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WLA Draft preview: Talent is deep on both sides of ball, so who goes with No. 1 pick?

If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
If Jesse King's Junior numbers weren't impressive enough, his Mann Cup performance was. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

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 »


OTCB Podcast: A cavalier both on and off floor, Dane Stevens a man of many talents

Dane Stevens
Dane Stevens

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 »


WLA: Bellies trade Richards to Lakers for 2 first round picks

Tyler Richards went to three Mann Cups with New Westminster, including 2010 in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)
Tyler Richards went to three Mann Cups with New Westminster, including 2010 in Peterborough. (Photo: Tim Prothero)

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 »


New Westminster says trading Alex, Ilija Gajic was ‘a very hard decision to make’

Ilija Gajic made 3 trips to the Mann Cup with New West, but he'll play for Burnaby next summer. (Photo: Dan Brodie)
Ilija Gajic made 3 trips to the Mann Cup with New West, but he'll play for Burnaby next summer. (Photo: Dan Brodie)

It started in 2007 for Ilija and 2010 for Alex. But for these 2 Gajic brothers, their time with the New Westminster Salmonbellies ended this week with Thursday’s announcement that the ‘Bellies traded the brothers to the Burnaby Lakers. The ‘Bellies get Colton Clark and a second-round pick in next year’s Western Lacrosse Association draft, but they’re also getting the stomachache that comes with balancing what’s best for the team and what’s best for the players who have done so much for that team. “The guys in the room had ample chance the past three or four years,” New West GM Dan Richardson told The Province. “They didn’t get it done. We needed to change the make-up in the room. It was a very, very hard decision to make. We just have to change the ways we are doing things. It’s nothing against Ilija or Alex. They’re great players, great people, they come from a great family. This is business.” READ MORE »


WLA trade: Ilija and Alex Gajic head to Burnaby; Colton Clark to New Westminster

Ilija Gajic
Ilija Gajic

It’s the end of an era for the New Westminster Salmonbellies. The Bellies have traded away Ilija and Alex Gajic, marking a major break with the roster that had helped them to three straight Western Lacrosse Association titles from 2008-2010. The Bellies, though, have missed the playoffs the last two years and obviously felt it was time for some change. The Gajics, along with New West’s third-round pick, 16th overall, in the 2014 WLA Draft, are headed to the Burnaby Lakers. In return, the Lakers send New Westminster righty forward Colton Clark and their second-round pick, 12th overall, in the 2014 draft.

Clark, 24, was fourth on the Lakers in scoring in 2013 with 13 goals and 24 assists for 37 points in 17 games. Over three WLA seasons, his numbers are 49/82/131 in 47 games. READ MORE »


Last night: Warriors force seventh game in OLA Jr A finals with huge third period

Stefan Diachenko and the Whitby Warriors are fired up about forcing a seventh game in their OLA finals with Six Nations. (Photo: Ward Laforme, Jr.)
Stefan Diachenko and the Whitby Warriors are fired up about forcing a seventh game in their OLA finals with Six Nations. (Photo: Ward Laforme, Jr.)

The Whitby Warriors entered the third period of Game 6 of their Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A final series on the verge of elimination, trailing the Six Nations Arrows 3-2 in the series and 6-4 in the game. They exited the period with a 15-11 win, a Game 7 in the offing and all the momentum in their favour. If you already did the math, you’ve realized that means the Warriors scored an incredible 11 goals in the third period to earn the win.

The swing in fortunes showed just how fickle momentum can be. Six Nations had taken the lead by scoring 3 goals in the final 2:21 of the second period, including one by Josh Johnson with just three seconds to play. But Whitby turned the tide by scoring twice in the first minute of the third and five times by the 3:29 mark. Still, the Arrows didn’t go away and Whitby led by just 1 goal, 11-10, when Randy Staats scored his fourth goal of the game for Six Nations at the 8:02 mark. READ MORE »


Last night: Shamrocks edge Lakers 12-11


Special teams often make the difference in a lacrosse game, but it’s not often that the team giving up 11 power plays takes advantage of those situations for the difference-making goals. That was the case in Burnaby Wednesday night, though. The Victoria Shamrocks surrendered 3 goals to the Lakers on 11 power plays, but they scored 4 shorthanded markers to help them prevail, taking a 2-0 lead in the Western Lacrosse Association semi finals in the process.

Victoria trailed 6-4 after the first period and 8-7 after the second, then Robert Church scored to extend Burnaby’s lead to 2 goals. But the Shamrocks got the next 5 goals, including shorthanders from Jeff Shattler and Jesse King, to produce what would be the winning total of 12 on the night. Church and Jason Jones scored for Burnaby with goalie Dan Lewis pulled for the extra attacker in the final two minutes, but the Lakers couldn’t squeeze one more past Matt Vinc to force overtime. READ MORE »


Last night: Six Nations Arrows take 15-12 overtime win over Whitby Warriors in OLA Jr A finals opener

Randy Staats scored 9 points to lead the Arrows to a Game 1 win over Whitby. (Photo: Ward Laforme, Jr.)
Randy Staats scored 9 points to lead the Arrows to a Game 1 win over Whitby. (Photo: Ward Laforme, Jr.)

The Six Nations Arrows scored the only 3 goals of the overtime period to take the first game of the Ontario Junior A lacrosse finals 15-12 over the Whitby Warriors behind 9-point nights from Randy Staats (4g, 5a) and Johnny Powless (3g, 6a). Staats scored what proved to be the winning goal 1:49 into the 10-minute overtime period and Josh Johnson and Shane Simpson added late markers for some insurance as the Arrows took the first step on what they hope is redemption after losing last year’s final to the eventual Minto Cup champion Orangeville Northmen.

Powless told the Brantford Expositor that he and his teammates are drawing on the experience they gained in losing last year’s final and watching the Orangemen celebrate on the Iroquois Lacrosse Association turf. Powless said the Arrows want to make sure there is a different result this year. Six Nations player Wenster Green added that, while they are also happy with how they played in a tough semi final series against the Peterborough Lakers, the Arrows are now thinking about nothing but the Warriors. ”We played really well as a team in the Peterborough series and need to do so again this series, but now that the series with Peterborough is done we have to put it behind us and focus on Whitby,” Green said. READ MORE »


Breaking down the WLA Playoffs


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.

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Last night: Adanacs deny Lakers second place as WLA regular season wraps up


Travis Cornwall had a 4-goal night including the game winner as the Coquitlam Adanacs downed Burnaby 13-12, denying the Lakers second place in the Western Lacrosse Association. Burnaby led 7-2 after the first period but the Adanacs had a huge second, outscoring Burnaby 10-2 with a pair of 4-goal runs and all 3 of their power play goals in the game. Burnaby worked their way back into a tie at 12-12 with the first 3 goals of the third period, but Cornwall won it for Coquitlam at 15:35. The loss means the Lakers finish third in the WLA and the Victoria Shamrocks will have home-floor advantage in the semi final series between the teams. Coquitlam, meanwhile, gains some momentum as they head into a semi against the first-place Langley Thunder. READ MORE »