Langley Thunder coach Rod Jensen was about halfway through his 50 years of life the last time a Western Lacrosse Association team won the Mann Cup in Ontario. So he knows full well the challenge ahead of him and the Thunder if they’re to beat Peterborough in the 2012 series, which would give the WLA a Mann Cup win in the East for the first time since New Westminster won in 1986. “Let’s face it,” Jensen told The Peterborough Examiner. “The west hasn’t won it in many years and this doesn’t look like a scenario where we’re going to break loose but we have a pretty competitive group and I know we’re going to battle.” Jensen isn’t exactly counting out his team already, just recognizing the opponent and saying the Lakers remind him of the U.S. men’s basketball team he saw in Las Vegas earlier this summer. “If I had to make a comparison, the Peterborough Lakers remind me of a team like that. They’re the U.S. national team of lacrosse.”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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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