The 2014 Presidents’ Cup has been one to remember. The seven-day tournament hosted by the Tri-City Bandits and West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association (WCSLA) has seen several highlights, including two clashes between Onondaga Redhawks and St. Albert Miners, a four-game run by Six Nations Rivermen to earn a spot in the medal round, and several spectacular individual performances. After eight games in seven days, Onondaga was crowned kings of Senior B lacrosse in North America, defeating Six Nations in the Gold Medal game.
The Redhawks went 5-1 in round-robin play, outscoring opponents 71-45. Their lone blemish was a 11-10 loss to QSLL champion Kahnawake Mohawks on Day 3. The Mohawks also finished 5-1, but fell in the semifinals 8-4 to Six Nations.
Onondaga faced a semifinal rematch with St. Albert Miners, undefeated coming into the tournament, after defeating them 7-6 two days earlier. Their second clash was just as good with the Redhawks coming out on top 10-8. In the performance of the tourney, Lyle Thompson scored seven goals for the winners, placing the team on his shoulders throughout. Goalie Edmund Cathers was brilliant in net (47 saves) and added an empty-net goal in the final seconds to seal the victory. Cathers is a former Onondaga Community College and Syracuse player.
In the Gold Medal Game, Onondaga faced the OLA Senior B champion Six Nations Rivermen. In a tightly-played contest, the Redhawks came out on top 9-7. Balanced scoring led the Onondaga attack while goalie Ross Bucktooth was consistently good in net.
Lyle Thompson was named tournament MVP, while Jeremy and Miles Thompson were First Team All-Stars, presented by Epoch Lacrosse.