Titans on track for 16 victories

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

THE OTTAWA Titans are aiming high in the franchise's second season of Junior A lacrosse.

They got off to a fantastic start last weekend in their first two games of the season, and look to continue that when they open their home schedule tonight (8 p.m.) at Earl Armstrong Arena against John Tavares and the Mississauga Tomahawks.

"Around 16 wins and getting into the top four, that's what I'm shooting for," said Titans coach Peter Vipond.

The Titans scored a 10-7 victory over the Brampton Excelsiors in their opener last Saturday, and followed with an improbable 8-6 win over the Six Nations Arrows Express, the defending league champs, on Sunday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

"Mentally, it was a major step for our guys," said Vipond of his team scoring a win on the road at Six Nations.

The Titans will try to make it three straight wins tonight against Mississauga, but might have to do it without standout goalie Justin Delormier who, according to Vipond, suffered an ankle injury at school in Akwesasne during the week.

"It's not a good thing for us because he's played so well," Vipond said of Delormier, the league's MVP last season.

Joe Tallis, Ottawa's backup goalie, will start tonight's game if Delormier can't play.

The Titans are led on offence by Kyle Buchanan, who has four goals and seven points in the first two games.

"I told Kyle that he could score 50 goals this year, but he looked at me like I was going crazy," said Vipond.

The team named Simon Robillard, Pat Tallis and Curry Rice as captains.

Tonight they're up against Tavares, who was recently named the OHL's rookie of the year after a standout first season with the Oshawa Generals.

The Titans continue their schedule tomorrow afternoon (2 p.m.) at home in a rematch against the Excelsiors.

barre.campbell@ott.sunpub.com


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