Familiar foes square off when Coquitlam kicks off B.C. semifinal against Victoria

They know each other, and they know each other well. The Coquitlam Adanacs and Victoria Shamrocks are no strangers to each other, and neither are their coaches. “Part of my coaching philosophy, I learned from him. I really respect him,” Coquitlam coach Neil Doddridge told The Now News of Victoria coach Nirmal Dillon. “(Victoria) plays a similar style to us — it’s a running game. There’s not too much funny business, they just play straight up and down. They’re quite athletic.” Doddridge and Dillon go way back, to the days when Dillon was coach of the Senior Shamrocks and leading them to Mann Cup wins with Doddridge on the roster in the late 1990s. Tonight, they’ll square off as opponents in Game 1 of their BCJALL semifinal series. And yes, the A’s are very much aware of the powerful Victoria offense that scored more than 300 goals in the regular season. And no, they’re not worried about it. “If you take care of the goals going in your net, you’re ahead of the game,” Doddridge said of his defense-first philosophy.

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 bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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