JR. MAMMOTH WINS JR. NLL TITLE
For a program that has claimed box and field lacrosse championships aplenty over the past few years, the Jr. Mammoth viewed the inaugural Jr. NLL Tournament at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario this past weekend as the crown jewel of the box tournament circuit. As one of six NLL teams represented (joining the Buffalo Bandits, Minnesota Swarm, Rochester Knighthawks, Toronto Rock and Vancouver Stealth), the Jr. Mammoth stood above the rest, claiming the Peewee division championship.
“I’m so proud of the boys for representing our organization with class while displaying good sportsmanship throughout the weekend,” said Mammoth president & general manager Steve Govett. “This championship is one we’ll cherish!”
Mammoth head coach Bob Hamley, who coached the championship team, served as Committee Chair for the Jr. NLL Tournament. “This tournament really shows the progress of indoor lacrosse throughout North America. This is our future as a league, so we need to continue to promote them as well as our markets. These kids will never forget this experience."
In the championship game, the Jr. Mammoth led the Jr. Rock, 3-2, at halftime, and outscored Toronto, 4-1, in the second half. Colorado claimed the Peewee crown with a 7-3 victory.
The fourth-seeded Jr. Mammoth Bantams avenged an eight-goal defeat in pool play to the Jr. Knighthawks (Six Nations, Ontario) by defeating the top overall seed (Knighthawks), 6-3, in the semifinals to advance to the championship game. In the title bout, the Jr. Rock prevailed, 10-7.