OJMFLL season ends in dramatic fashion
A seven-week stretch of incredible competition beginning in midSeptember came to a dramatic conclusion as the five teams of the Ontario Junior Men’s Field Lacrosse League (OJMFLL) met up in Oshawa for the final weekend of October to compete in the first league championship play since the 2019 season.
Each of the participating teams played in all six regular season Sundays for a total of 12 games before meeting up at Civic Fields for the championships. Heading into the final weekend, the standings made for an interesting story as the OJMFLL first place (and defending league champion) Orangeville Generals were separated from the second-place Milton Chaos by only a single point.
The day began with a “play-in game” between the 4th place Kitchener-Waterloo United and 5th place Innsifil Wolfpack, who were capping off their first year in the league. The Wolfpack demonstrated a ton of heart, but the United club squeaked out a 9-8 win to lock up the 4th seed and advance into the semi-finals against the Orangeville Generals.
In the second game on the schedule, the Milton Chaos knocked the third place Oshawa Blue Knights into the “B” final with an 11-7 victory. But the real drama came in Game 3 of the day, where KW United shocked the defending champion Gens with a 7-5 win to punch their ticket into the finals against the Chaos. Playing with something to prove, Oshawa handed the Generals their second loss of the day 8-7, earning the Blue Knights their second straight “B” Division title in back-to-back season. In the “A” Finals, Kitchener left everything they had on the field in their third game of the day, but could not outlast the powerhouse Milton Chaos, who dominated the game 11-4 to capture their first franchise OJMFLL “A” Division title (an amazing feat, considering this 2021 is only their second season in the league).
The league celebrated the sport of lacrosse with 159 players and coaches, and is looking forward to the 2022 season, where the Milton Chaos will defend their OJMFLL title.