Warriors under new management

Posted: January 6, 2016 by dannylaf in Main

For the first time since the team moved from West Durham in 2011, the Whitby Warriors will be without a familiar face. Gary Mark, a former Junior A Warrior, has stepped aside to concentrate on personal goals and has handed over the team to a former player along with an up and coming Coach/GM in the Whitby organization. Gary has spent the last 5 seasons promoting the game of Lacrosse through the Warriors and his own website lacrosseinsidethegame.com, but feels the timing is right to make the transition.  The Warriors, who composed a record of 46-49-1 under Mark’s leadership, are looking to get back to the top end of the standings after a couple of disappointing seasons in 2014-2015.

Taking over will be Jason Wiswell who has spent over 20 years as an official at the Junior-Major level and has also been coaching his way up through the Whitby Minor Lacrosse system with much success.  Jason will take over as the Warriors’ new Head Coach and General Manager and looks to make an immediate mark in 2016.

Wiswell will be joined by former player Danny LaFontaine who hung them up after the 2013 season.  LaFontaine will be assisting as Coach and GM and will also be working behind the scenes on promoting and marketing the team through website and social media vehicles.

On the bench with Wiswell and LaFontaine is Paul Gilligan, a former player as well. He will be returning for his second year as assistant coach for the team.

All coaches are really excited for the 2016 season to start.

Two Big Events in 2015

Posted: April 22, 2015 by marksy in Main

The Warriors are extremely pleased to be taking part in two grand events this Summer.

First is the return of the Outdoor Classic which takes place when the Warriors host their Durham Region rivals the Clarington Shamrox.  The game will be played at historical Peel Street Lacrosse Box in Whitby on Thursday May 21st.  Game time is 8pm

Later in June on Sunday the 21st, the Warriors will host the Oakville Hawks, in the first ever highway of Heroes game between the Junior C clubs.  The Whitby Minor and Oakvile Minor Associations have begun the tradition of a full day of lacrosse showcasing games at every level.  The Warriors and Hawks Junior clubs are very happy to take part in this event this season.

As always,  check here often for updates on the team, and join our Warriors Facebook Group

Warriors Exhibition vs. Shamrox April 28 / 15

Posted: April 20, 2015 by marksy in Main

Two Durham rivals will get an opportunity to evaluate some players on Tuesday April 28, when the Whitby Warriors and Clarington Shamrox hold an exhibition game at Luther Vipond Arena in Brooklin.

For the Warriors it will be a last opportunity for playing candidates to impress the Coaching staff as the home opener is only a few days later on Saturday May 2 against Gloucester.

Game time for both the exhibition game as well as the home opener is 8pm

2015 Season All Set To Go

Posted: March 6, 2015 by marksy in Latest News, Main

The 2015 Whitby Warriors Junior C lacrosse club have all dates set.  Tryouts are set for late April, the regular season starts in early May and runs to the end of June.

The Kingston Kings have deferred operations for the 2015 season causing a bit of a shuffle in scheduling for the remaining teams.  With that the Warriors will face some teams in the Western division this coming season.  They will travel to Halton Hills for one game and will host both Wilmot and Oakville.  The Oakville home game will cap off a day of games known as the “Highway of Heroes” between the Oakville and Whitby minor lacrosse organizations.

The Warriors also hope to play an outdoor game this season once again.  Fittingly that game is hoped to be held against Durham rivals the Clarington Shamrox.

The Warriors lost a great Coach and have hopefully inherited another.  After two seasons with the team John Phillips has taken on a role Coaching back in Whitby Minor Lacrosse with his son Wes.  Wes has had to cut his playing days short due to concussions he has experienced in the course of playing.  On behalf of all associated with the team, the Warriors thank both and John and Wes for their commitment to the team.  John brought far more than Coaching to the group and anyone that knows him will know that.

Stepping in to take on a Coaching role with the Warriors is Kevin Taylor.  Kevin is a former Green Gael, Brooklin Redmen and Merchant player.  Kevin most recently coached in the Oshawa Minor Lacrosse organization.  The team and staff are excited to work with Kevin this season.  Back are Coaches Gary Mark and Danny Lafontatine.  Joining the staff this season as well is former Warrior Paul Gilligan.

For all of the Warriors dates and schedules please check the links above.

Warriors Looking To Improve in 2013

Posted: April 24, 2013 by marksy in Latest News, Main

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.

Warriors vs. Shamrox Could Be Quite The Series

Posted: August 1, 2012 by marksy in Main

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.

Warrriors – Lakers Tied At One Game Apiece

Posted: July 25, 2012 by marksy in Main

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.