OHSWEKEN — The Six Nations Rivermen begins their defence of the 2015 Presidents Cup on Saturday, April 30, on the hard surface of the Gaylord Powless Arena, at 7 p.m. against the Ennismore James Gang.
The Rivermen finished the 2015 OLA Sr. B lacrosse regular season in first place with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, with Roger Vyse leading the league in scoring with 31 goals and 46 assists for 77 points in the 16 game schedule. Warren Hill and Chase Martin shared the league’s top goaltending stats.
This coming season there will be one less team as the St. Catharines Saints folded up between seasons, making it a six-team league for 2016. Returning to challenge the Rivermen will be the Brooklin Merchants, Ennismore James Gang, Oakville Titans, Owen Sound North Stars, and the Wallaceburg Thrashers.
The 2016 lineup is even more impressive than last year’s Champions in some areas. But what looks good on paper, sometimes looks like quite another thing in the dressing room if the chemistry is not right. There isn’t much to worry about on that account either with most of last year’s Champions expected to return plus more from overage junior players from the Minto Cup Arrows and the Founders Cup finalists, the Rebels, and NLL players returning following the pro season.
In an interview earlier this spring, coach Stew Monture was confident that his biggest problem is going to be finding enough spots on the Rivermen roster for the flood of top grade talent interested in pulling on a Rivermen jersey this coming season.