Six Nations dominate James Gang

by Sam Laskaris

For the second time in as many nights the Six Nations Rivermen faced an opponent that was undermanned. And as a result, the Rivermen once again registered a lopsided victory. The Rivermen handily defeated the Ennismore James Gang 14-2 in an Ontario Series Lacrosse match staged Saturday at the Six Nations Sports and Cultural Memorial Centre.

The visiting James Gang only showed up to the Six Nations facility with 10 runners and a pair of goaltenders. The Ennismore side scored both of its goals in the opening period on Saturday and was held off the scoresheet in the final two periods.

One night earlier the Rivermen had travelled to Oshawa where they squared off against the Merchants Lacrosse Club. The Merchants only dressed nine runners and two netminders in that contest, which the Rivermen won by a 16-5 count. Six Nations is now sporting a perfect 4-0 record following Saturday’s triumph.

“It’s always good to come out of the weekend with four points,” said Tye Argent, who earned a pair of assists in the Rivermen victory over Ennismore. But Argent said it was also somewhat challenging for his squad to line up against teams that didn’t come close to having full rosters. “It’s always tough coming into games like that,” he said. “But it’s not our fault they were short.” Argent added the matches against the Merchants and James Gang allowed the Rivermen to work on various aspects of their own game. “It let us focus on our offensive sets and we tried to focus on stuff that we work on in practice,” he said.

Travis Longboat and Marshall Powless led the way offensively for the Rivermen on Saturday as they both registered seven-point nights. Longboat scored four goals and added three assists while Powless netted a pair of goals and had five helpers. Wes Whitlow and Tyler Brown also had a pair of goals each for the Rivermen while Jordan Goddard, Marcus Elvin, Ty Conn and Vern Hill added singles.

The Rivermen will now have a lengthy break before their next game as they don’t play again until May 28. Six Nations will travel to Owen Sound that day to battle the host North Stars. It will also be quite a while before the Rivermen play at home again. They will have four consecutive road matches before hosting their next contest on June 18 against the Merchants.