WLA: Maple Ridge hoping revamped defense pays dividends for 2014 season

There are plenty of new things to notice about the Maple Ridge Burrards, including new uniforms, but the biggest change will be between the pipes. The Burrards have presented one of the more lethal offensive sides in recent Western Lacrosse Association seasons, but defense has been a sort of Achilles’ Heel, and Maple Ridge is hoping new goalie Frankie Scigliano is the answer. “He’s someone we’re looking to count on, to make a difference,” GM Daren Fridge told the Maple Ridge News of team’s first-round draft choice. Scigliano will miss tonight’s season opener at home against Nanaimo as he continues his backup role with the NLL’s Calgary Roughnecks. The Burrards also will be without scoring star Curtis Dickson, also a member of the Roughnecks. And Dickson will miss more games because he’s part of Team Canada at July’s world championships in Denver. But Reegan Comeault and Jaeden Gastaldo were acquired in separate trades, and Tyler Codron is back after a year off. New coach Chris Gill said the squad is eager to get a new season underway. “The guys are loving it,” said Gill. “They’re jacked up and excited, and working hard.”

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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