Last night: Small, Benesch light up offense for Victoria in WLA win over Coquitlam

Corey Small leads undefeated Victoria up front with 26 points through 5 games this season. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Corey Small leads undefeated Victoria up front with 26 points through 5 games this season. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

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.

MSL
Brooklin 8, Ajax 4 (box score)

WLA
Langley 13, Burnaby 7 (box score)
Victoria 10, Coquitlam 6 (box score)

OLA Junior A
Whitby 10, St. Catharines 7 (box score)
Burlington 9, Toronto 2 (box score)

Alberta Junior A
Jr. Miners @ Jr. Eclipse

OLA Junior B
Newmarket 12, Mississauga 7 (box score)
Sarnia 10, Windsor 6 (box score)
Akwesasne 11, Nepean 6 (box score)

OLA Junior C
Halton Hills 7, Fergus 6 (box score)

QSLL
St. Regis 17, Kahnawake 9 (box score)

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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