After after a hard fought defeat at the hands of the Barrie Lakeshores on opening night, the Beach Boys hosted the defending Minto Cup champion Six Nations Arrows on Sunday afternoon looking for their first win of the 2016 season.
The Beaches haven’t won against Six Nations since 2004, but the return of Aaron Forster and Jake Cook to the lineup, paired with outstanding performances from some youngsters proved to be enough to take down the Jr. A giants. 
After trailing for most of the game, the Beach Boys began to swing the momentum in their favour in the later minutes of the second period. They went into the 2nd intermission tied 8-8 with goals from Corson Kealey (3), Brody McLean (2), Aaron Forster, Jake Cook and Garrett Lewis. 
The 3rd period saw Beaches goalie Matthew Law hold Six Nations to just 1 goal in the period with a number of timely saves. A powerplay goal from Cory Burr would tied the game at 9 and at the 12:00 mark, Corson Kealey deposited his 4th goal of the game which would eventually become the game winner.
Law – a 5th year Junior A rookie goaltender – earned his first career Jr. A win and was awarded player of the game for the Beach Boys. Honorable mentions go to rookie Corson Kealey on his 4 goal performance and Tristan Hanna with 4 assists.
The Beach Boys will look to build on the win as they host GTA rivals the Mimico Mountaineers on Friday (May 20) at 8pm at Ted Reeve. Friday night will mark the first game in the mini series between both clubs as they battle for the newly created Greg Crombie GTA Challenge Cup. This new award is to commemorate Greg Crombie who was a main figure in both the Toronto Beaches and Mimico Junior lacrosse programs. The winner of the home-and-home season series will be awarded the cup and will retain the championship until the next season series is played.
NEXT HOME GAME: Friday, May 20 @ 8pm vs. Mimico Mountaineers
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Dilan Graham

The Toronto Beaches Jr. A Lacrosse Club are extremely excited to announce the addition of Dilan Graham to the bench that won the 2015 OJALL Coaching Staff of the Year. With that we would like to acknowledge and thank Garett Kikot who will no longer be on the coaching staff. Garett is stepping away from the team for personal reasons and we would like to thank him for his time with us and everything that he contributed to the teams recent success.

Dilan Graham is a born and raised Torontonian that grew up playing lacrosse and hockey in the city playing for the Toronto Beaches minor organization and AAA hockey for the Toronto Red Wings.  Dilan eventually played for the Toronto Beaches Jr. A for 4 seasons and was the captain of the Beach Boys in his final year.  He also played 4 years of NCAA Division 1 lacrosse at Bellarmine University as a defenseman and also won a CUFLA Championship with Brock University.  Dilan played Senior “A” Lacrosse for the Brooklyn Redman for 3 years, the Ajax-Pickering Rock for 2 years where he was the captain in his last year and finished his Senior “A” career with the Oakville Rock.

Dilan loves the game of lacrosse and have always enjoyed giving back.  Dilan coached with the Edge Lacrosse program for several years bringing many teams to recruitment tournaments in the United States.  He also coached minor box lacrosse for the Toronto Stars Lacrosse Club for two seasons and most recently helped coach the London Jr. B Blue Devils for part of the 2015 season.

Dilan currently lives in London with his girlfriend Megan and is excited to be travelling down the 401 this summer to get on the bench with the 2015 OJALL Coaching Staff of the Year, joining NLL New England Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark and Clem D’Orazio.

Welcome to the Beaches family Dilan!

 

The Toronto Beaches finished the 2015 season with a record of 9-10-1 which placed them 6th in the OJALL standings. The Beach Boys will be facing off against the Brampton Excelsiors in the Quarterfinal Round (Schedule To Be Announced).

 

Admissions at Ted Reeve Arena for the 2015 Playoffs:

Adults – $10

Children/Students – $5

Seniors – $5

 

NOTICE:

For all Beaches Jr. A season ticket holders, season tickets are not valid for the 2015 Playoffs.

 

We would like to thank all of our fans for their increasing support through the summer and we now ask that you continue that support as your Beach Boys bring Jr. A playoff lacrosse back to Ted Reeve!

 

#55 Joel Tinney

The Beach Boys travelled to Barrie (Innisfil actually) to battle the Lakeshores and bounce back from a very disappointing loss to Mimico on Friday night. Tonight marked the long awaited Beaches Jr. A debut of offensive spark plug #55 Joel Tinney. Tinney was acquired at the start of the season from Kitchener- Waterloo along with defender Zach McCulligh.

The first period started at an even pace with Barrie opening the scoring at the 12 minute mark. Barrie would go up 2-0 before Anthony Joaquim scored for the Beach. John St. John would score his first of the game to send the Beach Boys into the first intermission tied 2-2.

The Beach Boys would begin to take control in second period our scoring Barrie 4-2 in the frame. Goals came from St. John who sniped his second and third goals of the game, Joaquim put away his second and Jordan Goddard added one of his own. Beaches up 6-4 into the third period.

The Beaches offence blasted the Lakeshores in the third frame putting up 7. St. John scored his 4th of the contest, Joaquim scored his hat-trick goal and Goddard scored his second of the game. Solo markets came from Aaron Forster, Tristan Hanna, Matt Clearwater and Ryan MacSpadyen. The Beaches defence held Barrie to two goals in the period to secure the 13-6 victory.

Player of the game went to Beaches #6 Mitch Gustavsen for a terrific heart and soul effort on defence. Starting goalie Michael Lalani won his 7th game of the season making 32 saves. With the win the Beaches clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2006. The Beaches travel to Orangeville on Friday night before wrapping up the regular season hosting Kitchener on July 5.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars:

1) Mitch Gustavsen – Player of the Game

2) John St. John – 4 goals and 3 assists

3) Anthony Joaquim – 3 goals and 2 assists

The Toronto Beaches Jr. A Lacrosse Club would like to extend congratulations to our own head coach Glenn Clark and general manager Clem D’Orazio on joining the New England Black Wolves of the National Lacrosse League. Clark has been named the new Head Coach of the franchise while D’Orazio will be joining as Head Scout and Video Coordinator.

Glenn Clark

Glenn Clark

Clark will offer the Black Wolves a wealth of experience at all levels as a player and coach. Drafted in 1997 by the Ontario Raiders, he spent his rookie season with the Raiders before the team relocated to Toronto and became the Rock. The defender spent seven seasons with the Rock, winning five NLL championships while appearing in two All-Star Games. Clark signed a free agent contract with the Philadelphia Wings and spent the 2006 season with the Wings, earning his third All-Star appearance, before retiring at the end of the season. Following his playing career, Clark returned to Toronto as the head coach of the Rock. He spent two and a half seasons on the bench for the Rock, compiling a record of 12-19. In addition to his experience coaching in the NLL, Clark has served as an assistant coach for Team Canada since 2011 and earned Canadian Lacrosse League Coach of the Year honors in 2013 while with the Toronto Shooting Stars. He is currently leading his Toronto Beaches Jr. A to their first winning record since 2006.

Clem D'Orazio

Clem D’Orazio

Like Clark, Clem D’Orazio is also in his first season with the Beaches and as general manager he has assembled a team that is playoff bound for the first time since 2006. D’Orazio will also being bringing an impressive lacrosse resume. He is a highly respected lacrosse coach with the Everest Academy, Newmarket Redbirds Minor Lacrosse Club and the U19 Team Ontario Lacrosse Club. Clem’s coaching background includes being the assistant coach with the Brock University Men’s Field team from 2009-2011, where the team won one national championship and was a finalist twice. In 2011, he was a part of the Markham Ironheads Junior B OLA coaching staff of the year. Clem has 3 years of experience in Major Series Lacrosse as the head coach for the Brampton Excelsior’s Major Lacrosse Club and head coach/general manager with the Ajax Rock Major Lacrosse Club. 

As a Junior A organization we are so proud of Glenn and Clem and are privileged to have them with the Toronto Beaches. The Beaches community wish them both success in the upcoming NLL season and we look forward seeing them use their new experience as a tool to make the Beaches Jr. A successful for years to come. 

After a disappointing loss to Brampton on Friday night, the Beaches looked to right the ship as they hosted the Burlington Chiefs at the “Ted” for a Father’s Day matinee. The OJALL trade deadline was midnight on Saturday and the Beaches were amongst the teams looking to tweak their roster heading into the playoffs. GM Clem D’Orazio and Assistant GM James Tessier made two trades during the day. The first saw Ryan Lee and former Beaches player Ryan Fournier moved to Six Nations for Derek Thomas, a 2ndt round pick in 2016 and a 1st round pick in 2017. The Beaches also acquired d-man Matt Clearwater from Mimico, who was in the lineup against Burlington.

In the first period, Beach fans saw the home side jump to a quick 3-0 lead in the first three minutes of the period. Goals by Jack Kelly, Jordan Goddard and John St. John got the arena buzzing early. Burlington would score to make it 3-1 but Jack Kelly added his second of the game to restore the three goal lead heading into the first intermission.

Matt Clearwater

The second period was a back and forth affair with the Beaches and Chiefs trading goals at two a piece. Cory Burr and Zach McCulligh each scored to give the Beach Boys a 6-3 lead heading into the final frame.

Like many games this summer, the Beaches defense were able to smother the Chiefs offense in the third period, not allowing a goal against. The Beaches would lock up the win with two more goals scored by Ryan McSpadyen and Jake Cook.

Starting goalie Michael Lalani earned his 6th win of the season and made 52 saves in the contest. Player of the game went to newly acquired defenseman Matt Clearwater who was very impressive in his Beaches debut. The Beach Boys now move onto to Peterborough to battle the Laker on Monday night. The teams next home game is Friday, June 26 @ 8pm as they welcome the Mimico Mountaineers to the “Ted” for the first time ever.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars

1) Matt Clearwater – Named player of the game by his team.

2) John St. John – 1 G & 4 A in his 5th consecutive 4 or more point game.

3) Bryce Keats – 4 assists.

Last night the Beaches looked to bounce back after a disappointing lose to the Brampton Excelsiors that ended the Beach Boys four game win streak. The team welcomed the always dangerous Orangeville Northmen for the first meeting of two this summer. The Beach Boys put the loss in the previous game behind them and turned out a performance for the ages.

The first period began a tight contest between both clubs but the Beaches opened the scoring four minutes in as Ryan MacSpadyen scored. Aaron Forster also scored with assistant captain Anthony Joaquim adding a pair of his own. The Beach Boys led 4-1 after the 1st period.

The 2nd period featured a fury of Beaches offense unlike anything fans have seen this summer. Aaron Forster scores his second of the game only 20 seconds into the second frame. The Northmen would eventually answer but that was the beginning of the end for Orangeville. Led by John St. John, the Beach Boys exploded for six straight goals with St. John scoring 4 of them and Jake Cook and Garrett Lewis adding solo markers. The Beaches led 11-3 going into the second intermission.

The third period was a tighter affair as the Beaches defence held the Northmen to only two more goals while St. John scored his 5th goal of the game and Marcus Minichiello added an empty netter to wrap up the win for the Beach Boys 13-5.

Starting goalie Michael Lalani had his best game of the summer only allowing 5 goals on the Northmen’s 62 shots and also picking up his 5th win of the season. The Beaches now try to start a new winning streak as they travel to Brampton on Friday night. The teams next home game is this Sunday, June 21 @ 3pm vs. Burlington.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars

1) John St. John – 5 goals & 2 assists

2) Michael Lalani – 5 goals against & 57 saves

3) Aaron Forster – 2 goals & 2 assists

I can officially be said that the Beaches are on a roll. Last night the Beach Boys welcomed the 2nd place Peterborough Lakers to Ted Reeve looking to win their 4th straight game and continue to rise up the ranks this summer. Not only were the Beach Boys able to win four in a row, they now have 9 of a possible 10 points in their last five games going back to a 9-9 tie in Whitby. The team fell behind early but eventually righted the ship and prevailed 17-12.

The Beaches endured a slow start to the game with Peterborough coming fast out of the gate scoring the first three goals in the first 4 minutes. Garrett Lewis would score for the Beaches but Peterborough answered back only 45 seconds after. Goals from Jack Kelly and Aaron Forster brought the Beaches to within 1 goal but the Lakers added two more before the end of the period and the Beach Boys trailed 6-3 after one. Starting goalie Michael Lalani was replaced by Brayden Bell after the Lakers 6th goal and finished the game in net.

But like many games this season after a period that the team struggles it always seems that an intermission with head coach Glenn Clark changes everything. The second period was an onslaught of Beaches goals, outscoring the Laker 9-4 in the frame. Goals came fast and furious and in doubles as John St. John, Mitch Gustavsen and Anthony Joaquim all scored twice, while Kelly and Forster scored their second of the game and also Jordan Goddard getting in on the action. The Beaches led 12-10 after two periods of play.

The third period has consistently been the Beaches best period this summer and this game was no exception. Led by goalie Brayden Bell, the Beaches backend only gave up 2 goals in the period after allowing 10 in the first two. The offense just kept on rolling as Jack Kelly would get his first career Junior A hat-trick, Anthony Joaquim buried his 3rd and 4th goals of the game, while Jake Cook and Zach McCulligh scored lone markers. McCulligh’s goal was the first of the 5th years Junior A career.

With the win, the Beach Boys move into 5th place. But the team has little time to celebrate the victory as they host the Brampton Excelsiors on Sunday afternoon for a 3pm matinee game at the “Ted”.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars

1) Anthony Joaquim – 4 goals and 1 assist.

2) Jack Kelly – 3 goals and 1 assist.

3) John St. John – 2 goals and 3 assists.

The Beach Boys won their 3rd straight game last night as they defeated the Athletics in St. Catharines 11-7. Not only does this victory mark the teams half way point through the season, moving their record to 5-4-1, it moves the team up the league standings into 6th place. By this time last season, the team was 3-7 and with only 6 points. At the 10 game mark with 11 points this summer, the Beach Boys are only 1 point shy of equaling their total from last season.

Mimico-vs-Beaches-9-5-15-313In the first period, the Beach Boys looked like a team firing on all cylinders. Beaches point leader John St. John and Aaron Forster each scored a pair of goals along with solo markers from rookie Tristan Hanna and fellow rookie Bryce Keats who was named In Lacrosse We Trust third star of the past week in the OJALL. The team went into the first intermission leading 6-2.

The second period saw swing in momentum as the Athletics fought back scoring 4 straight goals to tie the game at 6 before Jake Cook scored to stop the bleeding. The Athletics and Beaches traded goals to end the period, with Alec Johnston scoring for Toronto. The Beaches were able to still go into the third period with am 8-7 lead.

After an intermission of readjusting his team, head coach Glenn Clark and his squad emerged for the third period trying to solidify the win and solidify they did. Led by rookie goalie Brayden Bell, the Beaches defense shutout the Athletics in the final period while the Beach Boys were able to add three more goals with Hanna and Cook scoring their second of the game and Ryan MacSpadyen scoring to secure the win.

Brayden Bell recorded his first career Junior A win while also helping out the offense adding three assists of his own. Beaches Ryan Lee made his season debut and the teams leading scorer for the past two seasons had 2 assists on the night. The Beaches will now look to build on their current streak as they host Peterborough tomorrow night at Ted Reeve arena @ 8pm.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars

1) Brayden Bell – 1st career win, 7 GA and 3 assists.

2) John St. John – 2 goals and 3 assists.

3) Jake Cook – 2 goals and 2 assists.

Last night the Beaches rolled into Burlington looking to complete a significant 4 point weekend and secure 5 points in their last three games. The game was scheduled to be played at 7pm but because of difficulties with the arena the game was underway at 7:30pm.

The team had a sloppy start throughout the first period that may be attributed to the longer than usual wait time as the situation at the arena was being dealt with. Aaron Forster scored two goals on transition in the period but the Beaches trailed 4-2 going into the first intermission.

However, after a lengthy closed door speech from head coach Glenn Clark, the Beach Boys responded in a big way in the second period. Beginning with a goal 35 seconds into the frame by Marcus Minichiello, the team scored 5 unanswered goals. Rookie Bryce Keats scored one with John St. John adding two goals of his own. Recently acquired Jordan Goddard had an impressive period scoring his first goal in his Beaches debut and adding two assists in the period. The team went into the second intermission leading 7-5.

The third period proved to be an exciting 20 minutes of lacrosse as both teams battled it out in a back and forth affair. The Beach Boys traded goals with the Chiefs throughout the period with tallies from Garrett Lewis, Jack Kelly, Tristan Hanna and Cory Burr. Goalie Michael Lalani was solid in the final half of the period as the Beach Boys defense locked down the victory.

Lalani secured his forth win of the season to improve his team to 4-4-1. The Beach Boys are back in action on Wednesday night as they travel to St. Catharines for a rematch against the Athletics. The Beaches next home game is this Friday, June 12 as they host the Peterborough Lakers @ 8pm.

Beaches Jr. A Three Stars

1) Jordan Goddard – 1 goal and 2 assists in his debut. Selected player of game by the team.

2) Bryce Keats – 1 goal and 4 assists.

3) Michael Lalani – 4th win of 2015 and 38 saves.

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