SIX NATIONS — The Six Nations Snipers of the new Arena Lacrosse League (ALL), are back on an even keel after opening the new season and the new league with a heartbreaking 13-8 loss to the Oshawa Outlaws last weekend at the ALL kick-off tournament in Toronto.
Saturday evening’s home opener was against the Paris RiverWolves at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Most of those fans on hand came to Six Nations from Paris to see their team loose the 18-7 decision.
The first goal scored at home for the new franchise was scored by Race Vyce, who scored at 2:20 of the first period from Travis Longboat and Danton Miller. By the 14:42 mark of the first quarter, the Six Nations Snipers had built up a 5-0 lead as Tyler Albrecht, Travis Longboat and a pair of goals by Patrick Corbett left the Wolves panting.
With one second left in the period the RiverWolves’ Brayden Curran finally scored on Chase Martin in the Snipers net to close the first quarter with Six Nations leading 5-1.
Paris clawed into the RiverWolves lead in the early going of the second period with Dan Keane and Brenden Thenhaus for a 5-3 Sniper lead a little over three minutes into the period.
Six Nations pushed back. Roger Vyse Layne Smith and Marty Hall added to the Snipers lead to make it 8-3.
Paris began pressing again with Ryan Carruthers notching the next two goals a little more than a minute apart and they were back to a three-goal deficit at 8-5. Travis Longboat put Six Nations ahead by a score of 9-5 before half-time.
Roger Vyse turned the Snipers score to double digits from Stu Hill at 2:49 of the third quarter. Andy Campbell answered for Paris, unassisted, but the Snipers cashed in on the next five goals before the quarter ended with Six Nations up 15-6. Stu Hill, Smith, Tyler Albrecht, Haodais Maracle and Danton Miller put the Snipers ahead.
Miller kept the Six Nations ball rolling early in the fourth quarter assisted by Tom Montour. Curran scored the RiverWolves last goal of the game at 8:16, but two late goals scored 39 seconds apart by Longboat and Smith made it an 18-7 final score in Six Nations favour.
Leading the offence for the Snipers two games into the inaugural season were: Travis Longboat (6G,4A), Layne Smith (2G,6A), captain Roger Vyse (2G,2A), Danton Miller (1G,2A), Haodais Maracle (2G,4A), Stu Hill (2G,4A), and Tom Montour with four assists.
This coming weekend of January21st, the Toronto Monarchs will pay a visit to the ILA Saturday, Jan. 21st for an afternoon date with the Snipers at 4 p.m. Paris will host the Peterborough Timbermen at the Syl Apps Arena. In other action, the Oshawa Outlaws visit the St. Catharines ShockWave at 1 p.m.
The individual experience of the Six Nations Snipers’ lineup was enough to overcome the Paris RiverWolves 18-7, in Arena Lacrosse League action Saturday, at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Photo by Jim Windle