It was a light week in the Western Lacrosse Association with just 6 games played. But 1 game was enough for a fella plying his trade in Nanaimo this summer to shine above the rest, and a forward in Coquitlam was a big part of back-to-back wins for the Adanacs, a stretch that just might be turning around the fortunes of that team. And yet our third star this week from the WLA did what everyone’s come to expect of him — score points — despite his team losing both its games in a bit of a surprise. But these stars are handed out to individuals. So as some teams celebrate their wins and others try to figure out why they lost, let’s take a look at the top 3 performances.
First star, Cory Conway, Nanaimo: The Timbermen knew what they had in Scott Ranger and they knew the young sticks they had in Cody Bremner and Joel Henry, but they also knew the offense could use another veteran. In comes Conway, whose rights were secured from Coquitlam before the season started and the Timbermen weren’t even sure Conway would report. But he did, and everyone’s happy, especially after his 10-point performance (3 goals, 7 assists) that helped Nanaimo top New Westminster on Sunday, 10-8, for the franchise’s first regular-season win ever against the ‘Bellies. It was Conway’s goal in the first 2 minutes of the third period Sunday that cut New West’s lead to 7-6 and Conway went on to post 4 of his 10 assists in the third as Nanaimo rallied for the big win.
Second star, Daryl Veltman, Coquitam: A 2-4 start to the season isn’t what the Adanacs envisioned coming into 2012 but they’re 4-4 now after consecutive wins over Langley and Maple Ridge. And as strong as the defense continues to play for Coquitlam, it was Veltman’s consistency that sparked the offense. He was 3-1 in Wednesday’s 7-5 win over the Thunder and then he dropped 1 goal and 3 points in a 13-8 win over the Burrards on Saturday for an 8-point week.
Third star, Ryan Benesch, Victoria: It was a rough week for the Shamrocks, losing both their games. But Benesch was a constant out the front door, scoring 4-4 in Thursday’s 14-12 loss to rival New Westminster, then dropping 4-2 in Friday’s 10-9 loss to Burnaby for a 14-point week. No one likes to blame any one player for a loss, or a win, but it’s tough to pin any part of Victoria’s tough week on Benesch, who has scored no less than 6 points in 4 straight games.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 email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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