In the first game, it looked like both teams were revving up for the upcoming playoffs. Good turnout, quick passes, fast breaks, tight checking, lots of effort and running – pleasant game to watch. Team Russ scored a couple early but Team Juniors fought back to tie it midway through the 1st period. Team Russ was able to get another one late and the 1st period ended with Team Russ ahead 3-2. 2nd period was back and forth again with Team Juniors turning it on late in the period and taking advantage of a last minute goalie brain fart to end the period up by one – 7-6. Juniors pressed hard early in the 3rd and were up 10-8 but were unable to hold off the dreaded, vociferous JKOW. End result Team Juniors 10 – Team Russ 10.
Second game wasn’t as high intensity. Benches were shorter with Team Blair missing both their high scoring ringers, but Justin, nursing a sore knee in the Team Joe net, seemed to provide Team Blair a chance at an interesting battle. And so it appeared to start – 1st period was a close, low scoring affair – ending deadlocked at 2. Second and third periods were all Team Joe with Matt Austin leading the way and Justin flat out robbing Matt Vlemmix on numerous opportunities. So much for the sore knee when chirping rights are on the line! Final result Team Joe 10 – Team Blair 3.
Last week of the regular season should be interesting – Team Russ vs Team Joe may vault one of the teams into a temporary tie for first depending on the results of the late game. Team Juniors can clinch the coveted regular season champion’s “Bucket of Greasy Used Balls Trophy/Cup/Bucket(?)” with a win or a tie. Team Blair with a victory might deny Team Juniors their quest for 1st and possibly avoid the “Roll of Crumpled Up Tape Award” by climbing out of last place . Come out, one and all, to see London Masters House League lacrosse put it all on the line to jockey for the all important playoff seedings. For lack of anything better and to make stuff challenging for the MATH IS HARD crowd, ties to be broken using the infamous OLA formula (Head to Head record, then GF/(GF+GA) using scores between all teams, then lowest penalty minutes, then coin toss). I’ll leave it to the OCD types to run through the various permutation and combinations but suffice to say, only 1 possible result of 9 doesn’t end up with a Team Juniors vs Team Blair/ Team Joe vs. Team Russ first round matchup. Extra credit if you show your work in a neat and readable format!
Anyway, next week, August 13, 2014:
Team Joe vs. Team Russ 7:00pm
Team Blair vs. Team Juniors 8:15pm