Plenty of Depth at Ontario Regional Combine
The third of four Regional Combine took place in Ontario this past Saturday. With torrential downpour rain and heavy winds as the backdrop, athletes from across Ontario and Quebec showcased their athleticism, skill, and lacrosse IQ for Canada staff at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations.
"As the Canada program continues to grow the introduction of our leaders from previous World Junior teams to our younger players is vital for their development." Said Chris Fox Canada General Manager. "There were a lot of new young faces at the combine which is great to see." Added Jeff Dowling who has served as Head Coach for Canada at four (4) IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championships; 2015 (C-Lax), 2016 (East), 2018, and 2019. "There was a ton of energy and very, very, high compete level between all the players," noted Dowling of the quality of play. Team Red defeated Team White by a score of 8-6.
Leading Team White in scoring was Samuel Morin (2004), from St. Hubert, Quebec, with 2 Goals while returners Michael Grace (2019 E-Box) and Jake Parkinson (2019 E-Box & WJLC) provided stability on defence and in transition, respectively, for Team White. Team Red was led in scoring by Alex Marinier (2003) with 3 Goals and 1 Assist and Tyler Davis with 2 Goals and 1 Assist. Secure on defence as well Team Red featured World Junior and E-Box returners Ethan Riggs and Blake Dunford, respectively. "During the scrimmage it was nice to see some of the players who have been part of previous teams become leaders out there and give advise to the younger guys." Added Dowling.
The forth and final Regional Combine will take place on Saturday January 18, 2020 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The Saskatchewan Regional Combine roster includes players from Saskatchewan, Alberta, and a large contingent from Manitoba who are eager for the chance to potentially represent Canada in Winnipeg this August.