By JACK SKINNER
The Toronto Beaches Junior A Lacrosse team is currently five games into its season, sporting a record of two wins and three losses and sitting in sixth place in the 11-team Ontario Junior Lacrosse League (OJLL).
On May 16, Toronto Beaches opened their season with an 11-9 win over the Whitby Warriors. Beaches goals were scored by Greg Palmer and Willem Firth (with four each), Hunter Lubiniecki (with two) and Jacob Hickey.
The Beaches played their next game against the Whitby Warriors in their home opener on May 18 at the Pickering Rec Complex. Whitby won the game 9-3. Greg Palmer scored his fifth goal of the season to open the scoring and Peyton Booth and Nathan Pouliot both scored their first of the season for the Beaches.
The following home game took place on May 21. The Beaches lost to the Orangeville Northmen 10-5. Beaches goals were scored by Peyton Booth (with two), Jacob Hickey, Hamish McPherson and Zach Miller.
The Beaches then faced the undefeated Burlington Blaze on May 24. The game was close but Burlington kept their undefeated streak alive with an 11-10 win over the Beaches. The Beaches goals were scored by Peyton Booth, Willem Firth, Zach Miller, Jacob Hickey (with two), David Peterkin, and Hamish McPherson.
The following day the Beaches hosted the Brampton Excelsiors. The Beaches were down 7-4 mid-way through the second period, then scored seven unanswered goals to complete the comeback and eventually went on to win the game 12-10.
The Beaches were led by Willem Firth (with six goals), Hamish McPherson, Greg Palmer (with two), Peyton Booth, Jacob Hickey, Zach Miller.
Heading into the month of June, the Beaches will play their first home game at Scarborough Centennial Arena on June 1 against the Six Nations Arrows This game is Indigenous Heritage Night and Turtle’s Back Publishing will be setting up a table at the arena and donating a copy of the book Akhwatsirehkó:wa – My Big Family, to raffle off.
After the home game at Scarborough Centennial Arena, the Beaches will play two consecutive road games against the Oakville Buzz on June 3 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, and then will play the Peterborough Junior Lakers on June 5 at Peterborough Memorial Arena.
Following the road games, the Beaches will return home to host the St. Catherine Athletics on June 8, at Scarborough Centennial Arena.
For updates on the Toronto Beaches Junior A lacrosse team, go to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BeachesJrA