The rest of the Western Lacrosse Association regular season for 2014 is but a formality, and the top 4 teams are getting ready for the playoffs. The Victoria Shamrocks locked up the No. 1 seed a while back, but the field wasn’t set until this past weekend with New Westminster’s win over Coquitlam on Saturday pretty much determining what we’ll see in the postseason. As such, the rest of the field shapes up with Burnaby at No. 2, Maple Ridge at No. 3 and New West at No. 4. The schedule for the semifinal rounds have been established so to help you make your travel plans for the games you know you can’t resist attending, make the jump and check out the finalized playoff schedule for 2014. READ MORE »
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With just a couple weeks remaining in the Western Lacrosse Association’s regular season, things are really starting to heat up in the standings. Victoria has clinched a play-off berth and with a win over Langley will clinch the top spot over-all and home-floor throughout the western play-offs. But after that it’s anyone’s guess. Five points separates second from fourth while three points separate fourth from seventh.
With every game a team can jump or drop in the standings so from here on out, wins are crucial but so is staying healthy. Burnaby has been without Matt Beers since the early stages of the year and you have to think they could be a few more wins better than the seven they currently have if they had the young rugged defender in the lineup every game. It’s time to strap on the foil and get ready to go to war cause this is the time when the real season begins. The push for the post season is underway and it all starts Wednesday night in Langley. READ MORE »
While the Victoria Shamrocks extend their lead in the Western Lacrosse Association standings, the Maple Ridge Burrards and the rest of the clubs try to keep pace. Just five points separates 3rd from 7th so there is still plenty to play for with only three weeks remaining in the regular season. For now though we are seeing some fantastic performances and even better lacrosse played out west.
It’s becoming very evident that no game is guaranteed in the league as we’ve seen games that should be locks go completely side-ways and others that turn into instant classics. Only two players from BC teams will represent Canada at the Wold Field Championships in Denver so it will full steam ahead for all seven clubs as we get close and closer to the post-season. Victoria has a a seven point spread over second place Maple Ridge and they don’t look like they want to give that lead up anytime soon. The question is, who’s going to be there when the dust settles on August 1st.
The WLA trade deadline came and went and there wasn’t even a blip on the radar. One GM went so far as to say that no deals being made was “brutal” and that it “gets worse every year” with fewer and fewer trades. Teams out east constantly load up the front runners while teams out west sit back and beat each other up for three months and hope one team has a lucky four game win streak come Mann Cup time.
So with no real movement to speak of, the teams will now have to make due with what they have and find the right mix to make that run to the big dance. The Shamrocks had a tough week and finally tasted defeat on Saturday but as much as everyone wants an undefeated season, the sentiment on the team bus after was the lose was exactly what they needed. It’s still tight in the middle of the pack which will give us a very exciting July leading to the post-season. READ MORE »
WLA Power Rankings: Shamrocks maintain lead and add depth while the rest of the league tries to keep pace
The rich are getting richer out west as the Eastern transfer window gets set to close Thursday June 26th. The Victoria Shamrocks added Buffalo and Kitchener-Waterloo two way dynamo Dhane Smith Tuesday afternoon, giving them another young weapon on a roster that’s top of the table half-way through the year. There could be some more moves by western teams as the deadline looms as does the WLA trade deadline. There are some rumours floating around of a couple players that could be changing jerseys in the coming days.
However as we move through the season, the other six clubs are fixated with catching the Shamrocks while not losing ground to the others in the battle for the top four continues. We’ve some incredible defensive efforts this week including a few goalies putting on some spectacular performances as they do all they can to limit the damage in hopes of spurring on their club. Three teams are tied for second place while Nanaimo, New Westminster and Coquitlam try and get back into the hunt. Just six games out west this week so check out the rankings and be sure to keep up to date on all the action right here on IL Indoor. READ MORE »
Victoria, BC – The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce today that they have acquired the rights to Dhane Smith from the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks of Major Series Lacrosse in a transfer for the remainder of 2014 with an option to extend through 2015.
A six-foot-three, 200-pound forward/transition, Smith comes to the green and white as one of the most highly sought-after players in the game. In his first full-season at the senior ‘A’ level, Smith has showcased himself as one of lacrosse’s top young, dynamic players with a dangerous combination of speed and skill. In 2012, he was selected fifth-overall by the Buffalo Bandits in the National Lacrosse League Draft.
“I would consider him to be one of the best, if not the best up-and-coming player in the game today,” explained Victoria attacker Corey Small. “He is one of the most athletic players in the NLL with an unbelievable combination of size, speed and skill which allows him to be an impact player on offence, defence or in transition.” READ MORE »
As the seven Western Lacrosse Association squads near the midway point of the 2014 season, there’s not much to separate between the middle of the pack. The Victoria Shamrocks are hitting their stride as the other clubs to try to keep pace all while we race toward the July 1 trade deadline. It’s not expected to see much movement between clubs but it wouldn’t be surprising if there were a few swaps of players or picks. That said, there won’t be much in the way of high level talent on the move. There’s a weird air around the WLA this summer as teams sit tight on their rosters knowing teams out east are stocking up. That’s not to say that the West has given up or isn’t trying, but these are the ebbs and flows of swapping Mann Cup years. READ MORE »
According to the Peterborough Examiner, Major Series Lacrosse has handed out a very stiff ruling on the league leading Peterborough Lakers for allowing Scott Evans to play in their first four games of the year while he was still suspended. During the final game of the Lakers 2013 MSL semi-final series with the Brooklin Redmen, Lakers forward Scott Evans was issued a one game suspension for his involvement in a fight at the end of the game with Redmen defender Steve Priolo. Because that game was the Lakers final game of the year, Evans was due to serve his suspension at the start of this year however, that never happened. READ MORE »
Out west things are starting to get interesting in the Western Lacrosse Association as we near the opening third of the season. The Victoria Shamrocks remain undefeated and atop the rankings for the third straight week as they continue their run for back to back Mann Cup appearances after missing the big dance for six straight years. The Shamrocks aren’t the only hot team going right now as the Langley Thunder have bounced back from an 0-3 start to get back to .500 and it’s neck and neck through the middle of the pack. READ MORE »
Consistency is the word of the week for the Western Lacrosse Association teams and players after two full weeks of games. It’s a long drawn out season for these guys and there’s no doubt that there is and will be some rust, growing pains and tired legs as the season rages on. For general managers and coaches alike, finding the right mix is crucial to ensure their team is on the right path come play-offs. But that’s a long ways away for now and right now, teams are just trying to juggle rosters as best they can and fill holes with whom they can.
There wasn’t much movement in the power-rankings this week, although we’re sure to hear from a few disgruntled fans/players/personnel about how we rate the seven WLA teams. In such a highly competitive league this year, it will be tough to predict winners and even tougher to pick who will come out on top at the end. So enjoy the games everyone cause it’s going to be a great week of lacrosse out in BC. READ MORE »