The London Blue Devils kicked off the 2015 lacrosse season on the right note, defeating the Hamilton Bengals 15-13 on April 18.
Taking to the floor in front of an undeniably partisan crowd at the Lambeth Arena, London wasted no time in setting the pace. Early singles by Zach Sanders and Brady Doxtator put the Blue Devils into an early 2-0 lead before Hamilton’s Mason Wright managed to thread a shot past London netminder Corwyn Brown.
Undaunted, the Blue Devils kept firing away, answering back with three more in the first and five in the second to take a 10-6 lead into the final frame where Hamilton would test the true nature of London’s mettle.
With Thomas Muldoon taking over between the pipes for Brown, the Bengals seized on the opportunity to claw their way back into the game at the expense of London’s as-of-yet untested goaltender. Outscoring London 7-5 in the third period, it would ultimately prove to be too-little, too-late with the Blue Devils hanging on for the win.
London coach Ron Elijah was pleased for the most part with the effort from his troops. Calling it a good start to the season, Elijah was encouraged by the way his club battled back and dug in when Hamilton stepped up the pace during the second and third periods.
Noting that his club still had a long way to go yet, Elijah did make reference to a few players that stepped up their game. In addition to Ronnie Elijah-Brown who lead on the score sheet with five goals and five assists, “there was a couple of surprises there,” said Elijah. “I think Aden Antone got four goals, a couple key guys on defence did well and Thomas Asma had a hell of a game.”
For his part, Antone was rather laid back about his own achievement on the floor, instead giving a lot of the credit to line mates like Elijah-Brown and Asthma as well as King and Brady Doxtator.
Like his coach, Antone knows that even with getting that first win under their belt, there is still a lot of work to be done. “(We) still need to work more together, talk out there on the floor and communicate with each other more.”
But there won’t be much time to practice any of those things before the team’s next game which pits them up against the Northmen in Orangeville on Monday, April