Rivermen win a pair at Presidents Cup, advance to semifinals

by Sam Laskaris

The Six Nations Rivermen concluded their final day of round-robin action at the Presidents Cup tournament with a pair of victories. For starters, the Rivermen downed the Calgary Mountaineers 16-5 in a morning contest at the national Senior B championships being held in Edmonton this week. With that victory, the Six Nations squad guaranteed itself a top four finish in the seven-team event and a berth into Friday’s semi-finals. 

The Rivermen also managed to register another win on Thursday night, edging the host Miners Lacrosse Club 7-6. For the Miners, who finished the round-robin portion atop the standings with a 5-1-0 mark, it was their only loss at the tourney thus far. The Rivermen ended up in third place following round-robin action with their 4-2-0 mark. 

Six Nations will now square off against the second-place Ladner Pioneers (4-1-1) from British Columbia in a semi-final matchup on Friday. That contest has an opening faceoff scheduled for 6 p.m. EST. The Miners will then battle the fourth-place Akwesasne Bucks, who finished with a 3-3-0 record, in the other semi-final, which is scheduled for 9 p.m. EST. 

Daylen Hill scored four goals for the Rivermen in their match against Calgary while Travis Longboat netted a hat trick and Brooker Muir added a pair of goals. Also scoring for Six Nations were Jordan Goddard, Scott Del Zotto, Marshall Powless, Wes Whitlow, Rodd Squire, Justin Martin and Aidan Buis. Del Zotto and Tye Argent scored twice each in the match versus the Miners. Singles were provided by Daylen Hill, Vern Hill and Matt Miller. 

Calgary Mountaineers, Snake Island Muskies and Capital Region Axemen were all eliminated following round-robin play. The Mountaineers placed fifth in the standings with their 1-3-2. As for the Muskies and Axemen, who placed sixth and seventh, respectively, they both failed to win a round-robin game. The Snake Island side, representing the Three Nations Senior Lacrosse League, ended up with three points, courtesy of their three ties. The Capital Region squad, repping the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League, finished with a record of 0-4-2.