With just less than 2 weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, it’s coming down to crunch time. And you know what that means. The pressure’s on and it’s for the nerves of steel to harden and the resolve to grow even stronger. Who wilts? Who emerges? The battle for playoff berths and playoff positioning factors into the mental approach for each game and we’re getting an idea of just who it is teams can count on with the heat is on. Maybe that’s why this week’s edition of the 3 Stars doesn’t include any surprises. These fellas have been here before, and it’s likely we’ll hear from ‘em again, starting with Coquitlam’s Dane Dobbie.
First star, Dane Dobbie, Coquitlam: The left-handed forward has been putting up the numbers expected of him lately and this past week in 2 games, he scored 4 goals and 2 assists in a 10-9 win over Victoria and then dropped 3 goals and 4 assists in Sunday’s 11-8 win over Maple Ridge for a 13-point week. He’s scored at least 3 goals in 3 of his last 5 games and it’s no coincidence that his emergence is a big reason behind Coquitlam winning 7 of its last 9 games.
Second star, Dane Stevens, Burnaby: The forward scored 7 points for the second-place Lakers in their 14-12 OT win over Nanaimo on Friday. Three of those points came on a natural hat trick in the first period that turned a 3-1 lead into a 6-1 lead and was part of an 8-1 run. All 3 goals came on separate 2-minute power plays and 3 of his 4 assist came in the second period as the Lakers held on to a 10-7 lead before Nanaimo’s rally.
Third star, Scott Ranger, Nanaimo: The WLA’s leading scorer is running away toward his second straight scoring title (70 points in 13 games) after pouring in 7 goals and 8 total points in a 1-1 weekend for the Timbermen. He scored 4-1 in an OT loss to Burnaby on Friday, then scored 3 goals in a 12-9 win over Maple Ridge on Saturday. Two of his 4 goals against Burnaby came in the third period and his fourth goal gave the T-men a 12-11 lead at 18:04 before Casey Jackson scored for Burnaby just 34 seconds later to send the game into OT.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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