(FERGUS, ON) – The success keeps coming for the Windsor Warlocks Tyke lacrosse club. On June 25, the Tykes won their twelfth consecutive game to conquer yet another tournament and qualify for the ‘A’ division of the Ontario Lacrosse Associations’ provincial championship festival.
“Improving skills and getting excited to play – before every single game – can be difficult at any level of competition,” said Warlocks’ head coach Jason Brennan. “But, these kids succeed every practice and game.”
The Warlocks started off the C.W. Scott Gerrie Memorial Tournament in Fergus with a 10-6 win over the Innisfil Wolfpack on Friday, June 23.
Brock Brennan led the way for Windsor with five goals in the game, followed by Seth Veres with a pair, and singles for Brock Bildfell, Alex Schneider, and Travis Jankovich.
Later that day, the Warlocks dismantled the host Centre Wellington Mohawks with a 14-0 shellacking.
Schneider pushed the pace for Windsor with four goals, while Mason McIntyre put together a hat-trick. Jankovich, Brennan, and Veres each tallied twice and Bildfell put up a single marker in the win.
Kolten Brochu notched the shutout victory in net.
The next morning, the Warlocks were back in action against the Brampton Excelsiors.
Windsor won by a 12-6 score, fueled by another five-goal performance from Brennan. As well, Schneider picked up a hat-trick, Veres ripped the mesh twice, while Conner Montgomery and McIntyre tallied once.
Windsor returned to the floor the following morning for a rendezvous with the Orangeville Northmen.
The Warlocks put the pedal to the metal and outpaced the opposition by an 11-3 score.
Brennan, again, led the way with a hat-trick, followed by Montgomery, McIntyre, and Colton Welsh with doubles.
Schneider and Veres each scored once in the bout, while Brochu put up a shutout period in net.
With the win, the Tykes earned a berth to the tournament final and a rematch with Brampton.
This time, the Excelsiors were no pushover.
Off the opening faceoff, Brennan dented the mesh and picked up an early lead for the Warlocks. Soon after, Schneider doubled it.
Just under five minutes in, Ryan Reilly scored for the Excelsiors.
Bildfell and Montgomery responded for Windsor only to be bookended by goals from Brampton’s Ethan Rasetta and Lucas Ward.
A late period snipe from Schneider put the Warlocks up 5-3 going into the first break.
In the middle stanza, the two foes traded four goals apiece.
For Windsor, Schneider was on fire, ripping four goals, including three unassisted, for the natural sombrero.
The Excelsiors kept stride with two tallies from Reilly and singles from Rasetta and Logan Chalons.
In the final act, the Warlocks struck early and often in an attempt to outpace Brampton.
Bildfell opened the period with a blast just a couple minutes in, followed by a rocket from Brennan, and snipe number seven for Schneider to push the lead to five.
Despite the deficit, the Excelsiors attempted the late comeback. Goals from Reilly, Ward, and Arjan Nagra cut the lead to two with three minutes to go.
The Warlocks battened down the hatches, while Brochu and his defence fended off the Brampton offensive.
With the tournament win, the Tykes improved to a 15-3-0 record and secured their first berth into the OLA’s ‘A’ Division since 2003.
“We have a great set of kids, parents, and very supportive volunteer coaches,” said coach Brennan. “We’ve committed to a high set of expectations and challenged the kids to meet those by season’s end.”
The Warlocks will next be in action on July 16 as they host the London Blue Devils at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Forest Glade Arena.
The Ontario Lacrosse Festival will take place the week of August 6 in Whitby. The Tyke ‘A’ tournament will run August 6-8.
For more information on the Windsor Warlocks lacrosse club and its programs, visit WarlocksLacrosse.ca.