In the past, the Philadelphia Wings have been labeled by some as “Team America” with their heavy rotation of U.S.-born players week in and week out. However this year may be a bit different with the 2014 FIL World Field Lacrosse Championships set to take place this summer in Denver. It’s been widely speculated that a few top end American players for the Wings will take the 2014 NLL season off in order to ensure they’re at their best to represent their country. So how does that sit with Wings GM Johnny Mouradian, who has been a key architect for the club over the past few seasons? “We are sticking with our U.S. player base procurement plan and feel there are a number of great U.S. players who are very capable of making the transition to indoor like Brett Manney, Joel White, Mike Manley, Kyle Sweeney and Chad Wiedmaier.” READ MORE »
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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 »
With just a few weeks remaining things are really heating up out west. That was nowhere more apparent than Tuesday’s game between the Adanacs and Thunder. What was a fairly tame game for most of the night was marred by nine game misconducts, a match penalty and a gross misconduct. There will obviously be some serious suspensions being handed down after Tuesday night’s events, but it just goes to show that these kids are putting it all on the line in hopes of repping BC at the Minto Cup. Burnaby fired their coach, Nanaimo got their second win, a rookie continues to lead the BCJ and how many points would Jessie King have if he played a full season? This week’s Power Rankings will get us set up for the final weeks of the the regular season and the top 6 teams that will make the post-season have been set. Now it’s just finding a final spot for them all.
The winds of change don’t like to stay long out west. Well actually they just never stop blowing so it seems like they’ve left after three weeks of Western Lacrosse Association action. Victoria stays atop the WLA Power Rankings but could’ve dropped a few spots just as the Burrards could have moved even higher had the Bellies not put their foot down. But in 2013 that’s just the way it goes out west. Former Victoria Shamrocks’ player Andrew Suitor, who’s sitting out this year rehabbing an NLL knee injury, went to twitter to give his two cents about the play out west: “@Suits20: Love how competitive the WLA is this year! high intensity and you can be held accountable! Figure it out ola! Leave our game alone #union?”
Now that’s not to say there isn’t some excellent ball being played out East, cause there is, but every game out west is a dog fight and not even a coin toss would decide things. Winning streaks came to an end while some were started but it all means that each game is as competitive as the last and the next one will be even better. READ MORE »
There’s no such thing as relegation in lacrosse but if there were, there would a clear line as to where it would be drawn. The top six teams are separated by just four points while the bottom two teams are sitting with just a single win each and are quickly losing sight of those above them. An obvious divide between the haves and the have-nots, but the fact that Port Coquitlam is keeping pace has to give hope to Nanaimo and Burnaby. But what we’re starting to see is that while the top six are beating up on the bottom two, they’re also taking turns taking a shot at one another. So as we head into the second half of the season it will be interesting to see if any team can pull away from the pack or if we’ll continue to see the dog fight through the summer. READ MORE »
1- Victoria Shamrocks (2) 4-0
Last Week: W 14-8 Burnaby,
This Week: W8-7 Langley, @ Maple Ridge
An early season clash of the titans Friday on the Island saw the Rocks come out on top of the Thunder to remain the only unbeaten team in the league. Victoria had Rhys Duchin the lineup last night making his return to the WLA. Only Matt Vinc has yet to make his presence felt this year out west. Chemistry hasn’t been an issue so far this year for the Rocks and their defense has stepped up nicely to complement a potent attack. Matt Flindell has been excellent between the pipes for the Rocks as he’s now 4-0 and has a stifling 7 GAA. READ MORE »
The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) Box Sector, comprising representatives from all Member Associations and Associate Member Associations and the CLA Board of Directors, which is composed of a director from each Member Association and the CLA Executive, convened over the past two days at the Semi-Annual General Meeting (SAGM) to discuss concerns made by some members about the safety of CSA approved masks used in the Junior and Senior divisions. After hearing the positions and concerns of all Member Associations and Associate Member Associations, an amendment to CLA Policy 12.4.2 has been passed. READ MORE »
As members of the Canadian Lacrosse Association continue to meet in Manitoba, associations across Canada are starting to take matters into their own hands to ensure their players’ safety and the Albertans are leading the way. In a memo obtained by IL Indoor, the Alberta Lacrosse Association has voted to institue a waiver that would allow players at both the Junior and Senior levels to go back to wearing their old face masks and not wear the newly mandated Gait or OTNY masks that so many players are concerned about. READ MORE »
How close is the 2013 B.C. Jr. A loop right now? If the New Westminster Salmonbellies hadn’t used an illegal player and weren’t forced to forfeit an early game versus Nanaimo, we’d have four teams all tied with 12 points and first through sixth separated by just four points. It’s going to be a dog fight every night out West and the local lacrosse fans are checking out some great games all over the lower mainland and the Island. The Minto Cup is out West (starting August 17) and to add some fuel to the fire, former Delta minor player, former Orangeville Northman Minto champ and current Victoria Shamrocks player Mitch Jones tweeted the following recently: “I’ve seen just about everything B.C. has to offer, going to be a three games series by a landslide #OLA” Well BCJALL teams, the challenge has been laid out in front of you … READ MORE »
If you’ve been paying attention to this website, the forums or social media you’re well aware of the situation going on in Canadian lacrosse involving the new mandated facemasks from the Canadian Lacrosse Association. Each week we are seeing more and more facial injuries, which many are blaming on the setup for the new cages, but the CLA feels it needs to further investigate the situation before making a final ruling on the cages. Members of the CLA met last week and instead of acting, it opted to go back behind closed doors to see if it can find another solution.
Meanwhile, players continue to be put into harm’s way while wearing these new cages and it might now be at a boiling point amongst the people who actually have to wear them. READ MORE »