Braves fall to Whitby in Jr. A lacrosse action

June 12th, 2015

Waterloo Region Record

KITCHENER — There certainly is a resemblance to his older brother in his firm handshake and friendly off-floor demeanour.

But Drake Smith is his own man.

A four-year Jr. A lacrosse veteran with the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves, he flirts with his own version of greatness. He is, after all, second in team scoring and a respected team leader.

Although Drake, 20, has been living in his older brother Dhane’s shadow for, well, forever.

Dhane, a former Brave, is now a National Lacrosse League franchise cornerstone with the Buffalo Bandits. Drake wouldn’t mind one bit if he shares that destiny.

“I want to go pro. I hope to go in the draft next year,” said Drake before his Braves surrendered a 10-8 loss to the Whitby Warriors at the Kinsmen Arena on Thursday night.

A couple years ago, Dhane set the Braves’ franchise scoring record, surpassing lacrosse luminaries like Colin Doyle and Ryan Benesch. Dhane was also named the Ontario Lacrosse Association Jr. A loop’s MVP before he moved on.

“He’s left some big footsteps for me to try to walk in,” admitted Drake, a Conestoga College student and Huron Heights grad.

“But Dhane told me to try to step out of his shadow, get my confidence and do my own thing.”

More of a playmaker than his versatile brother, a couple inches shorter and about 10 pounds lighter, Drake collected a goal on Thursday.

He now has 38 points in 13 games, nearly matching his point total from last season in seven fewer games.

But there is still a ways to go.

Braves first-year head coach Chris Driscoll, a former captain for the NLL’s Toronto Rock, doesn’t mince words when he talks about the younger Smith.

“I don’t think (Drake) really understands how good he could be.

“He’s one of those guys who is a really talented player. He just needs to apply himself and he would even be that much better,” explained the coach.

“You either accept (you have a superstar brother). Or you take offence to it. I think he needs to take offence to it and to try to create his own path.”

The Braves trailed 4-1 after one period and 7-4 after two on Thursday. The hosts scratched back to within one goal three times in the third. It was as close as they could get.

Whitby’s Austin Shanks took the league’s scoring lead with a three-point effort on Thursday. He now has 57 points in a dozen games.

For the Braves, Chris Cloutier registered five points, including four goals, giving him the team lead with 40 points.

K-W also got three points apiece from Ryan Willock and Pat Masterson on Thursday.

The Braves have three wins in 13 games this season, good for ninth place in the 11-team loop.

Next action for K-W is Sunday when the Braves visit the league leaders in Six Nations.

crivet@therecord.com


Show your support!

June 8th, 2015

Come on out to cheer on your KW Braves at their next home game, Thursday June 11th. The Braves will be taking on the Whitby Warriors.


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June 2nd, 2015

Come show your support at our next home game!
June 4th, 8pm vs Peterborough


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Next Home Game

May 20th, 2015

The KW Jr A Braves host the Six Nations Arrows tomorrow, May 21st at the Kinsmen Arena. Game time is 8pm.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. All minor lacrosse players are admitted free.

Kids are encouraged to bring their helmet and sticks to go on the floor in between periods.


K-W Braves suffer first loss of year

May 16th, 2015

After a week-long layoff, the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves were back on the floor in OLA Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse action.

The Braves built an early three-goal lead against Toronto, but could not hold off the Beaches over the final 47 minutes. Toronto rallied for an 8-5 victory, dropping K-W to 1-and-1 this season.

Anthony Joaquim paced the Beaches with two goals and one assist.

Davis Prince had one goal and two assists for K-W, who could not sustain the momentum after building a 3-0 lead in the game’s opening thirteen minutes.

The Braves still await the return of six regulars who remain away in the U.S. for school and lacrosse. K-W is on the road tonight (8:00 pm) to face the Peterborough Lakers.

The Braves’ next home game is Thursday, May 21st (8:00 pm) when they host the Six Nations Arrows at Kinsmen Arena.

source: kitchener.ctvnews.ca


Braves open season with win

May 8th, 2015

The Kitchener-Waterloo Braves opened their 2015 season with a 10-5 win against the Burlington Chiefs in Ontario Jr. A Lacrosse League action Thursday night.

Drake Smith and Cody Hamley led the Braves with four and three goals respectively.

The Braves will face the Toronto Beaches Thursday night for their second game of the season.

Source: therecord.com


Home Opener

May 6th, 2015

Let’s fill the stands……the KW Jr A Braves regular season starts tomorrow at the Kinsmen Arena at 8PM when the Burlington Chiefs make their way down for their first visit of the season.

Tickets for the Braves Home Opener are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students. All minor lacrosse players are admitted free.

Kids are encouraged to bring their helmet and sticks to go on the floor in between periods.


Lacrosse Braves return to the past to break playoff spell

April 30th, 2015

KITCHENER — It’s 1992.

Arkansas governor Bill Clinton announces Al Gore will be his presidential running mate.

Johnny Carson signs off as host of the “Tonight Show.”

Sinead O’Connor rips up a photo of Pope John Paul II on “Saturday Night Live.”

Hurricane Andrew ravages the southeastern United States, killing 23.

And the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves win their last playoff series.

Time marches on. Careers and cities are rebuilt. But Jr. A lacrosse’s Braves are still spinning in the mud.

Yes, it’s going on 23 years. They’ve nurtured some of the best pro lacrosse players on the planet and yet the Braves continue to defy logic. They are still without a playoff series victory since 1992.

And now, in order to move ahead, the club has returned to its past.

Twenty-year National Lacrosse League veteran Chris Driscoll, who played for the Braves during that monumental 1992 season, takes over as the squad’s head coach this season. Click here to read the full story

Source:therecord.com


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