Besides being touted as the fastest game on two legs, lacrosse -- especially the indoor version -- is one of the most physical. Push often comes to shove, and all of a sudden you've got a gem of a brawl on your hands.
That's what happened Wednesday night in the second period of a Major Series Lacrosse game between the Oakville Rock and Brooklin Redmen in Whitby, Ontario.
In a sport where the definition of "routine" physical contact is pretty liberal, a staggering 195 penalty minutes were assessed in just eight minutes during the second period.
It started with Stephan Leblanc of Oakville going after Brooklin’s Mike Cudmore and winning the round on points before that battle wound down.
That's when Brendon Niesink of Oakville went after an opposing player on the Brooklin bench, bringing players from both teams into new confrontations around the rink.
Brooklin’s Cudmore, Scott Gamble, Geoff Griffiths, Kyle Aquin and Nick Diachenko were all ejected, but the Redmen scored the contest's final seven goals and walked away with an 11-7 victory, which is relatively low-scoring for box lacrosse.
If fans felt cheated by the numbers on the scoreboard, they got their money's worth in the game summary with a total of 43 penalties.