Our Jr. B Brampton Excelsiors fought hard all week to capture fourth place at the 2022 Founders Cup this past week, hosted right here in Brampton. Through five games in as many days, the Excelsiors finished the round robin with a 2-2-1 record.
After opening their tournament with a big win over the Saskatchewan SWAT, they fell the following day to the Coquitlam Adanacs, who would go on to earn second place in the finals. On day three, our boys bounced back tying the Onadoga Redhawks in what was arguable one of the best games of lacrosse in the tournament. On the fourth day of competition, as all the teams were starting to feel the tournament fatigue, the Excelsiors pulled of an exciting win over the Edmonton Warriors, who they would go on to face again in the finals. Brampton ended their round robin play with a one goal loss to the undefeated (and eventual champions) Nepean Knights.
This record was good enough to land them in third heading into the finals to play for the bronze medal. Though they played their hearts out through three periods of intense back and forth lacrosse, the Excelsiors lost by a single goal to Edmonton, finishing fourth place over all. It was not the result anyone was hoping for, but after a season plagues with injuries and missing the OLA playoffs, this team came together, putting on a fantastic display of lacrosse, to show what they could really do!
Following their final game, the organization honoured and thanked Cole George, Alex Tingay, Frazer MacKenzie, Max McDonald and Dalton King, the team’s five graduating players, for their hard work and dedication to the Brampton Excelsiors, as well as head Coach Todd Wilfong for guiding this team through the organization’s first ever Founder’s Cup.
Finally, a very big and heart felt thank you to all the volunteers who have spent years planning this tournament, working with pandemic delays, and rushing around on game days to ensure everything ran smoothly. Also to the referees who worked day after day through the heat and pressure of a national championship, and to the minor officials off floor who sat in uncomfortable time boxes all day to make this event happen. It was a great team who all did their parts and brought Brampton the first of two back-to back national lacrosse championship. Many of the same volunteers move onto the Minto Cup this week, being hosted at the CAA Centre here in Brampton!