Jeff Shattler and the Victoria Shamrocks are saying the things you’d expect any team to say that’s this close to winning the Mann Cup. “This is only the first step. It doesn’t mean anything,” Shattler told the Times Colonist of the Mann Cup tournament, which kicks off Friday against the Six Nations Chiefs. “But if we don’t win the Mann Cup, what have we done?” Thing is, you definitely get the feeling that this is more than lip service, more than wishful thinking. The Shamrocks want this, and they want it bad. And it goes beyond the Shamrocks; this is for the West. Because it’s been 8 very long years since the Cup last was won by a WLA team, and that was the Shamrocks in 2005. “We’d love to win it back in the West. It’s been in the East for a while,” he said. “So we’re looking to win — nothing else. We want the W. No one remembers second place.” Actually, there is someone who remembers second place, and that’s the team that finished there. And the Shamrocks are determined not to be that team.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 email@example.com or go to RochesterSports.com.
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