1- Victoria Shamrocks (2) 4-0
Last Week: W 14-8 Burnaby,
This Week: W8-7 Langley, @ Maple Ridge
An early season clash of the titans Friday on the Island saw the Rocks come out on top of the Thunder to remain the only unbeaten team in the league. Victoria had Rhys Duchin the lineup last night making his return to the WLA. Only Matt Vinc has yet to make his presence felt this year out west. Chemistry hasn’t been an issue so far this year for the Rocks and their defense has stepped up nicely to complement a potent attack. Matt Flindell has been excellent between the pipes for the Rocks as he’s now 4-0 and has a stifling 7 GAA.
2-Langley Thunder (1) 3-1
Last Week: W7-5 Nanaimo,
This Week: L8-7 Victoria, vs. Burnaby
While the Thunder dropped their first game of the year, they’re still off to their best start in franchise history; but that’s not good enough for the back-to-back WLA champions. Governor Rob Buchan posted on Twitter his thoughts of the Thunder after their game versus the TMen, “I’d like our hard working, balls to the wall, work your ass off and win team back. This lazy , complacent team is going nowhere.” Garrett Billings made his 2013 debut last week but the Thunder need to be a full 60-minute team.
3- Maple Ridge (4) 3-1
Last Week: W14-12 OT Coquitlam, W13-9 New West,
This Week: W12-8 Burnaby, vs. Victoria, @ New West.
To say Curtis Dickson is an early candidate for WLA MVP wouldn’t be too much of a stretch even this early in the year. Superman is showing why he is one of the premier players in all of lacrosse with his play so far, putting up a league-leading 32 pts (18+14). But what could be the biggest piece to the Burrards’ puzzle so far has been goalie Chris Levis. Acquired from Victoria during the off-season, Levis has indeed shored up the back end and given some stability to a young defense. After dropping their first game of the year, the Burrards have reeled off three straight Ws.
4- New Westminster (3) 2-2
Last Week: L13-9 Maple Ridge, W14-6 Coquitlam
This Week: vs. Maple Ridge
The Fish are .500 and haven’t even started Tyler Richards yet. Logan Schuss made his WLA debut this week and lived up to the hype as he dropped nine points in two games and fit in seamlessly as GM Dan Richardson had hoped he would. While the Bellies are still fairly young offensively, their leadership group of Nenad Gajic, Ilija Gajic, Curtis Hodgson, Shayne Bennett and Kyle Ross are the glue that will help this team gel together and be there come playoff time.
5- Nanaimo (7) 1-2
Last Week: L7-5 Langley
This Week: @ Coquitlam, vs. Victoria
Tough to put the Timbermen below a team that has yet to win a game this year but in reality, the boys from the mid-island aren’t playing terrible lacrosse. After being down 7-2 going into the third against Lanlgley, Zach Boychuck and the defence shut the door allowing their team a chance to get back in the game. Goals against isn’t the issue for HC Kaleb Toth, it’s getting guys to put the ball in the net. Second year forward Cody Bremner will be back from Cornell this weekend and that should give them some needed extra punch as they take on two very stingy defences this week.
6- Burnaby (6) 0-3
Last Week: L14-8 Victoria,
This Week: L 12-8 Maple Ridge, @ Langley
Not exactly the start the boys in the swamp were looking for have dropped their opening three games. One thing HC Rory McDade will want from his team is more offence, as in their first two games they’ve only come up with an average of 7.5 goals per game and that has to be worrisome for the rookie bench boss. With a young fast athletic defence, the Lakers will need to start to create some of their chances from the back end and get back to track-meet lacrosse.
7- Coquitlam (5) 0-4
Last Week: L14-12 OT Maple Ridge, L14-6 New West
This Week: vs Nanaimo
You have to feel for GM Randy Delmonico. He has had to pull some early season deals just to fill his roster as he’s seen his team decimated with injuries since before the season started. Dane Dobbie is finally back but the question is, how will his body be able to withstand the riggers of another WLA season. Nick Rose has yet to suit up since the opening period of the year and off-season free agent signing Jeff Zywicki has yet to dress. There’s no doubt the A’s have the talent to compete but when your line-up is a constantly revolving door, it’s never easy to build any chemistry. Can they pick up their first W of the year against the TMen at home Saturday?
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