Second period bedevils London

ERIC BENDER -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

If the London Blue Devils had a few more J.D. Beavis types they wouldn't be wallowing with a 2-6 record in the Ontario Junior B lacrosse league.

Beavis's three goals weren't enough last night as the Blue Devils fell 13-8 to the St. Catharines Spartans.

He does have a twin brother though, two minutes older, who added a goal.

J.D. played a game in junior A last year with Ottawa but has elected to play the junior B season here and he's a spark plug.

"I play aggressive," said the 18-year-old mighty mite who, in sports parlance, "plays bigger than he is."

At five-foot-seven and 155 pounds, the St. Thomas resident is an all-round lacrosse stylist. He isn't hesitant to mix it up with the biggest on the floor and uses his quickness to score and pressure opponents.

Often his aggressiveness gets him in penalty trouble but last night he stayed on the floor.

As for staying home, J.D. said he wants to "add to my stats this year and try to make it somewhere."

Somewhere would be the professional Toronto Rock, he figures.

He's busy framing houses now that he's finished high school. He played high school football last fall before graduating and played junior D hockey for Belmont last winter.

The Blue Devils were in tough against St. Catharines, a team with an average age of 19 that lost the junior B semifinal in seven games last year to the eventual champion Elora.

London's squad has a high component of last-year midgets and with injuries, two of this year's minor system midgets -- Matt Cassidy and Ray Broadworth -- were called up. Cassidy scored a goal.

"We turned the ball over too much," said London coach John Campbell who called it a poorer effort all around.

The defence, a strong suit of the Blue Devils this year, was victimized by the Warriors.

"One bad period seems to beat us," said Campbell. "Tonight it was the second period."

With London trailing just 4-3 at the end of the first period, St. Catharines scored four straight goals to start the second and went into the third with a five-goal lead, which they maintained.

St. Catharines is now 5-2 on the season.

GAME GLANCE

Warriors 13, Blue Devils 8

St. Catharines scorers: Kyle Goertz (3), Matt Decaire, Jason Mazachowski, Corry Green (2), Matt Tattri, Jason Wall, Adam Moore, Kyle Jacobs, Mark Husband, Todd Greenhalgh.

London scorers: J.D. Beavis (3), Kyle Childerhose (2), Winter Dockstader, Brendan Beavis, Matt Cassidy.

Next: The Blue Devils travel to Sarnia Wednesday to take on the Pacers at 8 p.m.


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