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Big Lacrosse Brawl: This Is Not Normal

6 Nations Chiefs vs. peterborough lakers Box Lacrosse Photo credit: Larry Palumbo

The Oakville Rock took on the Brooklin Redmen on July 24, 2013 in Senior A Major Series Lacrosse action, and the game erupted into a pretty serious brawl, where both teams left their benches after one of the Oakville players (Brendon Niesink) went over to the Brooklin bench and started throwing punches.

Main Photo Credit: Larry Palumbo

The announcer makes sure to note that this is not a normal occurrence, and I believe him when he says he hasn’t seen anything like this in years.

One thing that stands out to me is the announcer stating that refs have been giving out more minor penalties this season, trying to avoid major penalties, where players are also ejected from the game. I can’t say that this has anything to do with the above fight, but it is interesting on its own, and in the video, so I thought I’d mention it.

From the looks of things, this game simply spiraled out of control when one player decided to take things up a notch. It’s not normal for this level, but it does happen.

Brooklin won the game 11-7. Oakvile was up 7-6 after two periods, but a 5-0 third gave Brooklin the come from behind win. All in all, 12 players were given game misconduct penalties for this fight, and another that occurred 9 seconds later. Oakville finished the game with 128 penalty minutes on 23 penalties to Brooklin’s 91 minutes on 18 penalties. Barn burner!

Shawn Williams had two goals and five assists for Brooklin, while Gavin Prout provided an additional five helpers for the Redmen. Oakville was led by Kyle Davis and Dylan Gilbert’s four points each. Andrew Smistad led all players with an astounding 42 minutes in penalties.

Is there any way to stop this kind of stuff from happening? I can get behind fighting at some levels, but never on this one. Sure, it’s rare, but that it happens at all still concerns me. I hope Chris Fox is proud of me. I tried to be as nonjudgmental and prejudiced on this one as possible.

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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of LacrosseAllStars.com. He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.

6 Comments

  • The face mask grabbing is what kills me, that is complete ignorance. I understand the dropping of gloves and helmets, and some people stand behind that it has it’s place, but jumping in to a bench?!?!and then grabbing a players face mask and pulling him your way is appalling. In hockey you can just fall to the ice when someone does that, so when their fingers get broken it’s no ones fault but their own, I don’t know how that works with larger eyeholes.

  • Did it get out of hand? yes! But this is a contact sport and at times our emotions will get the best of us. It is ingrained as a part of hockey and Box, but it is not limited to the box game it happens on the field too. I have seen and been a part of a few bench clearing fights back in High School, I have even seen a fan and a player go at it. Is it good for the sport over all, NO. The governing bodies need to put a stop to it, get in a fight, gone for the season.

  • Ridiculous enough that I Googled the Oakville Rock only to find out they play in Oakville, Ontario, CANADA. It will stop happening when the owners, referees, announcers and fans no longer tolerate it. Doesn’t seem to have much to do with lacrosse.

  • This is absurd. I never understood the whole point of fights breaking out during games. If you wanna fight so bad step into a boxing ring or MMA cage. I honestly believe nothing is done because it keeps ratings high. There’s a lot of people who watch hockey or box lacrosse for the fights, just like people watch NASCAR to see crashes. It’s all about media overhype and the governing bodies not doing anything to stop the fighting.

  • This is absurd. I never understood the whole point of fights breaking out during games. If you wanna fight so bad step into a boxing ring or MMA cage. I honestly believe nothing is done because it keeps ratings high. There’s a lot of people who watch hockey or box lacrosse for the fights, just like people watch NASCAR to see crashes. It’s all about media overhype and the governing bodies not doing anything to stop the fighting.

    +1

  • Definitely an aggressive and physical sport. Especially in the box. Treat it like hockey, fight is a fight, both penalized. Box teams have their own enforcers, so be it. But #25, don’t be a douche. Don’t grab face masks, don’t go over to the bench and throw haymakers expecting not to get pummeled. The last two sets of “bouts” exemplify how it should go down, if it goes down. Both agree to the fight, helmet is removed on your own, a few swings, hit the ground or call it and it’s done. Boxing has always been a gentleman’s sport and so is lacrosse. One of the biggest plusses lacrosse has over pretty much every other sport is at the end of the day, we respect our opponents.

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