Akwesasne Indians

The Akwesasne Indians are Junior "B" box lacrosse team from Akwesasne (the borderlands between Ontario, Quebec, and New York). The Indians compete in the OLA Junior B Lacrosse League.

Akwesasne Indians
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SportBox lacrosse
Founded1996
LeagueOLA Junior B Lacrosse League
Based inAkwesasne
ArenaA'nowara'ko:wa Arena
ColoursMaroon, Black, and White
OwnerCarey Terance
Head coachBrandon Francic
General managerRoy Ledoux
ChampionshipsFounders Cup (2015)
Division titles4 (2004, 2012, 2015, 2016)

HistoryEdit

The Akwesasne Lightning joined the OJBLL in 1996. They joined around the same time that the other major Iroquois teams, Onondaga Warriors and Kahnawake Mohawks, joined the OLA. Onondaga and Kahnawake walked away after a few years in the league to join the Iroquois Nations Junior B Lacrosse League, but Akwesasne decided to stay and have become a top team in the OJBLL.

The team is from the Akwesasne Reserve. The reserve sits on the border between Canada and the United States where Ontario, Quebec, and New York meet. This location is unique as the rest of the teams in the league are based out of Canadian cities and towns.

After a dismal 5-17-0 first season, the Lightning never slipped below a .500 record until 2007. In 2004, the Lightning won their first division title in the Eastern Conference with a 17-1-2 record.

After the 2008 season, the Lightning went on a 1-year hiatus due to a tough economic drop, and not enough money to finance the team. The team returned in 2010.

In 2014, the team changed their name to the Akwesasne Indians.

Season-by-season resultsEdit

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T GF GA PTS Placing Playoffs
1996 22 5 17 0 201 285 10 7th East DNQ
1997 22 11 11 0 262 259 22 5th East DNQ
1998 20 15 5 0 303 188 30 2nd East Lost Quarterfinals
1999 20 10 10 0 232 212 20 4th East Lost Quarterfinals
2000 20 10 10 0 235 241 20 5th East DNQ
2001 20 14 6 0 252 171 28 2nd East Lost 1st Round
2002 22 15 6 1 254 190 31 3rd East Lost Quarterfinals
2003 20 15 4 1 234 155 31 3rd East Lost Quarterfinals
2004 20 17 1 2 243 125 36 1st East Lost Semifinals
2005 20 17 3 0 242 118 34 2nd East Lost Semifinals
2006 19 14 5 0 195 128 28 3rd East Lost 1st Round
2007 20 7 13 0 129 189 14 9th East DNQ
2008 20 9 11 0 148 168 18 8th East Lost 1st Round
2009 Did Not Participate
2010 20 6 14 0 105 153 12 9th East DNQ
2011 20 13 6 1 246 162 27 4th East Lost Conference Semifinals
2012 20 19 1 0 363 121 39 1st East Lost Finals, Founders Cup Silver medalist
2013 20 17 3 0 233 137 34 3rd East Lost Conference Finals
2014 20 16 4 0 230 153 32 3rd East Lost Conference Finals
2015 20 16 4 0 281 156 32 1st East Won League,[1] Founders Cup Gold medalist
2016 20 16 4 0 261 169 32 2nd East TBD

Founders CupEdit

CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Year Round Robin Record
W-L-T
Standing Semifinal Gold Medal Game
2012
Six Nations, ON
W, Onondaga Jr. Redhawks 23-9
W, Saskatchewan SWAT 15-7
W, Team Quebec 23-6
W, Team Quebec 22-4
4-0-0 1st of 4
Pool A
W, Calgary Mountaineers 11-8 L, Six Nations Rebels 7-8
2015
Calgary, AB
W, Manitoba Blizzard 15-5
W, Saskatchewan SWAT 11-10
W, Calgary Chill 23-6
W, Coquitlam Adanacs 18-5
W, Seneca WarChiefs 17-8
W, Calgary Mountaineers 12-7
6-0-0 1st of 7 N/A W, Seneca WarChiefs 9-6 OT
CHAMPIONS

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Akwesasne Indians need sweep to net OLA championship". Cornwall Standard Freeholder. 5 August 2015. Archived from the original on 17 August 2015. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

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