Things seem all back to normal in the BC Jr A Lacrosse League as the eight teams steam towards the postseason. As we have become so accustomed to in years past, the Coquitlam Adanacs and New Westminster Salmonbellies are 1-2 respectively and setting the mark for other teams to come and get them.
While teams like Victoria, Delta and Langley continue to contend, the top two teams in the province continue to show they are the class of the league, pulling to the head of the pack. It could be largely in part to them finally getting to full accompaniment as all players have returned from their duties south of the boarder and with them comes a little extra firepower and some added defensive efforts.
Regardless of who you are cheering for, though, one thing does remain constant; while everyone continues to beat up on Burnaby and Nanaimo, they will take turns stealing wins from one another, making this one of the tightest BCJALL seasons to date.
1: New West (1) 11-4
Last week: W9-7 Langley, W17-8 Victoria, W10-4 Delta
This Week: @ Poco, vs. Burnaby
A perfect 3-0 week has catapulted the Bellies to the top of the standings and cemented their position as the top team out west. After a bit of a slow start the Fish are now showing that this could be the year that they dethrone the Adanacs as the Kings of BC. Forever-a-Junior Frankie Scigliano is once again having an incredible season between the pipes. His work in the NLL has really helped propel his game to another level that Jr aged players aren’t used to seeing. The big test will be their two final games vs. the Adanacs.
2: Coquitlam (4) 11-3
Last week: W14-8 Poco, W8-4 Nanaimo, W12-7 Nanaimo
This Week: vs. Langley, @ Langley
Much like the Bellies, the Adanacs had a perfect week and continue to climb the ranks (they’re actually the #1 ranked team in Canada). Wes Berg played his first three games since returning from Denver University and contributed 6 points a game (12+6). A crucial double header vs. the Thunder this week will set them up for those key games vs. New West.
3: Victoria (4) 9-5
Last week: W20-7 Poco, L17-8 New West
This Week: @ Delta, @ Langley
The Shamrocks are losing ground with the above two teams but continue to maintain ground as they easily handle the lower three teams with ease. Two massive games this weekend would give the Shamrocks some breathing room and the way Jessie King is playing (42pts in 8 games) the Rocks could throw a wrench into some teams’ plans.
4: Delta (3) 10-7
Last week: L9-8 Poco, W19-8 Burnaby, L10-4 New West
This Week: vs. Victoria
That 9-8 loss to Poco could come back and haunt the Islanders as we head down the home stretch. Delta has played more games than anyone in the league and dropping points to teams that are below them isn’t doing them any favours. Still a fairly young team, Delta will need to start raising their level of play if they hope to contend for one of the two BC Minto qualifying spots.
5: Langley (5) 8-5
Last week: L8-7 New West, W13-9 Burnaby
This Week: @ Coquitlam, vs. Poco, @ Nanaimo, vs. Victoria.
A tough four-game week coming up for the Thunder and it couldn’t be more important to their season. They could easily come away with six points from this week but anything less than four would be considered a disappointment. The Thunder are looking to lock up home advantage for their opening play-off series and if they could squeeze into third they might have a better 2nd round match-up.
6: Port Coquitlam (6) 7-9
Last week: L14-8 Coquitlam, W9-8 Delta, L20-7 Victoria
This Week: @ Langley, vs. New West
Their win over the Islanders could very well give this Saints squad a little kick in the butt to get them going as they enter the third to last week in the BCJ. Matt Delmonico continues his impressive year. The ’92 born player from Port Moody sits second on the team in points with 42 but has only played in 8 games. With four games left, their home and home with Victoria to end the season could prove very pivotal.
7: Burnaby (7) 1-14
Last Week: L19-8 Delta, L13-9 Langley
This Week: vs. Nanaimo, @ New West
One thing’s for sure (OK it’s 98.76907% sure) that after Sunday’s game, either Nanaimo or Burnaby will get their second win of the year. Losers of 11 straight, the Lakers could really use a win as this season continues to spiral out of control
8: Nanaimo (8) 1-12
Last Week: L8-4 Coquitlam, L12-7 Coquitlam
This Week: vs. Langley, @Burnaby
Positives from this past week’s two games vs. the A’s were that it was a combined 8-goal deficit in the two matchups. Nanaimo has really only been blown out in three of its games this year, which has to be some sort of building block for coach Brad Dougan. With eight games remaining, two of which are against the Lakers, there’s still some hope the TMen can avoid the basement come July 8.
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