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Newmarket Saints open season with weekend split

Newmarket native Brett Lassen, in goal Sunday against the Orillia KIngs, picked up his first career win in Junior B Lacrosse

You can follow the Newmarket Saints Jr B Lacrosse team as it builds on last year's exciting 'bounce-back' season in their series of regular reports contributed by Saints' staff.

The Newmarket Saints Jr B lacrosse team is off to a promising start to the 2019 season. After two games last weekend, the team won one, lost one and, maybe most importantly, set a tone that they’re here to make some noise this year.

Fans packed Ray Twinney Recreation Complex Friday for the season opener against the Orangeville Northmen. The final score was 12-8 for the visitors, but the Saints had the Northmen on the run for big parts of the game, which has the coaching staff feeling encouraged.

“It’s a better feeling and a better start than last year for this group,” said Saints head doach Dan Ransom Sr. “Some home opener jitters probably got the best of us early on. Once we settled in, we started to play our brand of lacrosse. Nice to see a good crowd out. They were treated to a fast-paced game.”

On Sunday, the Saints continued their solid play and grabbed their first win, 12-5 over the Orillia Kings. The Saints controlled the bulk of the play and were backed by a great performance in goal by Newmarket native Brett Lassen, who picked up his first career win in Junior B.

This week, the Saints hit the road for three games. First up is a rematch with the Eastern Conference Clarington Green Gaels, who swept the Saints in the first round of the playoffs last season.

“This will be a good test for our group, they’re a well-coached team and were one win away from competing for a Founders Cup (Canadian Junior B ChampionshIp) last season.” said Ransom Sr. “We will need to bring our A game Thursday”.

On the weekend, Newmarket travels to the Ottawa-area to take on the Nepean Knights Saturday and the Gloucester Griffins Sunday.

The Saints next home game is Tuesday May 7 as they play host to the Mimico Mountaineers. First face-off is 8 p.m. at Ray Twinney.

For the Saints’ full 2019 schedule, visit