Excelsiors go four straight to claim Mann Cup title

The Brampton Excelsiors doubled the Langley Thunder 6-3 in Game 5 of the Mann Cup championships Monday night to capture Canada’s senior A lacrosse title.

The beasts of the east proved too much for the best of the west.

The Brampton Excelsiors doubled the Langley Thunder 6-3 in Game 5 of the Mann Cup championships Monday night to capture Canada’s senior A lacrosse title.

The entire series was played at the Langley Events Centre.

After dropping the opening game of the best-of-seven series, the Excelsiors won the final four to record their 11th Mann Cup in the lacrosse organization’s 99-year history. It was also Brampton’s third title in the past four years as Ontario teams have now won six straight and eight of the past 10 Cups.

Langley, featuring Vernon’s Brodie MacDonald in net, was making its first finals appearance. MacDonald, who made 39 stops Monday night, finished the series with a 6.36 goals against average and .839 save percentage.

Brampton raced out to a 3-0 lead on goals from Zack Greer, Jarrett Davis and Kevin Ross.

The Thunder came to life early in the second period with captain Matt Leveque getting the home side on the board 55 seconds into the frame. Alex Turner and Kyle Belton then scored 20 seconds apart to tie the game 3-3.

The Excelsiors got two more goals from Davis and a single from Frank Resetarits to complete the scoring.

Brampton goaltender Anthony Cosmo made 31 saves.

Langley fell 8-7 in Game 3 and 5-4 in Game 5, Saturday and Sunday night respectively.