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THINGS TO KNOW FROM NOTL MINOR LACROSSE

 

U17's Make 'C' Finals

The U17 T'Hawks went to the provincials with a lofty goal of 3peating!!  Unfortunately, they made the finals and were defeated by Orillia (9-5).  They boys put forth a valiant only to come up short.  In round robin play they went 3-0 defeating Mimico 2 (13-2), Guelph (9-3) and Toronto Stars 2 (8-6), putting the 'Hawks into a tough sem-final game versus West Durham.  After regulation, the game was tied placing them into overtime halves.  Through patience and determination, the 'Hawks earned a place in the finals winning 11-9.

Congratulations to the boys for a great season and special thanks go to our graduating Midget players Aiden Buis, Chris Weier, Connor Battiston, Nick Armstrong, Alex Micelli that helped the team to be so successful this season. 

U15's Make 'B' Semi-Finals

After a dominating regular season in 'C', the U15 boys earned a 'B' ranking in Provincials.  In round robin play, the T-Hawks defeated a tough Six Nations team 12-8, Burlington 15-3, but lost to West Durham 9-4.  When the math was calculated, NOTL earned a semi-final position. In the Semi-Finals, it was a tough loss 9-8 to the silver metalist Oakville #2. 

Congratulations to the coaching staff of Adam Lukanchoff, Gary Friesen and Bryan Neufeld for their success and thank them for their time and effort working with the kids!

U13's Make 'C' Finals

The NOTL U13 team had a commanding round robin provincial tournament.  After going 3-0 defeating London (11-7), Oshawa (14-3), and Caledon (7-2) they entered the semi-finals against Whitby 3 defeating them 9-2 to earn a spot in the finals.  During finals play, they team had a nail bitting fight against Caledon.  Unfortunately, Caledon scored first and didn't relinquish the lead.  The T-Hawks came back within 1 goal, but fell short losing a 5-4 heartbreaker. 

Congratulations to the coaching staff, BJ Trush, Rob Wilson & John Lowe for a great season and 3 cheers for the kids for another great season and showing in provincials.

2014 AGM-Philadelphia Can/Am Challenge Announced

The annual Can/Am Challenge between NOTL Lax and Radnor, PA will be a good this season.  Due to last years inability to coordinate the exchange, this year there will be two events.

May 22-25 - NOTL will be going to Radnor - NCAA Tournament is also again in Philly.

July 16-19 - Radnor will be coming to NOTL

Please, mark your calendars!! This is an excellent life experience for our kids, but requires parents to open their homes and billet Radnor players for two nights.  In the past we had only a small few families who offered their homes, but this is a little overwhelming.  We ask all Peewee & Bantam families to accept 2 players to billet for the weekend. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.

2014 AGM-

Next Meeting

January 22nd
2014 AGM-Registration Dates 2015

January 24th - if you sign up early you get 2hrs. of volunteer time taken off your volunteer hours.

February 14th - if you sign up early you get 1hr. of volunteer time taken off your volunteer hours.

March 7th - no volunteer discount.

2014 AGM-Calling for Board Members

The 2015 Board is looking for the following positions to be filled ....

Head Registrar

Social Media/Webmaster

If you or anyone you know wishes to take on this responsibility for improving our association, please contact our President ( Neil Viola ) and attend our next board meeting to accept the nominaton on Jan. 22nd, 7pm, Mary Snider Room, Virgil Arena.

2014 AGM-

New Board Members

The 2015 season will see a loss of a few long time members and few new faces on the Board.  We thank all those past members for their hard work and dedication (Deste Lepp-Secretary, Jessica Williams-Treasurer)and thank the new members who have been elected ( Trevor Parker - Coaching Convenor, Christa Rawesthorne-Treasurer, Colleen O'Gorman-Secretary).
6 NOTL'ers play Fall Field in USA

6 Niagara Thunderhawks participate in Fall Field Lacrosse. Chris Wilson played a number of U11 tournaments for Edge Lacrosse and Keaton Boldt played in Ithaca, NY at the 23rd annual Turkey Shoot.

Saul VanderZalm, Matthew Mines, Chris Weier, Mason Boldt all particpated with True North Lacrosse Junior Varsity Team to win 2 of 3 tournaments in Rochester and Ithaca. Congrats Boys!

Bantam's put forth a good showing in tournaments

Congratulations to both Bantam teams who placed very well in both of their tournament.  The Bantam 2 team met Nepean in the consolation finals with only 9 players and pulled out a victory. 

The Bantam 1 team had similar success going 4-0 in the round robin and losing to Halton Hills1 in OT.  They too finished the weekend with only 10 players due to injuries in previous games. 

Congratulations boys and keep up the good work!

NOTL Tournament

Another great tournament by the Thunderhawks!  We had a lot of excellent participation from a large number of teams at a number of different skill levels.  Thank you to all those volunteers for allowing this tournament to be such a success!!

Special congratulations to our Novice 1 Team for making it to the Finals and our Peewee 1 Team for winning their division championship. 

The Peewee 1's went into the finals against a strong Brampton team, who beat them the day before 8-1, but NOTL focused on Defense, smart play and hard work to redeem themselves in a game that went into overtime!

Provincials

A fantastic weekend of field lacrosse in Brampton saw all Niagara teams make it to the finals in their respective division, and the Bantam team repeat as provincial champions.

 

The Novice team posted wins in all of their round robin games.  The first was a come from behind win against Mimico ending in a score of 7-5.  Goals were scored by Kris Wilson with 4 and Cameron Lowe, Nolan Price and Ethan Williams with singles.  The team then went on to handily defeat both Orillia (11-3) and Kitchener (8-2).  Wilson and Lowe again led the scoring with Price, Williams, Nathan Rawsthorne, Mattao Fabiano, Jack Parker and Aaron Wilson also finding the net.  Assists came from Noah Ostromecki and Luke Lazarz.  In the semi-final game, the novices played well against a strong team from Halton Hills, winning 8-4.  Rawsthorne and Price both posted 3 goals, with Wilson and Ostromecki contributing singles.  Liam Dietsch, Lowe and Parker assisted.  In the final championship game, the novices again matched up against Mimico, but this time were unable to hold off their persistent attack, losing 8-1.  Scoring the lone goal was Rawsthorne, set up by Mitchell Berg.   Gavin Black and Will Caughill split duties in net over the weekend, each playing very well.

 

In Peewee action, the team started their run for the championship against Centre Wellington, ending in a 5-5 tie.  Scoring came from Wade Foster, Hunter Ostromecki and Cole Burgess, with assists from Mac Armstrong, Jaden Patterson, and Keaton Boldt.  The next games saw the Peewees dominate their opponents, winning 14-5 over Oakville and 7-1 over Northumberland.  Scoring in these games were Foster, Ostromecki, Burgess, Armstrong, Patterson, Matteo Giampa and Desmond Pickell.  Assisting was Brett Wilson.  In their semi-final game, the team continued their winning ways, beating Kawartha Lakes 10-2.  Goals came from Armstrong, Ostromecki, Wilson and Pickell, with assists from Giampa, Patterson and Cam Schultz.  In their final game, the Peewees faced a rematch with Centre Wellington.  The team was down 5-0 at the half, but battled their way back to tie the game and force overtime action.  Scoring was led by Pickell and Giampa.  The strong defensive core of Jordan Wiens, Nathan Wilson, Dante Gallichio and Keaton Boldt, along with goalie Nick Schmidt, held their team in contention for the provincial title through two overtime periods until Centre Wellington fired in the winner, ending the game in a tough 7-6 loss.

 

The Bantam team played their best games of the season going undefeated through the weekend.  Starting with a romp over Oshawa in their first game that saw many players find the net, including Max Smit with his first field lacrosse goal, the Bantams gained momentum and pulled out additional wins against Hamilton (8-6) and West Durham (9-8) in their round robin games.  Leading the scoring was Jared Mines, with Braeden Rawsthorne, Cam Overstrom, Connor Watson, Alex Read and Mason Boldt contributing.  In their semi-final game, the team continued to build on good ball movement, defeating Kawartha Lakes 13-6.  Scoring came from Rawsthorne, Mines, Overstrom and Watson with assists from Read, Boldt and Chris Smith.  In the championship final, the Bantams faced Centre Wellington and controlled the game through the majority of match, resulting in a 12-5 victory and the provincial title.  Finding the net were Rawsthorne, Mines, Overstrom, Smith, Watson and Nolan Fehr.  Boldt was strong on draws and posted 8 assists.  The defense consisting of Reid Lowe, Mike Weier, Quinton Walter and Michael Wilson shut down their opponents scoring opportunities.  Alexandre Brillon was phenomenal in net during the entire weekend.  

 

Thanks to coaches Adam Lukanchoff, BJ Trush and Andy Boldt for another successful season.

Field Week 4-5

Niagara Field Lacrosse Teams Gearing Up for Provincials Weekend

 

On May 3rd, both the Novice and Peewee field teams finished out their regular season of play.  The Novices faced tough teams from Guelph and Centre Wellington after being moved up a division in their ranking.  The first game was a 5-2 loss, with Niagara goals coming from Kris Wilson and Jack Parker.  Nolan Price and Ethan Williams assisted.  Good defensive play from team long poles kept the game close.  In Game 2, Niagara lost 7-3, with goals coming from Wilson, Price and Gavin Black.

 

The Peewee team split the weekend with a win and a loss.  In their first game, the Peewees came out strong against Kitchener, winning 8-2.  Scoring was lead by Hunter Ostromecki with 7 goals and Connor Barton posted his first goal of the season.  Assists came from Brett Wilson, Cole Burgess and Keaton Boldt.  Game 2 ended in a 10-6 loss for Niagara against Centre Wellington.  Goals were scored by Ostromecki, Burgess and Boldt.  Assisting were Mac Armstrong, Wade Foster, Cameron Shulz and Jaden Patterson.

 

On May 10th and 11th , the Bantam team played their qualifier round of games in Guelph.  This exciting weekend of tough play and team work ended in the team placing third overall in their division and moving on to Provincials.  In Game 1, the Bantams matched up against a big team from Hamilton and lost 12-7.  Scoring in this game were Connor Watson, Alex Read, Cameron Overstrom, Braeden Rawsthorne and Joe Fragnito.  Assists came from Chris Smith and Mason Boldt.  The Bantams rallied for Game 2 and pulled out a 16-10 win over Guelph.  Goals were posted by Overstrom, Rawsthorne, Smith, Watson, Fragnito and Jared Mines.  Alexandre Brillon, filling in for injured goalie Kyle Legros, played extremely well in net.  Game 3 ended in a heart-breaking 12-8 loss to Centre Wellington after Niagara had led in the game for 3 quarters.  Goals were scored by Overstrom, Watson, Mines, Read, and Smith.  Assisting were Boldt, Watson, and Reid Lowe.  In their final game, the Bantams posted a dominant 12-5 win over Oakville.  Scoring came from Fragnito, Watson, Rawsthorne, Smith, Boldt, Mines, Read and Justin Reimer.  Rookie players Andy Berti and Max Smit dug deep and contributed to a number of key plays.

 

Provincials will be played this weekend in Brampton.  Good luck to all teams!

Field Week 3

Weekend Full of Wins for all Niagara Field Lacrosse Teams in Kitchener

 

The Niagara Thunderhawks field lacrosse Novices continued their winning ways in Kitchener this past weekend, posting identical 11-5 scores against both Hamilton and Centre Wellington.  Scoring in Game 1 were Kris Wilson and Nolan Price with 3 goals each, while Cam Lowe, Jack Parker, Liam Dietsch, and Matteo Fabiano each contributed singles.  Assists came from Ethan Williams, Wilson, Price, and Lowe.  Game 2 saw Christian Blaylock, Mitchell Berg and Aaron Wilson finding the net to contribute some key goals, along with scoring from Lowe, Price and Kris Wilson.  Will Caughill continued his strong play in net.

 

In Peewee action, the team continued to build on good passing and ball movement, resulting in a win and a tie in their two games.  In Game 1, a 9-3 win over Guelph, the attackmen trio of Brian Smith (3 goals), Desmond Pickel (3 goals), and Joseph Hoover (1 goal) led the scoring, while Cole Burgess and Matteo Giampa also pitched in with 1 each.  Game 2 was a tighter affair, with back and forth scoring, ending in a 4-4 tie versus Centre Wellington.  Scoring came from Smith (2 goals), Hoover and MacGregor Armstrong.  Assisting were Pickel, Giampa and Hoover.   Strong defensive play came from Nathan Wilson, Dante Gallichio, and Keaton Boldt.  Nick Schmidt was very consistent between the pipes.

 

Bantams also demonstrated fantastic team play this weekend leading to two impressive wins.  Game 1 was a dominant 11-3 romp over Guelph.  Scoring in this game was led by Chris Smith, Alex Read, Conner Watson and Braeden Rawsthorne with 2 goals each, and singles coming from Nolan Fehr, Cameron Overstrom, and Trent Hunter.  Assisting were Alex Brillon, Justin Reimer, and Mason Boldt.  In Game 2, the bantams continued to focus on moving the ball well, resulting in an 8-6 win over Oakville.  Finding the net in this game were Boldt, Rawsthorne, Overstrom, Fehr, Read and Jared Mines.  A highlight was Andy Berti driving to the net to post his first field lacrosse goal and also contributing an assist in the game.  Kyle Legros was active in net, making a number of timely saves.   

Field Week 1-2

Niagara Thunderhawks Field Lacrosse Teams Back in Action

 

On the heels of a successful season last spring, Niagara teams took to the fields the past two weekends in Guelph to start their 2014 season.  With the weather co-operating nicely, all three teams worked hard and played well.

 

In Novice action, the team posted a 7-5 loss to Halton Hills 2 and a commanding 11-2 win over Center Wellington in Week 1.  Scoring in the games were Cam Lowe, Luke Lazar, Kris Wilson, Ethan Williams, Nathan Rawsthorne, Nolan Price, and Jack Parker.  Assists came from Williams, Lowe, Wilson, Matteo Fabiano, Gavin Black, Sam Walker, and Nathan Fehr.  Noah Ostromecki stepped up in net and posted an assist as well.

Week 2 continued to be successful for the novices as they earned two big wins, 15-1 versus Guleph 2 and 11-3 versus Milton.  Good defense from Aaron Wilson, Lincoln Fornier and Fehr contributed to their dominance.  Will Caughill stood tall between the pipes and made some timely saves.

 

The PeeWee team also posted a win and a loss in Week 1.  In their first game against Milton, the team started out slow but gained momentum throughout the game.  Unfortunately they were unable to find the net, losing 12-4.  Goals came from Matteo Giampa, Jaden Patterson, Brian Smith and Hunter Ostromecki.  Joseph Hoover assisted.  The PeeWees rallied in Game 2 winning 6-2 over Guelph 2.  Goals came from Hoover, Smith, MacGregor Armstrong and Nathan Wilson.  Nick Schmidt was strong in net in his field lacrosse debut.

In Week 2, the PeeWees continued to gel as a team but came up short in both games, losing 6-3 to Center Wellington and 8-4 against Milton.  Strong defensive play by Nathan Wilson, Dante Gallichio, and Keaton Boldt kept the games close.

 

The Bantams faced a tough start against a strong team from Six Nations, ending in a 12-4 loss in Week 1.  Scoring for Niagara were Alex Brillon, Jared Mines, Mason Boldt and Chris Smith.  Assists came from Reid Lowe, Trent Hunter and Jon MacIntyre.  In their second game against Guelph 2, Niagara came out strong losing by one goal in the dying minutes of the game.  Goals came from Connor Watson, Alex Read, Cam Overstrom, Braeden Rawsthorne, Smith, Mines and Hunter.  Kyle Legros played very well in net making many key saves.

Week 2 saw the Bantams post their first win 9-7 over Oakville, following a gruelling loss to Milton. Goals came from Watson, Boldt, Rawsthorne, Smith, Lowe, and Joe Fragnito.  Solid defensive performance came from Mike Weier, Quinton Walter and Mike Wilson.  

Keelan Buis Congratulations to Keelan Buis for being drafted in the 2nd round by St. Catharines Jr. A's.  Keelan has played his minor career in NOTL as a goalie and is following in the footsteps of a number of other NOTL players who have played for the A's. Most recent David Herkimer, also a goalie.  Good Luck Keelan and hope to see you around the rink!
NOTL Player Makes it to NCAA Congratulations to John Wagner for signing with Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Marquette, a division 1 school, will be an exciting once in a lifetime opportunity for John.  He presently is in Michigan going to Cranbrook, a Pre School, for lacrosse and hockey.
Coaching Applications Coaching applications are now available in the "Coaches Corner" page and are Due February 14th, 2014.
Early Registratrion

January 11th, 9-1pm, has been designated as our early registration for the 2014 season.  Due to field lacrosse's earlier start and need to give players the opportunity to find other places to play in the case we can't have enough to field a team. 

BRING CHEQUES ONLY PLEASE!

Town Recognition Our provincial championship teams have been official recognized by NOTL Town Council for their success this past season.  In a ceremony consisting of a mayoral congratulatory speech, all players were awarded town plaques to commemorate their success. 
Congrats to Connor Overstrom Congratulations go to Connor Overstrom for just recently being accepted to Pfeifer University in North Carolina for Field Lacrosse.  Connor learned box through NOTL Minor Lax, Plays Jr. B with our Thunderhawks and played field in High School and for EDGE lacrosse.  Through his excellent grades and hard work on his game, he is now going to a Division 2 school to play a sport he loves.  Congratulations and good luck!
Intermediate Girl Champs! Congratulations to the NOTL Intermediate Girls for also winning the Provincial Championships!!
Bantam Finalists Although its bitter sweet, the Bantam boys fought hard against some tough opponents to make it to the Provincial Championships.  After regulation, the score was tied and went into an overtime period where their Owen Sound opponents squeaked one past our goalie to win the game.  Congratulations to the team for making it that far!!!
PeeWee 2 Champs! Congratulations to the NOTL PeeWee 2 team for winning the Provincial championships!!! What a successful season and to win the Provincials, for most of the players, first season in lacrosse is quite an accomplishment!
Congratulations Peewee Boys Congratulations go to the Peewee Box team for winning our tournament.
Banatam Field

The Bantams also participated in the OMFLL Provincials.  The boys used teamwork and patience to dominate the semi and final games to win the Gold, despite a short bench. Congrats Boys!

Click the link below to see a presentation of their win!

http://prezi.com/thrqkpod_pls/

Novice & Peewee Field Teams Both the Novice and Peewee teams competed in the OMFLL Field Provincials over the Victoria Weekend.  They both came away with a Silver Medal.  Congratulations to both teams for doing such a great job!
Radnor Exchange

What a trip!! Everyone who participated had a once in a lifetime experience both playing and watching NCAA Championships. Thanks go to the organizing team, kids and parents who participated and made this trip a huge success!

Click on the link below to see a presentation of their experience!

http://prezi.com/xfawtqoiirit/

 

2013

Radnor

Exchange

 

 

 

NOTL -  PHILLY  EXCHANGE  - Coming  off  a  highly  successful  2012  exchange  in  Niagara  - this  years  exchange  with  Radnor , PA  will  be  held  May  24 - 27th.  Coincides  with  US  Memorial  Day  and  the  NCAA  Field  Championship  weekend  in  the  Philadelphia  area.  A  great  opportunity  for  our  Peewee  and Bantam  aged  players  to  learn  more  about  the  field  lacrosse  game. Discussion  on  travel  arrangements  are  being  undertaken  now  (  bus ? ). Logistics  at  the  Philadelphia  end  looked  after  by  Paul  and Mike French , Johnny Mouridian  an  the  NOTL  executive. Stay  tuned !!

Volunteer

Hours

 

Referee 

Clinics

  • Parents  -  your  4  hour  volunteer  requirement  can  be  filled  at  our  tournament
  • Watch for  sign  up  sheets  posted  in  the  arena

        - intersted  in  becoming  a  referee  ?  Contact  registrar  Darcy Price   for  clinic  times  and  dates . A  great  way  to  earn  $$  and  connected  to  the  fastest  game on  2  feet

 

2013  Junior A  Draft

        

          -  congratulations  to  David  Herkimer  (one  of  last  years  Midget  goalies ) who  was  selected  by  the  St  Catharines  Athletics  in  the  recent  Junior  A  draft.