(WINDSOR, ON) – With a month to go in the season, the Windsor Warlocks Bantam Rep lacrosse team is laying down the groundwork for a big playoff run. With a 6-8-2 record, the Warlocks have continued their potential all season, despite have a very young squad.
“The team is made up of 11 minors and four majors,” explained coach Guy Good. “In saying that, it’s taken a bit for them to get used to the higher level and more physical play, but they are coming along nicely. The season has been up and down with the growing pains of adjusting to the more physical play.”
Led by defensive standouts Kale Couvillon, Jacob Higgins, and Zack Vaillancourt, the D-squad is excelling at shutting down their opponent’s scoring.
“Defence is coming along nicely and getting better each practice,” said Good.
Keeping their opponents to only 77 goals in 16 games, the Bantams are anchored by Marcus Stanley between the pipes. His performance in net has been duly noted by his coach.
“Marcus is improving his skills into a top level goalie,” stated Good.
The offence is a mixture of veterans and first-year bantams.
“Our offence is slowly coming along,” said Good. “Malikye [Good], Nathan Dowling, and Calum [Brennan], which are minors, [are] adjusting to the physical bantam play and following the leadership of the majors like Ryan [Clark], Jack [Bulmer], and Kale [Couvillion]. Everyone is playing strong defence and offence will follow also [as they] to improve on ball movement.”
The Bantam’s roster is rounded out by Xander Derkatz, Koah Frias, Ngwiisus Whiteye, Liam Kapusniak, Ajinn Vaneassel, and Nate Dethomasis.
Connor Scott, a notably dedicated player, was recently injured and is out the rest of the season.
“He still comes to practice, he just loves being around the games,” said Good.
As the Warlocks prepare for the upcoming Zone 7 championships and the Ontario Lacrosse Festival, or Provincials, in Whitby this August, Good states that his biggest concern going into their final month is working on his team’s conditioning.
In his efforts to get his team into tip top shape, he is aided by coaches Lee Dowling, Cody Holmes, Mike Bulmer, and manager John Scott.
“I’m very lucky to have all this help on the bench, as there is plenty of experience,” said Good.
The Bantams are next in action this Saturday as they host the Wallaceburg Griffins at 10:00am and 1:00pm at Forest Glade Arena. Also playing that day will be the Midgets, at 12noon and 2:00pm, and the Intermediate girls at 12noon and 3:00pm.
On Sunday, the Warlock Tykes will be playing at 10:00am and 1:00pm, and the Novices at 11:00am and 2:00pm; all at Forest Glade Arena against the London Blue Devils.
Come out and enjoy some exciting lacrosse action!
For more information on the Windsor Warlocks lacrosse club and its programs, visit their official website.