Rockhounds find their lacrosse challenge in Caledon
by Randy Pascal
Sudbury Bantam Rockhounds head coach Benoit Douillette knew that the Bob Patching Memorial Lacrosse Tournament in Caledon would
serve as a challenge to his young team, and the competition did not disappoint.
The locals opened play last Friday with a 6-1 loss at the hands of the Niagara on the Lake Thunderhawks, as Ben Harris pulled the trigger
in accounting for the only Sudbury goal.
Next up, the Six Nations Chiefs, as the Rockhounds fare only slightly better, falling 6-2 in game two as Aiden Teeter and Zak Thompson
scored for the locals.
Something to cheer about later in the afternoon as the Sudbury squad hits the win column with a 5-1 victory over the Oakville Hawks, with Thompson
showing the way offensively with a two goal effort.
Aidan Teeter, Keegan Esquimaux-O and Brandon Salem also hit the mark for the Hounds, while goaltender Cloe Douillette continued her
strong play between the pipes.
Facing Six Nations in their semi-final encounter, the northern crew clearly brought their "A" game to the rink, leading 3-2 early in the third before the
Chiefs rallied with three unanswered goals, registering a 5-3 win and sending Sudbury on the road.
Esquimaux-O, Teeter and Salem tallied once each, as the Rockhounds returned to Sudbury to prepare for the GSLA (Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association)
playoff weekend from June 22nd to the 25th.
The Bantam Rockhounds were joined in Caledon by their Novice and Peewee counterparts, with the Novices dropping three straight games, while the Peewee
Rockhounds finished with a record of 1-1 in their pool, but were eliminated with a 4-0 quarter-final loss to the Milton Mavericks.