SIX NATIONS — The other teams in the OJALL lacrosse system are happy with the Six Nations Arrows less than an impressive 6-8-0 season after 14-game so far this season. The Arrows did not get off to a good start and have been sputtering along so with inconsistent play giving away as many goals as they have scored following Saturday’s 10-8 overtime loss at the hands of the Orangeville Northmen.
Outside of veterans Austin Staats (36G,36A) and Travis longboat, (21G,23A), there hasn’t been a lot of offence in the Arrows mostly rookie lineup after losing several of last years’ team to overage.
The Arrows are watching the league from an unfamiliar vantage point so far this year, tied for eighth place with the KW Braves after 14 games, but a good late-season surge could move them into the top five.
As of Monday, the Burlington Chiefs, Brampton Excelsiors, St, Catharines Athletics and Orangeville Northmen are all ganged up for first with 22 points each. Whitby, Mimico, and Toronto Beaches stand between the Arrows and the top four.
Sunday night at the ILA, the Orangemen and Arrows traded first period goals with Austin Staats scoring first from Kevin Owen Hill and Drayden Patey at 1:11. Orangeville rebounded at 13:38 as Northmen sharp-shooter Kyle Waters began his five-goal, three-assist game to end the first period. 1-1.
Thirty-eight seconds into the second period Orangeville was up 2-1, but Longboat drew the teams even again at 2-2 at 1:25 from Leland Powless and Owen S. Hill. Waters closed out the period with his second and third of the game, the second one on a Northmen powerplay, and it was 4-2.
Travis Brown put Orangeville back on top with another powerplay goal. The Northstars were 3-6 on the powerplay while the Arrows were 0-3 in that department.
The Arrows found themselves down 7-4 with less than five minutes remaining in regulations time when Longboat scored from Tehoka Nanticoke and Jeremy Bomberry cut the Northmen lead to two. Then Devon Buckshot and Owen S. Hill stunned the visitors scoring at 19:37 and 19:55 to send the game into an overtime period where Waters scored his fourth and fifth of the game and Curtis Bukta added another for the Northmen before Nanticoke scored Six Nations last marker of the game for the one point Six Nations loss.
The Arrows were in Whitby Tuesday night in a game that will miss our deadline and will be in Peterborough Friday night to face the Lakers. Sunday, July 1st, the Lakers will be at the ILA for an afternoon return match, beginning at 3 pm.