Lacrosse

Novice Bengals roar with Ontario championship


The Hamilton Novice Bengals lacrosse team has raised the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Provincial “C” championship banner.

The Hamilton Bengals Novice team capped its season by winning the provincial “C” title on the weekend. Team members are, left to right: Back row - Steve Dunford coach/ manager, Robert Allen, head coach, and Joe Mair, coach.  Second row - Adam Ross, Tyler McDonald, Mathew Pocrnic, Hunter McGilvery, Will Stewart, Jordan Clannon, Bradon Mair, Clark Dunford, Nathan Lynch. Front row - (standing) Easton Wainwright, Adam Powell; (seated) Rogan Monaghan, Jack Ormond, Tyler Tremblay, Jamie Boschman, Owen Wright, Nathan Jones, James Monaghan (standing). Absent were Gabe Chariot and Dean Deligeorgis. (Photo: Karen Bell)

The Hamilton Bengals Novice team capped its season by winning the provincial “C” title on the weekend. Team members are, left to right: Back row – Steve Dunford coach/ manager, Robert Allen, head coach, and Joe Mair, coach. Second row – Adam Ross, Tyler McDonald, Mathew Pocrnic, Hunter McGilvery, Will Stewart, Jordan Clannon, Bradon Mair, Clark Dunford, Nathan Lynch. Front row – (standing) Easton Wainwright, Adam Powell; (seated) Rogan Monaghan, Jack Ormond, Tyler Tremblay, Jamie Boschman, Owen Wright, Nathan Jones, James Monaghan (standing). Absent were Gabe Chariot and Dean Deligeorgis. (Photo: Karen Bell)

The team of 8 to 10-year olds earned the provincial crown with a perfect 6-0 record on the Aug. 8-9 weekend when the Ontario Lacrosse’s Association staged its Provincial Championship Festival in Whitby.

En route to the title, the Bengals opened with a 5-4 win over Oakville #2, beat Sudbury, 13-5, and downed Brampton, 11-6, to get into the playoff rounds.

In their quarter-final game, the Bengals scored an 8-6 come-from-behind win to make the semis where they eliminated Owen Sound, 10-4.

That set up a championship match with Caledon and again the Bengals needed a come-from-behind effort for a 10-7 provincial championship.

Overall this season the team of 20 athletes – boys and girls – had a 19-15-1 record in tournament play and league play in the OLA’s Southern Ontario Zone 9. Beginning in April the players had two weekly practices with one or two games a week leading up to the tournament finale.

For the Hamilton Lacrosse Association, the provincial title was the group’s 50th anniversary.

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