Seven Six Nations Chiefs were singled out for individual awards by the 2013 Ontario Lacrosse Association Major Series season.
Goalies Evan Kirk, Brandon Miller and Brenner Jacobs won the Harry Lumlet Award given to the goalies
of the team that allows the fewest goals during the regular season.
The terrific trio combined to allow a scant 185 goals for a combined average of 7.85 goals per game in helping to earn the Chiefs’ top spot with a 16-3-1 record. Offensively, the Chiefs scored the most goals in the six team league.
The Chiefs coaching staff of head coach Rich Kilgour, and assistants Mike Lines, Duane Jacobs and Mouse Henry won honours as well as the league’s best bench bosses. Shawn Evans added the Jim Murphy Award for the league’s most valuable player to the Bucko McDonald award he earned as Major Series Lacrosse’s leading scorer. Evans won the scoring title by putting up 7 points in the last game of the season to overtake Shawn Williams. Evans wound up with 29 goals and 77 assists for 106 points while Williams finished with 27 goals and 776 assists for 103 points. Williams played all 20 of Brooklin’s games; Evans managed to pull out the scoring title despite missing one game while on a brief honeymoon after getting married during the season.
The Brampton Excelsiors, despite suffering their first losing season since 1990, took home a pair of league honours for individual players. Chris Corbeil was named the winner of the Merv McKenzie Award for top defensive player. Corbeil had an outstanding season in his own right and was a tremendous leader and role model for the group of young defenders with whom he played. He scored 4 goals and 10 assists while playing in 18 of the Excelsiors’ 20 games, all the while being matched up against opponents’ top offensive threats. Ethan O’Connor won the Gene Dopp award as top rookie in the closest voting of any of the awards. O’Connor showed huge improvement throughout the season in his role as a transition player. He displayed solid defence and was the team’s top-scoring player out of the back end with 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points in the 18 games he played. O’Connor’s speed and varied skill set make him a strong candidate to be a first-round pick in this September’s National Lacrosse League draft.
A big part of the Six Nations Chiefs successful season this year has been goaltending. The trio of Evan Kirk, Brandon Miller and Brenner Jacobs won the Harry Lumlet Award given to the goalies of the team that allows the fewest goals during the regular season. That number this year was 185 goals for a combined season average of 7.85 goals per game. (Photo by Jim Windle)
By Jim Windle