The Orangeville Jr A Northmen will be holding our annual general meeting on Sunday October 25, 2015 at 4:00pm in the Dufferin Room at Tony Rose Arena. Any interested in coming to meeting is welcome.
Two of the pioneers of the Orangeville Northmen organization, Lindsay and Terry Sanderson have been selected to the 2015 Induction Class of the Canadian Lacrosse Hall Of Fame.
Lindsay Sanderson (Orangeville, ON) -- In the 1980’s, Orangeville, Ontario’s Lindsay Sanderson was a team leader, fierce competitor and leading scorer in Senior B lacrosse, winning 6 consecutive provincial championships and 3 Presidents’ Cup national championships with the Orangeville Northmen (1981, 1982 and 1984). In 237 regular season and playoff games, he scored 856 points. He played Senior A with the Brampton Excelsiors in 3 Mann Cup series (1976, 1980 and 1981). But his impact off the floor has been even greater. Since the 1970’s, Lindsay has coached and held key positions in minor lacrosse from director to president. He was instrumental in turning around Orangeville Minor Lacrosse in the 1980’s and developed it into one of the premiere associations. He has coached lacrosse at every level -- Minor, Junior, Major and in the professional National Lacrosse League with the Montreal Express, Ottawa Rebel and Toronto Rock -- he was also head coach and GM of the NLL Philadelphia Wings (2005-2008). He was assistant coach on 3 Minto Cup teams in Orangeville and a Mann Cup team in Brampton. All together, as a coach and GM, Lindsay has won 12 Ontario Minor Lacrosse championships, 14 Junior, Senior and Major championships and 7 national championships. The Ontario Lacrosse Association honoured him with the prestigious Mr. Lacrosse Award (1995) and he was given the Jim Bishop Memorial Award (1999) as Junior A coach of the year. Lindsay Sanderson is currently GM of the Jr. A Barrie Lakeshores.
Terry Sanderson (ON-Deceased) -- Terry Sanderson is one of Canada’s all-time winningest coaches at the highest levels of lacrosse. He played his Junior lacrosse in Bolton, Ontario and Senior with Orangeville, Fergus and in Victoria. Sanderson played pro lacrosse for the NLL Syracuse Sting (1974) and Quebec Caribou (1975). He was a pick-up player for the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors in 1980. In 218 Major lacrosse games, he tallied 610 points and in 158 Senior B games, he scored 816 points. After his playing days, he helped create the Orangeville Junior B Northmen in 1989 and the Orangeville Junior A team in 1991. He coached the Junior A team to three Minto Cup championships (1993, 1995 & 1996). He was a member of the coaching staff of the Mann Cup winning Brampton Excelsiors (2002) and the team’s assistant coach in their Mann Cup victories (2008 & 2009). He was the General Manager and coach of the professional Toronto Rock when they won the NLL championship in 2005. After stints with NLL teams in Philadelphia and Calgary, Terry rejoined the Toronto Rock in 2010 as assistant coach and eventually GM. He is a member of the Orangeville Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame. Terry Sanderson died in November, 2014 at age 62.
June 17, 2015 · 0 Comments
It was looking good on the Rayburn Construction Orangeville Northmen Junior A bench after the first period of Friday night’s game against the first place Six Nations Arrows at the Alder Street arena in Orangeville, but by the midway mark in the third period the O-ville squad knew they were in trouble.
The Northmen were off to a good start when Matt Vangalen scored at just 1:03 into the game follow by a second goal from Jeff Henrick three minutes later.
A third Orangeville goal from Lucas Ducharme left the Six Nations squad scrambling to get back in the game and they managed a pair before the period ended to make it a 3-2 game.
The Northmen again got a good start when they returned for the second period of play when Daniel Craig put one past the Arrows goalie just 30 seconds into the period.
That was followed by a good effort from Owen MacDonald to give Orangeville a 5-3 lead and O-ville fans were hoping the team would following through and give Six Nations their second loss of the season.
The Arrows scored two midway in the frame, but the Northmen responded with two more from Dallas Bridle and Ian Mackay.
Another Six Nations goal with 1:11 left in the period made it a 7-5 game going into the final period.
“It felt pretty good, getting out there quickly,” Said Northmen Ian Mackay of start of the game. “They’re the defending champions so we knew they weren’t going to fold over or anything like that. We only played a full 40 out of 60 (minutes) so that kind of got us in the end.”
It was the third period that dropped the game for the Northmen when Six Nations scored five unanswered goals to tie the game at seven then go ahead with two more then find the empty net for the final goal when the Northmen put six attackers on the floor in an effort to close the gap.
“We usually attack each team the same way. We knew that we would have to be a little tighter, a little smarter with them,” Mackay said of playing the Six Nations team. “In the third period I think we got a little too comfortable with our lead and kind of sat back and they took advantage of it. We knew they could shoot from anywhere on the floor and they showed that in the third period with a few outside goals. It was just a matter of trying to get back in it, and we fell short in the end.”
It was only the third loss for the Northmen this season who ended that game with a 6-3-1 record and a fourth place standing in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League
The team followed up the next night by delivering a win over Mimico Mountaineers in Mimico.
The Northmen opened the scoring on goals from Lucas Ducharme and Ryan Myles, then notched three more from Daniel Craig, Dallas Bridle, and Travis Brown to end the first period 5-2. The Mountaineers fought back in the second frame scoring two period openers then matching two Orangeville goals.
Northmen’ Vangalen and Craig scored and a final second period goal from Braydon Cresswell gave the Orangeville team a two goal lead heading into the final 20 minutes.
It was a draw in scoring in the third period with each team scoring four, but the Northmen kept the lead to win 12-10 – their seventh in the plus column this season.
Final period Orangeville goals came from Ian Mackay, Daniel Craig, Brandon Slade, and Ryan Myles.
The Northmen took ten minutes in minor penalties for the game.
Mimico also spend ten minutes in the box.
The Mounaineers came to the arena as a last place team having won only two games so far this season.
Over all the Six Nations Arrows are leading the League with a 9-1 record and 18 points.
They are followed by the Peterborough Lakes with 16 points, and Orangeville who moved up a notch to third place after this game with 15 points.
The Junior A Northmen will be in Kitchener-Waterloo tonight (June 18) to take on the Braves.
They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville on Friday, June 19, to host the Peterborough Lakers.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
June 10, 2015 · 0 Comments
8-6 win over Burlington Chiefs
After playing to a 5-5 tie against the Burlington Chiefs on Friday (June 5) night, the Rayburn Construction Junior A Northmen stepped it up in the third period to outscore the Chiefs 3-1 in the final frame for the win.
Orangeville’s Matt Vangalen scored the game opener at 1:31 into the first period.
After going being 2-1 to the Chiefs, Northmen Owen MacDonald tied it up, followed by a go ahead goal from Dallas Bridle to make it a 3-2 game at the end of the first period.
It was again a tie game early in the second when Burlington notched a goal :57 into the frame.
Two more O-ville goals from Riley Thompson and Lucas Ducharme gave the Northmen a lead – but not for long – when Burlington scored two shorthanded goals just 35 seconds apart to again make it a tie game at five.
When neither team getting ahead, the game entered the final period even, but the Northmen stepped up their game with a fast and furious 20 minutes of play.
“We kind of sloppy at the beginning of the game, but as the game went on we picked it up,” Said Northmen Brandon Slade. “Obviously it wasn’t out strongest game but we got what we wanted – we got the two points.”
It was a closer game than the Northmen probably expected. The Chiefs arrived at Tony Rose arena with a 4-4 record and a seventh place standing in the 11 team League.
The two shorted handed goals against the Northmen was a wakeup call for the O-ville team to get back on their game.
“We’ve got to stay on our man and keep it in close because we know they’re going to attack the net when they can,” Slade said of what the squad did to turn it around.
“We’re a hard working team, the most hard working team in this League. When it comes down to the last 20 minutes we know we got it because we work hard,” Slade said of going into the final period in a tie game. “When we were one-up late in the game obviously we want to use the 30. We don’t want to attack the net but we also don’t want to play soft. We want to take it to them. Obviously another goal would help so we don’t want to push it back the other way and they get a fast break on us.”
The Northmen finished the night with three goals from Davis Neal, Ian Mackay, and Lucas Ducharme for the 8-6 win.
The squad didn’t fare so well on Sunday when the they travelled to Barrie to take on the Lakeshores.
The Northmen scored a single in all three periods in a low scoring game that ended with a 5-3 O-ville loss to Barrie.
After the weekend the Northmen are in second place in the League with 13 points and a 6-2-1 record.
Six Nations is currently in first place with 16 points.
The Northmen will be back in Orangeville on Friday, June 12. There will be a venue change for this game. Instead of Tony Rose arena, the June 12, game will be played at the Alder Street arena.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
June 3, 2015 · 0 Comments
The Rayburn Construction Junior A Northmen came out on top in Friday (May 29) night’s game against the St. Catharines Athletics after dominating the third period of play to go ahead and take the win.
It wasn’t an easy task though, the Northmen had to wrestle away the win after going down 4-3 in the first period.
Northmen goals came from Owen MacDonald for two, and Jeff Henrick.
Returning for the second period, the Northmen outscored the Athletics 4-3 for the frame to make it an even 7-7 game with one period left to go.
Second period Northmen goals came from Davis Neal, Matt Vangalen for two, and Ian Mackay on a powerplay effort with four seconds left on the clock.
It was the third period that was the show-stopper when the O-ville squad opened with three goals in the first seven minutes of the period leaving the St. Catharines squad scrambling to get back into the game.
The Athletics scored one at the midway mark but the Northmen sealed the deal with a final marker with just under one and a-half minutes remaining in the game.
Northmen third period goals were from Henrick, Travis Brown, MacDonald, and Vangalen.
The final was 11-8 for the O-ville team.
With the win – number five for the season – the Northmen have a good grip on first place in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League with 11 points, but the there is a lot of tough competition barking at their heels as the season goes on.
The Whitby Warriors are just two points behind in second place followed by the Burlington Chiefs in third place with eight points.
The Northmen don’t have any road games this week.
They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville on Friday, June 5, to host the Burlington Chiefs.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
May 20, 2015 · 0 Comments
The Rayburn Construction Orangeville Junior A Northmen won their second game of the season with a 12-3 win over the Mimico Mountaineers at Tony Rose arena on Sunday (May 17) night.
After giving up the first goal early in the game, the Northmen responded with three unanswered goals from Owen MacDonald and a pair from Matt Vangalen to lead 3-1 going into the second period.
The second period saw a lot of frustration on the floor with both sides spending time in the box. Mimico took ten minutes on minors and a five minute roughing major. The Northmen took six minutes on minor penalties and two majors totally nine minutes.
The Northmen widened the gap during the second period outscoring Mimico 6-1 on goals from Davis Neal for two, Brandon Slade, Ian Mackay, and a pair from Lucas Ducharme.
The third period saw a lot of physical action with both teams again taking major penalties.
The Northmen scored three more in the third from Ian Mackay, Jeff Henrick, and Davis Neal on a short-handed effort to end the game 12-3.
It was the Northmen’s second win of the season.
The O-ville squad started the season with a win over Barrie on May 8, then tied with the Whitby Warrior in the second game of the season.
The Northmen were scheduled to be in Burlington to face the Chiefs on Wednesday (May 20) night.
They will return to Tony Rose arena in Orangeville this Friday, May 22, to host the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves.
Game time is 8:00 p.m.
The Northmen Junior-A lads took a no-nonsense stride early in their season opener last Friday.
Orangeville rolled out the red carpet for the Barrie Lakeshores contingent in the first game of their 2015 lacrosse campaign. Barrie drew first blood and got on the score board early in the opening frame, but the Northmen lashed back with two powerplay goals on their way to a 10-6 win by the night’s end at the Tony Rose Memorial Arena.
Davis Neal answered for the hosts and knotted the contest off a pass from Matt Vangalen. Owen MacDonald closed out the first period when he made good on a pass from Ian Mackay for the narrow 2-1 lead.
The Lakeshores snapped back with two quick goals about two minutes apart to take the lead early in the second frame. That started a seesawing tit-for-tat with each squad trading pairs before it was as if Orangeville decided to stop toying around.
Brendan Welsh evened the score with help from Neal. And then Welsh furthered the cause on the powerplay with the assist going to Mackay.
After Barrie potted a brace of goals (one of which that came on a successful powerplay turn), the Northmen’s Ryan Myles and Mackay each dented the Lakeshores’ mesh for a pair. Both were shorthanded outings and Mackay picked up an assist on Myles’ effort.
In the third frame, Barrie managed just one goal to Orangeville’s four on the period.
Northmen goals were earned by Lucas Ducharme on the powerplay, Neal for a pair, and Vangalen made good on another powerplay and rounded out the double-digit tally.
Third-period assists were awarded to Welsh, Braydon Cresswell, Ducharme, Brandon Slade, Shane Hillis, and Mackay.
Orangeville clearly dominated with their 45 shots on goal to Barrie’s comparably paltry 28 attempts to slip by Big Nolan Clayton who filled the space between the Northmen pipes.
Orangeville will head east to Whitby tonight (May 12) to lock horns with the Warriors before their next home game on Sunday (May 17) against the Mimico Mountaineers at the Tony Rose