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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There’s been an off-season trade in the Western Lacrosse Association. The Coquitlam Adanacs have acquired Jaeden Gastaldo from the Maple Ridge Burrards in exchange for Travis Irving and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 WLA draft, according to the WLA’s web site. Gastaldo was a second-round pick by the Burrards in the 2013 draft and posted five points in 17 games with Maple Ridge as a rookie. The transition player also had a strong freshman season with the Colorado Mammoth of the National Lacrosse League. Irving was selected by Coquitlam in the second round of the 2012 draft and has played a total of 25 games for the Adanacs in two seasons. Coquitlam finished fourth in the league in 2013 before falling to Langley in the opening round of the playoffs. Maple Ridge had a tremendous start to the season before faltering down the stretch to miss out on the post-season.
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 »
The Peterborough Lakers have been in this situation before. Backs against the wall, looking like they’re in trouble and having a hard time finding their game. And just like they’ve done many times before, they came out firing and won a critical playoff lacrosse game to keep their playoff run from going onto life support. Last night it was an 11-3 victory over the Brooklin Redmen that pulled them within 2-1 in the Major Series Lacrosse semi finals. And after struggling at times all over the floor in the first two games, Peterborough controlled pretty much all phases of Game 3. 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.
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 »
The Peterborough Junior Lakers did it again, and now they have a date with the Six Nations Arrows. While it wasn’t as dramatic as the night before, the Lakers pulled off another come-from-behind win to take their OLA Jr A quarter final series 3-2 over the Burlington Chiefs. This time, the score was 11-10 in regulation time, with the Lakers getting the last two goals from Turner Evans and Dan Michel.
Friday night, Evans scored a beautiful goal with three and a half minutes to play in regulation on a Riley Quinlan pass that travelled half the length of the floor on a rope and hit him in stride to tie the score 6-6 and force overtime. Then the real excitement began. Patrick Corbett scored just 10 seconds into the extra frame and the Chiefs added a couple more to take a 9-7 lead with 2:39 to play. 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 »
The Six Nations Chiefs ran their undefeated streak to 10 games (9-0-1) and their lead atop Major Series Lacrosse to five points with a 10-6 win over the Brooklin Redmen Saturday night. The first period made all the difference as the Chiefs outscored Brooklin 6-0 to establish a lead that the Redmen just couldn’t overcome. Kedoh Hill and Colin Doyle each scored twice and added an assist to lead the Six Nations attack. Six different players scored for Brooklin, with Derek Hopcroft registering 3 assists.
In the Western Lacrosse Association, the Victoria Shamrocks regained first place for at least one day when they downed the Coquitlam Adanacs 13-9 behind Scott Ranger’s 4-goal night and 6-point efforts from Rhys Duch (2g, 4a) and Corey Small (1g, 5a). The win gives Victoria a two-point lead over Langley for first place, but the Thunder have a chance to knot things up again when they face Maple Ridge tonight. Daryl Veltman was the top gunner for the Adanacs with a hat trick and an assist. 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 »