The Whitby Junior C Warriors had an impressive run in the 2012 season, falling a single game short of eliminating the Clarington Shamrox in the best of five second round playoff series.  But the Shamrox showed why they were at the time, the two time defending champions and they went on to capture their third consecutive Jim Meredith trophy.

In looking back it did not end the way the Warriors had hoped, but if you told them at the start of the year, they would be in a one game do or die to go to the final four; they likley would have jumped at the opportunity.

So in 2013, the team will be looking to capitalize on that run.  However, they will have to do it with a number of new faces.  The team lost six players due to age (Paul Gilligan, Jason Heickert, Nathaniel Kerstens,  Dylan Hobbs, Dylan Johnston, and Eric Jenkins), and four others that have moved up to other Junior ranks Jordi Jones Smith, Rylee McKinnon – Junior A, and Mitch Robertson, Chris Martin – Junior B.

Tryouts are complete and there are still a few decisions to be made.  Once done, the roster will be posted right here on the Warriors site.

The team open up the season with three straight games on the road.  First up they face their Durham rivals the Clarington Shamrox on Friday May 10, then they go on to Kingston for a date with the Kings 0n Thursday May 16.  They will be right back at it the next night May 17  when they travel to Peterborough to play the Lakers.  All three games are 8pm starts.

The 2013 Home Opener will be Thursday May 30th when the Warriors face the Peterborough Lakers at Iroquois Park.  Game time is 8pm.

It was only three days ago that the Whitby Warriors Junior C Lacrosse Club was successful in game five of their 2nd round matchup against the Peterborough Lakers.  The Warriors came out flying in the “do or die” game and sent the Lakers home, defeating them 9-4.  That was the easy part!

Next up, the undefeated and two time defending Meredith Cup Champions, the Clarington Shamrox. 

Game 1 was Tuesday July 31 at the Garnet Rickard Complex in Bowmanville.  With some very undisciplined play early in the game, the Warriors dug themselves a big hole trailing at one point 5-1 in the first period.   But as they have done quite a few times this season and in particular these playoffs, they battled back to make a game of it.

Entering the third period trailing 8-5, the Warriors would shut down the high powered offence of Clarington and score 4 goals of their own, taking game 1 by a 9-8 score.  The loss was the first this season for the Shamrox and only their second one in the last two seasons.

Game 2 will be played at McKinney Arena in Whitby on Thursday August 2nd.  Game time is 8pm.

Home floor has not proved too kind to either Whitby or Peterborough after the first two games of their best 3 of 5 semi final playoff series.

The Warriors, looking a little rusty after a two week layoff dropped a 7-3  decision at home on Monday night.  The very next night the Lakers dropped one on their home floor by an 8-7 score.  The two well known rivals have used momentum swings in both games, with Peterborough’s Power Play doing well in game one.  Meanwhile Whitby went on a five goal run midway through the third period in game two to capture their win. 

The two teams will take Wednesday night off and be back in action on Thursday night at 8pm, Iroquois Park.  Game four will be back in Peterborough on Saturday at Kinsmen Arena.  Game time is 1pm.

2010 Outdoor Classic

The Whitby Warriors and the Clarington Shamrox will meet for the first of their three 2012 regular season games this coming Saturday June 9th at 8pm. That night will mark the 2nd annual “Warriors Outdoor Classic”. The game has been dubbed “The Battle of Durham”, with the two teams only a short car ride apart from one another. Last season in the inagural Outdoor Classic, the Warriors played the Mimico Mountaineers.

The Shamrox are the two time Meredith Cup Champions, having won Junior C’s coveted trophy in 2010 and 2011. This season they have come out of the gate very strong once again and currently have an unblemished 7-0 record. The Warriors on the other hand have had all but one game go their way. A 3-2 loss in Innisfil is the lone bump in the road, in what so far has otherwise been a very good start. The Warriors sit at 6-1 only two points behind the Shamrox.

The teams will play at the renovated outdoor facility at Peel Street Park in Whitby, if the weather permits. The Weather Network as of Tuesday does not show mother nature co-operating. However, a back up plan is set if it is needed. Should the weather no participate, the two teams will travel only a couple of kilometers down to Iroquois Park Sports Centre and play there. In order to allow time for adjustment, that decision will likely be made mid afternoon on Saturday. Check back here for updates.

As they did last year, the Whitby Warriors will once again be asking fans for a voluntary admission with a portion of the proceeds going to For The Love Of A Child, a Durham Region charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with special needs and their families.

Mitch Robertson did all he could do to help the Whitby Warriors get some redemption against the Innisfil Wolfpack.   Robertson exploded for seven goals and added an assist to lead the Warriors to a 13-4 win on Thursday night.  Only a week ago the Warriors lost, to date their only loss, in Innisfil 3-2.

The Warriors came out of the gate and midway through the first period had already matched their output while in Stroud last Tuesday.  The power play on this night was hitting their stride going 5 of 11.  Other scorers for Whitby included McNein Hewitt, Kyle Harper (his first as a Junior), Conner Scott, Nathaniel Kerstens, Dylan Johnston, and Dakota Kettrick.  Jacob Mark was in net for the win.

The Warriors will now endure two critical games in their schedule.  On Saturday (June 2nd) they will travel to Peterborough to face the Lakers, then return home to face the unbeaten Clarington Shamrox.  The Clarington game will be held outdoors at Peel Street Park.  Whitby sits tied atop the Central division with Clarington at 10 points, (although the Shamrox have a game in hand) and 6 points ahead of the Lakers.

Warriors Back On Winning Track

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Main

The Whitby Junior C Warriors only had a couple of days to let their first loss of the season linger. On Tuesday May 22, the Warriors, minus 8 regulars lost in Innisfil to an inspired Wolfpack team by a 3-2 score.

After one practice, the Warriors were back on the road in Mimico on Saturday May 26, and they returned to form, trouncing the Mountaineers by a 15-2 score. McNein Hewitt, Mitch Robertson and Jason Heickert all scored three times, while Cody Bryant had two goals. Singles went to Conner Scott, Dylan Johnston, Chris Martin and Jordi Jones Smith. Kyle Ford secured the win in net.

The Warriors played a much more disciplined game taking only two minor penalties, and going 2 for 5 on the Power Play.

Whitby will be seeking some revenge on Thursday May 31 when they take on the Innisfil Wolfpack again. Game time is 8pm at Iroquois Park.

Game Shots

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Main, Photos / Media

The Warriors loss in Innisfil Tuesday May 22, 2012. Photos courtesy of Vintage Lax