There were more than a few surprises for the New Westminster Salmonbellies at last week’s Western Lacrosse League draft, and for the most part, they were pleasant surprises. Brushing aside popular thought that they’d take a goalie in the draft after trading away Tyler Richards recently, the Salmonbellies focused on the left side of their offense and used their first pick (No. 2 overall) on Reid Reinholdt. They then used their pick in the second round on Sean Lundstrom, giving their offense players who combined for 135 Junior A points last summer. “We got the two best lefties outside of Jesse King and Brody Eastwood and they’re both excited about playing here,” New West GM Dan Richardson told the Royal City Record. So in addition to bolstering that side of the offense, the Salmonbellies showed they have plenty of faith in goalie Neil Tyacke. “We’re going to ride with Neal (Tyacke) and address our biggest needs for offensive lefties to play with Logan (Schuss),” said Richardson. New Westminster opens its 2014 season on May 22 at home against Langley.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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