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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Munro vs Munro, all in good lacrosse fun
by Randy Pascal

With the Rockhounds rep tournaments completed on the weekend, it was back to the more relaxed environment of the Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association houseleague games on Monday, with athletes busy at both the Carmichael and Coniston (Toe Blake) arenas.

Nowhere is the approach more diametrically opposed than in the midget/intermediate division, where no formal teams are assembled, and players are simply distributed on either side of the floor based on who shows up on any given evening.

The end result, for players like James Munro, who had just returned from the Beaches Tournament as one of just nine runners who suited up for coach Mike Marion, is the opportunity to work on different facets of his game.

"There's no hitting, so I don't have to worry about injuring myself," noted the 16 year-old undersized lacrosse player. "We just go out and have fun, work on fundamentals. There's not a whole lot of defense."

Adding to the unique setting was the fact that on this evening at least, Munro was facing his older sister Emma on the opposing team, with his sibling's squad very much getting the better of James and his crew.

"I don't like to go too hard on her," he said with a laugh. "Even if she's my sister, the bigger guys are going to come after me if I crank her." By the time that Emma had completed her hat-trick, the attitude was changing, just a little.

"I'm going to play in front of her, a little bit tougher now, because she's already got three goals." For his part, James countered with a three goal effort of his own, taking on a role at the houseleague level that varies notably from his focus as a member of the Rockhounds.

"In intermediate rep, I'm not a top goal scorer," he said. "Here, it helps to work on your game sense. When I first went up to intermediate, it was really intimidating. Everybody is bigger than me, and it's a way faster game."

"I'm pretty fast, so I really want to work on getting to every loose ball, work on setting picks, passing, playing hard defense, that kind of thing." Emma and "Team White" prevailed in Coniston by a final score of 13-4, as Eric Dumais, Nick Marion, David Withers and Mitchell Mousseau all enjoyed two goal efforts, Riley Furlong added a solo marker, and Emma Munro finished with four.

Sharlene Restoule joined James Munro on the scoresheet for "Team Blue". In Novice action earlier in the evening, Mathieu Brassard and Matti Youppi scored three goals each, leading the Stealth to a 12-2 win over the Mammoth.

Jacob Barney (2), Ben Harris, Dax Lamoureux, Matthew Murphy and Kadin Broomhead rounded out the scoring for the winners, with Sam Dumais and D.J. Teale replying in a losing cause.

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