The city of Brotherly Love plays host to two battling brothers tonight. A Sanderson reunion will take place when five members of the Orangeville family participate in a National Lacrosse League game between the Philadelphia Wings (1-1) and the visiting Toronto Rock (2-0).
Rock general manager/coach Terry Sanderson, 52, will see little brother/ Wings counterpart Lindsay Sanderson, 50, and nephew/Wings assistant coach Chris Sanderson behind the other bench. Meanwhile, Terry's son, Josh, and Lindsay's son, Phil, will suit up for the East Division-leading Rock.
"I used to talk to (Terry) every day," said Lindsay, who was an assistant under Terry last season with the Rock before accepting the top job with the rebuilding Wings.
"I don't talk to him as much anymore. It's put a bit of a strain on the brotherly relationship," Lindsay added with a smile.
Lindsay is 0-2 against Terry in NLL play, with the latter coaching his Montreal Express to two victories over the Ottawa Rebel in 2002. Lindsay, while with Ottawa, also lost his only game against Phil when the defender played for the Albany Attack.
"Any time you get to play your son or your brother, it brings another twist to it," said Lindsay, who works for a natural gas company in Toronto and travels to Philadelphia on Wednesdays for practice. "But we're all going to try to win and I don't think it really carries over to the next day."
Five Sandersons have played in the current NLL, while Terry won a title in the old NLL as a player with Quebec City in the mid-1970s. Terry, one of six brothers, and Lindsay, never picked up lacrosse sticks until the family moved to Orangeville from Nova Scotia when the boys were teenagers.
Since then, Terry has gone on to win three national junior titles and two senior titles as a coach. In 1995, seven Sandersons helped Orangeville win the Minto Cup junior crown.
"(The Sandersons) are Orangeville lacrosse," Rock captain Jim Veltman said. "There are a lot of them and there are more to come. They bring a great intensity and a (deep) desire to win. They've worked hard for everything they've got."
The latest Sanderson prospect is 10-month-old Cameron, son of Josh.
"(Cameron) has got one of those little wooden sticks and he whacks things with it," Terry, a proud grandfather, said. "If he wants to (play lacrosse), he has got the bloodlines for it."