Bantam Warlocks On A Roll

Windsor's Connor McManus (15) celebrates with teammates after a snipe.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Connor McManus (15) celebrates with teammates after a snipe.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Mighton-header columnBy Devan Mighton

(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Warlocks Bantam Rep team are riding the wave of success early on this 2016 lacrosse season. After starting the season with 8-1 and 7-2 victories against the Sarnia Pacers, the Bantams continued their winning ways by stomping out the London Blue Devils 6-1 and 7-3 on May 15, in front of the Windsor faithful.

Connor McManus started the ball rolling for the Warlocks during the morning game against the Blue Devils, scoring with 5:30 remaining in the opening frame.  Joshua Rosa was the next to bend the mesh for Windsor only minutes later.  The Warlocks would take a 2-0 spread into the break.

Windsor piled on the offense in the middle stretch, finding scoring from Bailey Rolph, Rosa again, and Dustin Kitching late in the period.  London’s Damon Doxtator broke the Warlocks’ Griffin Salaris’s shutout bid almost 28 minutes into the game.

Windsor's Ryan Clark steals a draw from London's Owen Dale.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Ryan Clark steals a draw from London’s Owen Dale.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Up 5-1, Windsor’s Xander Derkatz extended the lead early in the final stanza, shutting the door on a Blue Devils comeback.

Salaris snatched up the win in net and collected a pair of shutout periods for his team, while London’s Harrison Kerr took the loss at the other end.

That afternoon, the two teams returned to the floor for the rubber match.

The first period was a shooting gallery at both ends, as the rivals, together, popped in 5 goals.  The Warlocks had an early run, brandishing heavy artillery and hitting their mark, with Zane Dalpe blasting a pair, followed by McManus snapping home another.

The Blue Devils were not deterred.  Midway through the frame, Doxtator and Diego Sabino answered for London to bring the game back into control.

In the middle stanza, Windsor blew the game wide open from the starting gate.  The Warlocks found scoring from Jack Balmer and McManus, before Dalpe tallied to collect his hat-trick.  Near the halfway point of the game, Doxtator would get his second for London to bring the score to 6-3.

Windsor's Griffin Salaris commits larceny on London's Ty Fletcher as he attempts a Superman shot.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Griffin Salaris commits larceny on London’s Ty Fletcher as he attempts a Superman shot.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Dalpe would laser another one past London goalie Jake Cornelius with 7:38 remaining to put away them game.  Salaris picked up a blank period in the third to get his second win of the day.

“[That was] outstanding goaltending by Griffin Salaris in both games,” coach Chris Derkatz said after the games. “Otherwise the matches would have been much closer. Strong team defense resulted in multiple shot clock violations and good ball movement in the offensive zone, [but the] team will continue to work on foot speed and movement within the offensive zone moving forward.”

The Bantams will host the Wallaceburg Griffins on May 22 and will meet them on the road on June 4 for a pair of doubleheaders.

Windsor's Jackson Land (11) and Jacob Fields (14) make a London player pay for his possession against the boards.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Jackson Land (11) and Jacob Fields (14) make a London player pay for his possession against the boards.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

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Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata