Bantam Warlocks Remain Undefeated

Griffin Salaris makes yet another big save.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Griffin Salaris makes yet another big save.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Mighton-header columnBy Devan Mighton

(WINDSOR, ON) – With a pair of big wins over the Wallaceburg Griffins on Saturday, the Windsor Warlocks Bantam lacrosse club has taken firm control over the Zone 7 regular season with a perfect 6-0 record.

In the morning game of the doubleheader, the Windsor Bantams started with some big possessions, running up 3 goals in the opening frame on Griffins goalie Adriian Zandvliex.  Connor McManus tapped in an early one, followed by late blasts from Kaden Brennan, and Jackson Land.  Tender Griffin Salaris picked up his first of two shutout periods in the match-up.

The Warlocks continued to build in the second with a pair of goals from Zane Dalpe, followed by a single marker from Ryan Clark.  Afterwards, Wallaceburg slipped out of their catharsis, albeit briefly, with two late snipes from Landon Allaer and Carson Langs to end the period.

A Windsor player (21) pinches off a Griffin deep in the Warlocks' zone. Photo by Devan Mighton.

A Windsor player (21) pinches off a Griffin deep in the Warlocks’ zone.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor got back to business in the third, getting scoring markers from McManus and a pair more from Dalpe to cement the win.  Salaris picked up yet another blanked frame.

The second game was the Connor McManus show.

Dalpe continued his high flying ways by opening the scoring that afternoon, early in the first stanza.  This time the Griffins responded, finding offense from Langs.  McManus answered back with a snipe of his own to give his team the advantage into the break.

In the middle act, McManus would pick up his second goal only two minutes in.  Wallaceburg’s Shayne Logan hammered a shot past Salaris to bring his boys back within one, but Dalpe would score two more times in the period to complete his hatty and give his boys a 6-3 lead.

Baily Rolph winds up for a blast from the top. Photo by Devan Mighton.

Baily Rolph winds up for a blast from the top.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

In the closing frame, Langs scored again for the Griffins, but it was all they could muster.  Jacob Fields and Joshua Rosa both bent the mesh for the Warlocks to extend the lead, then McManus sniped two more goals to put it out of reach.

Salaris was in net for both wins for Windsor, while Zandvliex played the duration for Wallaceburg.

“[We had] strong ball movement laterally through the crease, [which] allowed us to create and capitalize on many of our scoring chances,” said coach Chris Derkatz after the conclusion of the weekend’s festivities.

Derkatz pointed to multiple factors that helped on the weekend.

“Solid goaltending by Griffin Salaris and team defense limited Wallaceburg’s scoring chances,” he explained. “The young men kept their composure; a large step in the right direction to bringing our team to the next level.”

The Bantams will be leaving town for the Mimico Tournament in Mississauga from today through May 29.

Joshua Rosa evades a pair of Griffins to get a shot on net.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Joshua Rosa evades a pair of Griffins to get a shot on net.
Photo by Devan Mighton.


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Devan Mighton
Devan is a former star with the Windsor Clippers and now an aspiring writer and photographer. His work has appeared here at The Square as well as in the Lakeshore News,, Tecumseh Shoreline, and Southshore News. Devan lives with his family in Essex County. Email Devan Mighton