There's really no need to post information 'in defence' of someone who assaults a referee in a game - it's beyond me as to why we would want to. The only reason to mention the calibre of the officiating would be to provide some basis of a reason for assaulting an official. The line has always been there -- you do not touch the referees in a game, no matter how good, or how poor a game they are calling. It should never happen - so providing 'circumstances' that led to it sounds more like a defence for why it happened -- when there's no excuse for it, period, end of story.
Secondly, I'm not aware of how many games Grenier or Robinson have done at the senior b level or beyond, but I can tell you that Shawn Grenier has been refereeing university level field lacrosse for at least the past 5-6 years -- and those are players between the ages of 17 - 25 -- so I don't think that reffing that age bracket is anything new for him. I've seen Matt Robinson reffing junior games for a number of years, so at some point refs - like players - have to move up and take on the higher competition, and like it or not, Major will always receive the more seasoned refs than Senior B. The best refs will ply their trade where the best lacrosse takes places. In junior - that's 'A' ball -- in senior -- that's Major Series.
I was not at the game, did not see the play(s) that led up to the event - but I don't need to to know that the actions are inexcusable, and if it was an attack on the ref (was it simply a push? was it a punch? a cross-check?), then let's hope that as an example - there is an incredibly severe suspension handed down.
Posted on Jun 12, 2006, 2:41 PM from IP address 188.8.131.52