Kearnan brothers lead BLC over Excelsiors

Connor Kearnan had a hat trick and two assists, while his brother Brady scored two goals and two assists to lead the Brooklin Lacrosse club to a 10-8 win over the Brampton Excelsiors Thursday night during Major Series Lacrosse action.

Steven Portelli got the Excelsiors on the board first scoring off a Tanner Thomson pass at 1:15, but was answered by Angus Rowding converting a Parker Pipher feed to tie the game at 5:01.


Brady Kearnan gave BLC their first lead scoring on the power-play unassisted at 7:22, but was answered by Tanner Thomson scoring off a Steven Portelli feed also on the power-play at 9:07. Jonathan Gagliardi took a five minute unnecessary roughness penalty which put the Excelsiors down two men (Robert Hudson was already serving a holding penalty). On the ensuing power plays, Brooklin was able to score twice.  The first goal came from a Connor Kearnan blast off a Brady Kearnan feed at 11:29, followed by Devin Pipher scoring off a Jake Stevens pass at 13:44.

The Excelsiors finished the period strong however. Steven Portelli scored his second of the game off a Tanner Thomson feed at 16:42, followed by Lucas Ferreira converting a Robert Hudson pass at 19:47. 

Luke Pilcher opened up the scoring for Brooklin converting a Jake Stevens pass at 1:42, but the Excelsiors came back with Rory Graham blasting a Steven Portelli feed in at 8:57. Devin Pipher gave Brooklin the lead once more scoring off a Carter McKenzie pass at 11:20, followed by Connor Kearnan converting a Jack Boyden pass at 16:30.

Jack Boyden increased the BLC lead to three converting a Brady Kearnan pass at 5:54. Tanner Thomson scored shorthanded for Brampton off a Pent Eistrat feed at 14:36, but Brady Kearnan restored the three goal lead beating Lucas Nagy off a Connor Kearnan pass at 15:47. 

The Excelsiors pushed hard in the remaining minutes. Curtis Goddard scored off a Steven Portelli feed, followed by Portelli himself scoring off a Henry Follows feed at 19:18 to bring the game within one. Connor Kearnan sclred with just three seconds left to seal the two goal victory.