(SASKATOON, SK) – Twice golden. Windsor native Zane Dalpe is a national lacrosse champion once again. On the evening of August 6, Dalpe and his Team Ontario brethren crushed Alberta 13-1 to clinch the Canadian bantam box lacrosse championship with a perfect 7-0 record.
Team ON scored early and often, sniping at will throughout the match. Eddie Qu, of Mississauga, and Dylan Robinson, of West Durham, led the way for the Ontarians, scoring a hat-trick apiece, Chris Dong, from Oakville, and Reid Valade, of Orangeville, added pairs, while Tyler Davis, of Wallaceburg, and Luke Dawick, from Oakville, netted singles.
Alberta’s lone goal was scored by Kean Moon.
Nepean goalie Will Johnston picked up the win in net.
Zane had previously competed in the 2014 peewee national tournament with twelve of his bantam teammates, winning the gold then, as well.
Although Dalpe is an offensive powerhouse with his Windsor Warlocks, he excelled in a more diverse role with Team Ontario. Showing off his skill set, Dalpe spent time with Ontario’s first power play line, as well as on face-offs, 6-on-5 advantages, and 5-on-6 short teams.
In the final game of the round robin, Zane’s labours came into full fruition as he sniped twice and added two helpers, leading his team to a 9-0 victory over First Nations. He was named player of the game for his efforts.
Ontario began the tournament on August 2 by slaughtering Manitoba 19-0. Later that night, they took a tight battle with Alberta, winning 6-2.
The next morning, the Ontarians continued the trend and ran over Team Nova Scotia, taking them in a 14-1 bushwhacking. And then, that evening, Team ON swatted down their rivals from British Columbia by a 7-4 score.
The host team was next on Ontario’s radar. They crushed the boys from Saskatchewan 13-2 in front of a home crowd Thursday morning.
After shutting out the First Nations squad on Friday, Ontario earned first place in the round robin and a ticket straight to the final against Alberta.
Dalpe’s peewees were an integral part of Ontario’s sweep of the 2016 Nationals at all age brackets. Zane’s gold was the second to be won by a Windsorite this year, after the first was earned by Reese Stewart and the girls’ midget squad.
In a release from the Dalpe family, Zane’s father described the scene after the win.
As I hugged my son after the victory, I noticed half of his front tooth was missing. He had taken a slash in the face late in the game and it had broken his tooth. A memory of a hard fought tournament.
The experience was, no doubt, a big moment in the young man’s life.
Zane was excited to play for Team Ontario for a second time. [He] finished the tournament with 3 goals and 10 assists. Overall, he finished second in the tournament in assists and tied for sixth in points.
The friendships and bonds made by this experience will be everlasting. The boys stayed together without their parents at the University of Saskatchewan dorms. Zane now has friends all over the province that he stays in touch with through social media.