By TRT Staff with notes from ontarioseniorfieldlacrosse.com
MISSISSAUGA — On October 30, for the third time in their franchise history, the Hamilton Bengals became the Ontario Senior Men’s Field Lacrosse League (OSMFLL) “A” Division Champions with a team that hosts several athletes with Six Nations roots.
The Bengals were on a mission to prove that last season was no fluke. Although they faced some adversity throughout the season, including tying two games and losing one to Six Nations. The Bengals finished the regular season off with a win and never looked back. They went on an impressive 5-0 run en route to capturing their second A division title in a row.
Making it to the first semi-final at the Iceland Fields in Mississauga, the Hamilton Bengals took on the Orangeville Generals on October 28 in the A Division, and came out with a 10-6 win. At the other end, their opponent would be decided after a 11-5 for the London Mollys over the Milton Chaos.
On the same day, the Six Nations Stallions took on the Burlington Lakers in the B Division, coming away with a 9-13 win. Their opponents would determine the Toronto Blue Jays as their next face off, who won their match 9-7 over the United LC.
In the Championship game on Saturday, London led for most of the first half. Hamilton took the lead late in the 2nd quarter and was able to hold off a late London push thanks to the goaltending of rookie Connor Scott, Defensive MVP Vern Hill, and the rest of the stingy Hamilton defence.
In the A championship, the Bengals secured a well-decided victory 13-9. While the Stallions were just shy of capturing the B championship, with a score of 6-8.
The league offered congratulations to the Bengals for earning the “A” Division Championship and wrote to Facebook that “the game was exciting from start to finish.”
The league also offered congratulations to Vernon Hill of the Hamilton Bengals, who stood as a co-recipient of this year’s Sandy Lynch award for being the league’s top Defensive Player.