10525872_10152954594551102_1726055853482197577_nIt has been a week and I am still upset about how we ended the Junior A season.  “What could have been?” was replaced by “What the hell happened?”  We had the pieces, but were not able to put it together and when we needed an exceptional effort, we caved in collectively.  I will take responsibility.  As one of the coaches I was not able to get what was required from the players to extend the season.  I did not push the right buttons and when we needed to step up, we instead fell apart.  Extremely disappointing and extremely frustrating.  We now sit on the sidelines again and watch the two South teams battle for the provincial title.  The Raiders earned it and we did not respond when needed.

Putting my anger aside, I must applaud our fifth year players for their dedication and commitment to the Junior program in Sherwood Park.  Without players such as these, Junior A would never have been possible in the community.

Cory Burton:  Heart and soul player who has given a ton to lacrosse in the Park.  Just a warrior for the team and his team mates.  One of those players that you know will always have your back.  From a coach’s perspective he is the glue guy.  The player that keeps it all together and players rally around.  Five years he has played for the Titans junior program and he definitely gave and took his lumps.  Cory is a special player and will always be held in high regard.

Brett Arnston:  Tough as nails.  Played hard for the Titans each and every time he stepped on the floor.  A little bit of a wild card at times that would surprise you with a great goal or something crazy that would make you shake your head.  Loved his unpredictability and the spirit he brought to the team.

Tyler North:  A quiet young man who always provided his team with a reliable defensive effort.  His quiet demeanor and great smile around the room was always welcome.  Tyler was a solid player for the Titans and took on more responsibility in the past couple of years and became a leader on the floor.

Adam Wild:  A young man that played three years for the Junior B Titans before moving to the Miners Junior A team.  We were able to bring him “home” for the conclusion of his junior career.  This kid contributed so much to the Titans organization and I wish we were able to have had him back with us sooner.

Scott Kavalinas:  Scott played virtually his entire junior career for the Miners Junior A program.  We were able to bring him back to Sherwood Park, where he played his minor lacrosse, for the final run.  Scott was a great goalie in this league and with his aging out of junior the league loses a quality young man.  He played hard for the Miners and my memory of his play will always be his competitiveness.  He was the backbone for the Miners for many years and will always have my respect.

Thank you boys.  I know it did not end the way we wanted it to, but please know that this game is made of individuals that have incredible heart and a passion for one of the toughest games on the planet.  You can not play this game unless you are a little bit crazy and love the battles inherent in box lacrosse.  This game is not for the timid.  I am proud to have coached you.

TITANS LOGO REVISEDDone 2 to 0 in the best of five series to the Okotoks Raiders has pushed the Titans Junior A team to the brink.  Game 3 goes tonight at the Strathcona Olympiette Centre (SOC) at 8 PM.  The first two games were close, but that rings hollow when the only thing that matters at this time of the year is wins.  Poor starts hurt us in Games 1 and 2.  That has to be fixed tonight and hopefully the home floor works to our advantage.  The season has been an improvement from last year, but our goal is to get to the finals of the league championship.  It starts with one win and then we can go from there.  Look forward to seeing everyone out at the SOC tonight.

Home today after a week of lacrosse in Denver with the Edmonton Razorbacks.  This video sums it up, just a very cool experience, probably one of the best lacrosse events I have ever been to.  More to come.

 

TITANS LOGO REVISEDThe trade deadline came and passed.  Last year we were sellers and this year buyers.  We felt with some additions we could make some noise in the playoffs.  We picked up five players from the Miners and now the pressure is squarely on us to put up or shut up.  Our ability to challenge the Raiders and Mounties has improved, but it only matters if we can make it happen on the floor.  The five players (Scott Kavalinas, Adam Wild, Nik Farrus, Ethan Anderson and Drew Deans) definitely are talented players.  How they help us will be dependent on how quickly they mesh with team to create some cohesion.  This weekend will be the test as we face the Raiders and Mounties at home in the final two games of the regular season.  Playoffs around the corner.

TITANS LOGO REVISEDFourteen games in and the record is 7 wins and 7 losses.  Can beat the Miners, can not beat the Mounties and we go toe to toe with the Raiders.  And now as the Raiders and Mounties add players from the BC Junior A League our task has stepped up in difficulty.  One thng is certain, we will be successful if we can play team defense and get our offense in rhythm.  One thing is also certain, a parade to the penalty box will mean an early exit from the playoffs.  This last weekend was a lesson for us.  After playing shorthanded all game against the Raiders, ending the game with 14 runners and winning in overtime, we were an exhausted team the next day against the Mounties.  Not how you want to play against the top ranked team in the province.  It would be safe to say that the loss on Sunday started with our terrible composure on Saturday.  Will we learn?  Will we improve?  Will we compete.  Four games left in the regular season.  What team shows up in the playoffs?

Check out below to watch the OT game against the Raiders.

 

Ten games into the season and we are hovering at the .500 mark with a record of 5 and 5.  All five wins have come against our Northern counterparts, the St. Albert Miners.  We have lost 3 to the Calgary Mounties, 1 to the Calgary Raiders and 1 to the Miners.  Getting 5 wins against the Miners has been a huge advantage for us, as only the top three teams make the playoffs.  We have created a significant gap between us and the Miners, basically giving us the upper hand on the playoff spot.

Our biggest problem at this point is finding a way to beat the Calgary teams.  The Mounties are currently the top dogs in the province with the Raiders slightly behind them.  In order to establish ourselves in the league we need to be able to compete with the Southern teams.  We have made improvements this year, but we are still lagging behind the two Calgary based teams.  We have been close, but our lack of discipline has been a source of many of our problems.  We need to be more composed as a team to deal with the adversity and be more accountable with our actions on the floor.  Bad penalties, bad decisions and bad bench management has created many of our issues.

We have 8 games left all against the Calgary teams.  No excuses.  It is time to play.

Please watch below full game video of our victory over the Miners from June 11, 2014.

Two of Ontario’s best Junior A teams met recently and the outcome was very close.  Highlights here of the Whitby and Six Nations game.