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Kings eliminated by Whitby

July 20, 2013

WHITBY — The Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League season ended for the Kingston Kings Friday night, as they were defeated 10-7 by the Whitby Warriors.

The win gives the Warriors a 3-0 win in the best-of-five East division quarter-final series. Their second-round opponent has yet to be determined.

Kingston opened scoring when Ba Maracle scored just 66 seconds into the game. Whitby then scored three straight, and led 4-2 when the Kings began a spirited comeback. Three goals in the final three and a half minutes enabled the Kings to end the first period ahead 5-4, the latest point in the series that they held the lead.

The teams traded goals in the first 10 minutes of the second period but Whitby scored twice in a span of 38 seconds to take a 7-6 lead. A late goal sent the Warriors into the third period with an 8-6 advantage.

The second period was the bane of the Kings existence throughout the series, as the Kings allowed 14 of Whitby’s 29 goals in the middle stanza, when they were outscored 14-7.

Josh Smith scored in the fourth minute of the third period to bring Kingston to within a goal but in the next 14 minutes the game was scoreless. Whitby scored two late goals to cement the victory.

Maracle finished the game with two goals for the Kings. He also had an assist. Smith, Kaleb Bingley, Haneh Brant, Zach Masterson and Alec Johnston each scored once for Kingston, as Kyle Aylesworth had three assists. Masterson finished the series as Kingston’s top scorer, with four goals and eight points in three games.

Connor Scott and Matt Holliday each scored twice for Whitby, which has won six of its last seven games. Kyle Harper, Mark Pryor, Connor van Ryn — with the team-leading scorer’s first goal of the series — Kirk Bricknell and Zack Lysyk shared the others.

The Kings outshot Whitby 43-41.

It was the second year in a row that Kingston was swept in the first round of playoffs. The Kings have now lost nine in a row in post-season play, dating to the 2011 East division final against Cornwall.

The game marked the end of their junior lacrosse career for five graduating Kings: Aylesworth, Jake Evoy, David Joseph, Ba Maracle and Danny Smith.

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