There’s no such thing as relegation in lacrosse but if there were, there would a clear line as to where it would be drawn. The top six teams are separated by just four points while the bottom two teams are sitting with just a single win each and are quickly losing sight of those above them. An obvious divide between the haves and the have-nots, but the fact that Port Coquitlam is keeping pace has to give hope to Nanaimo and Burnaby. But what we’re starting to see is that while the top six are beating up on the bottom two, they’re also taking turns taking a shot at one another. So as we head into the second half of the season it will be interesting to see if any team can pull away from the pack or if we’ll continue to see the dog fight through the summer.
1: New West (4) 6-4
Last week: W11-10 Langley, W13-10 Victoria
This Week: vs. Burnaby, @ Nanaimo
OK, so I’m getting on the Bellies wagon now before it’s too late. With wins over the Thunder and Rocks this past week they have proved that they are indeed contenders in the BCJALL again. If it weren’t for an illegal player in their opening game they’d be 7-3 and tied for first in the standings but on the floor they are the top team right now.
2: Victoria (1) 7-3
Last week: L13-10 New West, W17-5 Burnaby
This Week: @ Delta, vs Nanaimo
A tough pill to swallow for the Rocks was their loss to the Bellies on Saturday but it was quickly wiped away with a complete team victory over the Lakers. However if the Rocks want to be a contender come August, they’re going to need to find a way to win the big games.
3: Langley (3) 6-2
Last week: W12-8 Delta
This Week: @ Coquitlam, vs. Delta, vs. Nanaimo
The Thunder have won four of their last five games are one of the best defensive teams in the league. Spencer England and Riley Brown have been a solid tag-team for HC Jake Elliott, having only given up double-digit goals twice this season. Most coaches will tell you that if their team can hold the opposition to less than 10 goals, you should be winning every game. Langley is working toward that each night out.
4: Coquitlam (2) 6-3
Last week: None
This Week: vs. Langley, @ PoCo
A week off and the troops will be back on the floor. A big game against the Thunder Wednesday night will be real test for the A’s. Their defense is tops in the league they just now need to get their offense to come around. Wes Berg will be just what the doctor ordered.
5: Delta (5) 7-5
Last week: L12-8 Langley, W 10-0 Nanaimo
This Week: @ Langley, vs. Victoria
While they may stand tied for first place, the Islanders are playing like a first-place team. A loss to the Thunder and nail-biting win over Nanaimo just goes to show that this version of the Islanders while offensively prolific, they struggle to put wins together. Cody Nass is running away with the BCJ scoring title. After 12 games, he has 67 points which is good for a 22-point cushion over teammate Eli McLaughlin.
6: Port Coquitlam (6) 5-5
Last week: W13-6 Burnaby
This Week: vs. Coquitlam, @ Burnaby
The Saints are taking any win they can right now and having won two in a row heading into this week, they’re starting to build some momentum. However, the Coquitlam Derby will be a real test for Danny Harada’s team. PoCo is comfortably sitting in sixth and while it’s not resting on its laurels, it very well could just be making sure it doesn’t get caught.
7: Nanaimo (7) 1-7
Last Week: L10-9 Delta
This Week: vs. New West, @ Langley
The Tmen could be winless but they aren’t due to their forfeited game against the Bellies and each week they continue to improve. That was most evident this past weekend as they pushed Delta to the brink. Two very tough games this weekend but if they could string some wins together, they could very well put some pressure on Poco.
8: Burnaby (8) 1-10
Last Week: L13-6 Poco, L17-5 Victoria
This Week: @ New West, vs. Poco.
Losers of seven straight, the Lakers are struggling on both sides of the ball. There doesn’t seem to be any signs of improvement but for such a young team, gaining the experience against the better teams can only help them grow for the future.
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