Saints Drop Second Straight to Gaels

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April 28th – The Saints home opener featured the unveiling of a new home jersey and a new era of Junior B lacrosse in Newmarket. The task at hand was another tough one as the Saints hosted the Gaels in the back-end of a home-and-home.

Dylan Munro got the call in goal, starting his first game for the Saints. Things got off to a nice start for the red, blue and white side. Angus Rawding netted his first as a Saint, followed up by another tally from Kavon Pinnock a few minutes later. But once again, the Gaels started chipping away, putting up five for their side, to finish the first up 5-2.

The second saw the Gaels get one early, then the teams settled in, trading chances. Austin Pringle answered back for the Saints mid-way through the period, but once again, the Gaels stepped it up with a four-goal flurry to end the period up 10-3.    

The third period was all Gaels. On a bright note, rookie Brodie Willard buried his first goal, but it wasn’t enough.

"That is a damn good ball club. If you’re not making mistakes, you aren't playing hard enough to help your team," said Saints Head Coach, Dan Ransom Sr. "We made some bad choices with the ball, having possession, giving it up and making it hard on ourselves. They don't need our help, we have to help ourselves.

“On the bright side, these are coachable things we can correct with the group of talented players we have playing for us."

Final score: Gaels 20 - Saints 5

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The Saints get right back at it on Sunday, hosting the Oakville Buzz. Game starts at 2PM at Ray Twinney.

Saints Fall to Gaels in Season Opener After Promising Start

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April 26th – The Saints opened the 2018 season in the belly of the beast, facing off with the defending Eastern Conference champs, the Clarington Green Gaels. Twelve Saints were getting their first taste of Junior B action and, early on, the youthful squad seemed unfazed by the moment.

Luca Romano opened the scoring just over a minute into the game, netting his first career goal. After that, rookie Dougie Crawford took over, scoring four times in the first period. Clarington didn’t back down and responded, scoring three late goals to head into the intermission with a 6-5 lead. 

The second period opened with the teams trading chances. Saints rookie goaltender Cory Campbell stood tall, but then the Gaels dug in and went on a run. Seven goals in eight minutes put the Saints on their heels and Clarington in the driver seat. The period closed at 13-6 for the Gaels.

 “We caught them early, hitting them hard and fast,” said Saints Head Coach, Dan Ransom Sr. “They realized they were in a game then and, being the experienced ball club that they are, they ramped it up.”

The third period saw the Gaels keep the pressure on. They added two more tallies in the first two minutes and then stifled the Saints attack with solid defence the rest of the way.

Final score: Gaels 18 - Saints 6.

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Next up – these two teams get right back at it. The Saints host the Gaels in their home opener at Ray Twinney at 3PM. Be sure to get there early as the Saints will be unveiling their new home jerseys and giving fans a chance to win one of their vintage jerseys.