(WINDSOR, ON) – In back-to-back games, the Windsor Warlocks’ Intermediate and Midget squads blasted their way to devastating wins at Forest Glade Arena on July 30, each clinching the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Zone 7 title in the process.
Early in the afternoon, the Intermediates squared off with their only regional competition, the Wallaceburg Red Devils, lambasting them in a 9-0 shutout victory. The Warlocks came out big in the opening frame with Josh Jacobs making it 1-0 just under four minutes in. He was followed with a pair of snipes by Andrew Clark before Aaron Duggan tallied to give Windsor a 4-0 spread into the break.
In the middle act, the Warlocks kept it coming. Jacobs and Duggan each tallied to put some more distance between themselves and the opposition. In the third period, an early goal by Will Cecile was trailed by blasts from Clarke and Jacobs, to complete their hat-tricks.
Clippers prospect Carson Hebner was perfect between the pipes as his team peppered the undermanned Red Devils squad.
Ranked No. 2 in the province, the Warlocks have the opportunity to be the first local squad to take an ‘A’ championship in recent memory. Their main competition will be the Whitby Warriors, who have shut them down in the semi-final at two consecutive tournaments this season.
The Intermediates will begin their Ontario Lacrosse Festival championship chase this coming Thursday in Whitby.
The Midgets played right after the Intermediates and were left with something to prove after their elimination from the OLA’s ‘A’ qualifiers just a week ago. Windsor got rolling early as Brayden Mayea blasted a pair of lasers past London Blue Devils’ goalie Owen Dew.
Blake Paterson extended the lead for the home side with five minutes left in the opening frame, but it was answered by London’s Owen Dale before the period ended.
In the second, coach John Rosa’s boys continued to push the pace, receiving goals from Connor McManus, Zane Dalpe, and Mayea to put the score to 6-1.
In the final act, the Blue Devils began to show some desperation. With just over 12 minutes remaining, London’s Dale made hard contact with Warlocks’ goalie Chase Cosgrove after a breakaway. Although he was pushed in by Windsor’s Jackson Land he made little effort to avoid the goalie.
Cosgrove was fine, but Josh Bennett was assessed an illegal cross-check penalty for retaliating after the play. London cashed in on the added momentum with a pair of quick goals by Quincy Abram and Kaleb Fulkerson.
With concentrated calmness, Windsor exacted their revenge. It became open season on Dew as the Warlocks peppered his cage. In the final nine minutes, the hometown boys popped five goals, two from Josh Rosa and singles by McManus, Dalpe, and Kaden Brennan.
Cosgrove was solid between the pipes for Windsor, picking up the 11-3 win to clinch the zone title.
For more information on the Windsor Warlocks lacrosse club and its programs, visit their official website.