Max Perren didn’t have much down time after coaching Upper Canada College’s varsity lacrosse team in the spring, as he was chosen to coach Ontario’s U18 team this summer and just led it to a national championship.
What made the victory even sweeter was that Elliot Fish, a member of UCC’s team, also played for Team Ontario in the national championships held in Winnipeg from Sept. 2 to 4. The tournament had a round robin format, with the top two teams playing in the final.
Team Ontario opened the tournament with a 10-6 loss to British Columbia but rebounded impressively in its next three matches. It defeated Saskatchewan 20-9, Alberta 25-0 and Manitoba 28-2. A win in Ontario’s final round robin game would put it in the final against B.C. and the team came up big with a 16-0 win over Nova Scotia.
“Elliot had a great game as he dominated faceoffs and scored a beautiful goal,” says Perren, who teaches English and history at the Prep and was named field lacrosse coach of the year by the Ontario Lacrosse Association in 2015. “He was named star of the game for Team Ontario.”
Team Ontario never trailed in the final and claimed the Canadian crown by defeating B.C. 11-8.
As Canadian U18 Canadian Lacrosse Association champion, Team Ontario has claimed a berth in the Brogden Cup event that’s held every year in Florida and serves as the North American championship tournament.