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 »
While the National Lacrosse League is a few weeks away from kicking off, other teams and leagues continue to make waves and late Wednesday night was no different. After sitting out most of the 2013 season to weigh his lacrosse options, Tyler Richards now finds himself with a new home for the 2014 Western Lacrosse Association season and beyond. The 27-year-old Coquitlam, BC native has spent his entire WLA career with the New Westminster Salmonbellies but will now head on over the bog and join the Burnaby Lakers.
WLA Commissioner Casey Cook confirmed on twitter tonight that the long-time rivals had completed a trade for the two-time WLA goalie of the year and all-star in exchange for two first round picks coming in 2014 and 2015. Richards, who was getting in a workout with the Vancouver Stealth, was very appreciative of the opportunity afforded to him by the Salmonbellies upon hearing of the trade. READ MORE »
The St. Catharines Saints are heading to their third straight Presidents Cup after sweeping aside the Six Nations Rivermen 3-0 in the Ontario Senior B finals, finishing the series off with a 10-9 come-from-behind win in St. Catharines last night. The Saints, in their third year in the OLA Sr B league, won their third straight league championship. They have won bronze and silver medals at the Presidents Cup the last two years and are now hoping to complete their climb up the podium at the tournament in Kahnawake, Quebec starting August 26.
Out west, the Langley Thunder completed a sweep of the Coquitlam Adanacs in the Western Lacrosse Association semi finals with an 11-9 win in Coquitlam. The powerful Thunder lineup is coming together as the playoffs progress and they are also hoping to take one step further up the ladder of Canadian lacrosse rankings. Langley lost to the Peterborough Lakers four games to two in last year’s Mann Cup in Peterborough. They’ve pulled together a remarkable lineup with the goal of winning the west’s first Mann Cup since the Victoria Shamrocks in 2005. Langley is likely to face the Shamrocks in the WLA finals, as Victoria holds a 3-0 lead over the Burnaby Lakers in the other semi final. READ MORE »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
The boys of summer play lacrosse, the men of summer player lacrosse. So welcome to the man’s summer. The Western Lacrosse Association is heating up and it’s only going to get better. Three goalies look to make some noise starting this week as Matt Vinc, Tyler Richards and Nick Rose all look to get back into the line-ups this week for their respective teams.
There are no easy games left as the seven teams round the mid-way pole and make the turn for home. While the Victoria Shamrocks sit atop the standings they are far from in the clear as the other six squads will be gunning for them. READ MORE »
It might be time for everyone to start paying attention to the races in the WLA this year cause it’s an incredible battle. No team has yet to take a strangle hold on the standings and every game is up for grabs as we continue to see teams carousel their victories. Fantastic match-up Friday night as the Shamrocks host the Burrards in the game of the week and if it is anything like the last time these two played it will be a frantic back and forth game that will have the Bear Mountain crowd on edge the entire game.
We’re still awaiting the WLA debut of Ben MacIntosh with the Burrards and that can only mean good things for that franchise as they look to continue flexing their muscle as a top team in the entire country. READ MORE »