The Niagara Junior B Thunderhawks Lacrosse team came up short against the Windsor Clippers in the best-of-five first round of the Ontario Lacrosse League playoffs, losing three straight games.
The team lost 16-7 in the first game in Windsor but came back in game two in Virgil Friday, hoping to tie the series, but losing 10-8 in overtime.
Game three was back in Windsor Saturday night but although the Thunderhawks held an 8-6 lead going into the third period, they could not hold it and lost 10-8.
There was no quit in this team and they showed it by outshooting Windsor in the last two meetings, but could not find the back of the net enough to overcome the score, said coach Randy Chrysler.
“This was the deepest team we have had in recent years in Niagara, and for it to come to an end quicker than any of us wanted was tough on the guys,” added general manager Dave Mines.
There were seven seniors on this season’s team, a couple of whom have played their entire minor lacrosse career for Niagara, going on to play for the Jr. B Thunderhawks, so for seniors such as Kent Baker-Printup and Matthew Mines, the loss was even tougher.
“You only get so many chances to put a solid team together with older guys, and we thought this might be one of those times,” said GM Mines.