If there’s one theme that’s emerging for the Victoria Shamrocks so far in this young Western Lacrosse Association, it’s that the styles of Corey Small and Ryan Benesch work well together. Last year, the ‘Rocks had Small in the lineup, but not Benesch, who played MSL at home with Kitchener-Waterloo. In 2010, Benny was there but Small wasn’t. This year, they’re both in Victoria and the offense is rolling with the 2 of them as leaders. They combined for 13 points in a 10-6 win over Coquitlam that kept the Shamrocks perfect through 5 games. “Having them do what they’re doing is bringing a whole new dimension to the offence,” Shamrocks assistant coach Dave Lowdon told the Times Colonist. “It allows our right side to work off ball because they’re such a threat. Opposing defences must be respective of those two.”
Small scored the game’s first 2 goals and Benesch put Victoria ahead 3-0 before Small scored again to card his third hat trick of the season before the first period was over. Small finished with 3 goals and 2 assists while Benesch was 4-4. Jeff Shattler was 2-2 for the Shamrocks against a tough-luck Coquitlam defense that has given up just 38 goals in 5 games but isn’t getting the offensive support it would like.
The Adanacs, who have been without injured forward Dane Dobbie for the last 3 games, scored just 6 goals on 49 shots (12%) and have yet to break double digits in 5 games this season. As a team, the A’s are shooting just 14% (30-for-221) this season. “It’s not like we’re not getting chances. We’re rotating the ball well, we’re doing everything we’re supposed to be doing, but finishing is hard some times,” A’s coach Bob Salt told the newspaper.
Brooklin 8, Ajax 4 (box score)
Alberta Junior A
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OLA Junior C
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