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A more defensive approach to box lacrosse success

High scoring affairs are not the least bit unexpected in the world of Ontario competitive box lacrosse.

That, however, was not the game plan of the Sudbury Bantam Rockhounds, as coach Mathew Barney and company rode the outstanding netminding combination of Kiaus Lalonde and Mason Robertson, the intimidating defensive presence of Ken MacNeil and an overall team effort to a silver medal performance at the 2019 Stayner Hitmen Spring Showdown.

Tied 1-1 in the opening encounter entering the second period of play, the Rockhounds netted five unanswered goals, downing the Nepean Knights #3 6-1, with Ashton Eadie showing the way with a two-goal game.

Hitting the mark once apiece were Stephen Rathwell, Jacob Barney, Maxwell Vendette and Alex Hachez. The Sudbury squad made it back to back wins as Kiaus Lalonde recorded the shutout and Ashton Eadie handled all of the scoring, registering a hat trick in a 3-0 Rockhounds win over the Halton Hills Bulldogs #2.

Another three goal margin of victory to close off round robin play undefeated as the GSLA reps receive a first period goal from Cody Wahl and another hat trick from Eadie, taking down the host Stayner Hitmen 4-1.

Deadlocked in a 1-1 gold medal affair midway through the contest, the Rockhounds would see the Kawartha Lakes Fury net the final two goals of the day, downing the Sudbury crew 3-1, as Austin Arlt drilled home his first marker of the season.

Rounding out the 2019 Sudbury Bantam Rockhounds roster are Noah Larcher, Jack Gouchie, Matteo Guerin, Caden McDonald, Andrew Whitehouse, Jimmy Bourgeois and Brodie Neboneionquet, with Joe Gouchie and Owen Chamberlain unavailable for the weekend.

Joining coach Barney on the bench were Tim McDonald (ass't coach), Mike Miron (goalie/defence coach) and trainer Marc Guerin. The team will take part in one final tournament in Innisfil in July before readying for the OLA provincials in early August.

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