After last weekend’s B.C. Jr. A Lacrosse League draft, the eight junior teams stacked up their rosters for the 2014 season and started the process of moving on without their graduating players. Now it’s time to see where many of those 1992 born players will end up for the upcoming Western Lacrosse Association season as the WLA draft will take place at Langley Events Centre on Thursday, February 6. The Coquitlam Adanacs hold the first overall pick in this years draft and they have numerous options moving forward into 2014. The A’s also hold the fourth overall pick so they will be adding two top level rookies to the roster. The talent pool is very top heavy with this year’s draft class but with 2014 being an eastern Mann Cup year, it could very well be a year for some of these top prospects to make a real impact. READ MORE »
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Ever since the early days of the Eagle Pro Box league and professional lacrosse became an actual thing, it’s always labeled itself as the league of weekend warriors who play for the love of the game while holding down a steady 9-5 job Monday through Friday. National Lacrosse League players today have a wide range of professions that allow them continue to play the game they love, while at the same time making sure the bills don’t pile up like John Grant Jr highlight real goals (don’t ever stop Jr.). Well Dane Stevens, who was recently acquired by the Minnesota Swarm from the Edmonton Rush, may just take the cake as one of the most interesting men away from the turf. He may not have his own line of Memes quite yet but moonlighting as the bassist for the Vancouver indie rock group, Tough Lovers has allowed him to grow some underground groupie love status but that’s not the coolest job description on his resume. READ MORE »
The Presidents Cup is headed to the West Coast. The 2014 edition of the Canadian Lacrosse Association Senior B championship will be held in Coquitlam, with the Tri-City Bandits serving as the hosts. Coquitlam is one of the three cities that comprise the Tri- City area, along with Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. The Bandits actually play out of PoCo. The tournament is slated for August 25-31. The tournament’s organizing committee points out that all three communities have strong box, field and school lacrosse programs, making the area one of the hot beds of the game.
“In 2013 the Bandits won their sixth straight provincial title and look forward to get a chance to compete for a national title on their home turf,” says Bandits Team President Randy Clough. “A very strong organizing committee is looking forward to host an outstanding, memorable event for both spectators and participants. All games will be webcast and play by play lead Jake Elliot will be on hand to announce most games during the week. The recently renovated Poirier Recreation and Leisure Center is the perfect venue for this event; it is also home of The Coquitlam Adanacs from the WLA and the 2010 Minto Cup was also played here .
The OLA’s St. Catharines Saints won the 2013 Presidents Cup after having finished third and then second in the two previous years, in both of which the tournament was won by the St. Regis Braves from the Three Nations Lacrosse League.
It’s long been talked about that the Western Lacrosse Association is in quite the slump when it comes to the Mann Cup. To be clear, the west hasn’t won a national championships since the 2005 Victoria Shamrocks defeated the Peterborough Lakers in six games. Since then, the Major Series Lacrosse loop has gone on a tear, winning seven straight Manns.
Every year–more specifically, every odd year when the Mann Cup is out west–people begin the talk that this will be the year that the slump ends. Well, the four teams remaining to kick off the WLA post season all have high hopes of lifting the 112-year-old trophy come mid-September. For one of Langley, Victoria, Burnaby and Coquitlam it’s going to take twelve wins to secure a Mann Cup–ironically not one of those teams won twelve games this year.
The playoffs get going tonight on the Island as Victoria welcomes Burnaby to Bear Mountain and then Thursday the Thunder and Adanacs square off in the two best of seven series for the chance to play for the west crown. Let the fun begin as we’re just over a month away from the start of the Mann Cup. So sit back and enjoy some incredible lacrosse.
With the first round of games in the books, the BC Jr A loop’s semifinals are already underway and the battles for the final two and the only two spots that will represent BC at the 2013 Minto Cup is heating up. Both Victoria and Langley swept through their best of three series with Delta and Port Coquitlam with ease but will face much stiffer competition in the second round. Victoria will take on the first-place Coquitlam Adanacs while Langley already trails New Westminster 1-0 in the best-of-five series with Game 2 tonight (Thursday). The Adanacs and Shamrocks won’t get underway until this weekend, where they’ll play Saturday and Sunday but then will have to wait till the following Saturday for Game 3. READ MORE »
All seven teams in the Western Lacrosse Association are still alive as we round the final quarter pole of this sprint to the finish. Langley and Victoria still stand atop the mountain, however the two teams are painting different landscapes as everyone battles for the right to host the 2013 Mann Cup. Langley has won three straight and is looking much like the team that has won the past two WLA titles. Conversely, the Shamrocks seem to be struggling with the newest additions and play a perfect Jekyll and Hyde. They will play smash mouth lacrosse Friday night in Victoria, which could be a WLA finals preview and will be a great measuring stick for both teams. READ MORE »
Round 2: FIGHT! The second season is upon us and we’re now down to six teams battling it out for two spots with a Minto Cup berth awaiting them. The Adanacs and Bellies finished 1-2 in the standings and will enjoy a little rest before beginning the post-season race while four teams–Langley, Victoria, Delta and Poco–will battle in out in the opening round best of threes.
The 2013 season will be the tale of the four groups. The “nots”- Burnaby and Nanaimo; the “not bad”- Poco; the “almost there” – Langley , Victoria and Delta; and the “cream of the crop”- Coquitlam and New West. It was that defined during the end of the regular sseason. But that can all be thrown out as we start the playoffs.
If you make it to the league finals, you’re off to the Minto. If not…well, enjoy the cheeseburgers at Queens Park. Let the fun begin, it’s playoff time! READ MORE »
Well that wasn’t exactly what we expected at the trade deadline was it?!! The Langley Thunder load up even more as they add six players (three transfers from back east and three via deadline deals) and the Adanacs start the rebuild. Rosters are now set and some look completely different than they did this time last week. However, change isn’t always a good thing as the Shamrocks added a top level D guy but then fell to the streaking Lakers. The wild and crazy WLA just got insane and unreal in the blink of an eye and it’s anyone’s guess as to who is going to come out on top. The Thunder look to be the favourites now with the additions they’ve made but can the Burrards, Shamrocks and even the Lakers keep pace? How will the new-look, scaled-down Adanacs fare, can the T-Men make a late push and will the Bellies make any noise down the homestretch? Good luck trying to figure anything out this year. READ MORE »
BCJALL Power Rankings: Trade deadline wheeling and dealing leading up to the final week of the season
Just like in the Sr loop out west, there was some serious moving and shaking going on at the BCJALL trade deadline. The busiest teams were the Coquitlam Adanacs, Delta Islanders and New Westminster Salmonbellies as teams try to make that final adjustment heading into the playoffs. Unfortunately, the moves can’t always appease everyone and when the Islanders shipped off Cody Nass and Eli McLaughlin to the Bellies there was some serious fallout on twitter from the Islander players.
Lacrosse is a business and when you’re in the business you have to do what you think is right for your team. Too many times, though, especially at the younger ages, the players don’t always see it the same way as the GMs do.
As we enter the final week of play out west, the only things we know for sure are that Coquitlam will get a first round bye, Port Coquitlam will finish sixth while Nanaimo and Burnaby will miss the post-season all together. READ MORE »
If you have a spare $3, take some time to go back and watch the Victoria versus Maple Ridge game from Sunday. Not only was it a fantastic back and forth game, it was just another display of excellence from the best indoor player on the planet, Curtis Dickson. Going 4-4 after not scoring a single goal in his last game just solidifies his grasp on that title. The Western Lacrosse Association has rounded the halfway pole, teams continuing to jockey for position and with the steady stream of big name players coming in and out the lineups, there is literally no way to predict what is going to happen out West. Adding to the fantastic play by the boys on the floor, the news of the NLL’s return to the lower mainland should really propel the game to the forefront of everyone’s minds as we get set for the 2013 Mann Cup. READ MORE »