalie tandem, who combined for 5 shutout periods on the day.
“A big part of our team defence was our goaltending,” he stated. “Joel Evans and Chase Cosgrove both had solid games in net for us.”
The Midgets will receive a two week respite from play, returning for a home-and-home 4-game weekend on May 14 and 15. On the Saturday, the Warlocks will travel up to Point Edward to square off at 11:00am and 3:00pm with the Sarnia Pacers. The next day both teams will lock horns at the Forest Glade Arena at 11:00am and 2:00pm.