Chris Wardle showed this summer that he’s got some pretty nice touch around the net. He popped in 46 goals with the Victoria Shamrocks, good for third in the BC Jr A league. He also added 44 assists for a 90-point total. Those numbers led to him being selected by the Vancouver Stealth in the National Lacrosse League draft. As with all of the young players trying to crack NLL lineups in this age of nine deeply talented teams, he’ll be hard pressed to actually make the Stealth’s roster. But he’s excited about having been drafted and looking forward to the opportunity to go to training camp. And he’s not lacking for confidence. “The jump to the NLL is going to be a big adjustment and it’s going to take some time,” Wardle told the Langley Advance. “However, I feel that I am ready.” It may help that he’s had at least a taste of top-level competition. The forward got into a Western Lacrosse Association playoff game, suiting up for the senior Shamrocks in the WLA finals against the Langley Thunder. “Playing in the WLA playoffs was a great experience,” Wardle said. “It gave me a bit of experience playing with bigger guys and at a faster pace game, which I believe will help me with the adjustment to the NLL.”
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It’s been said before that a picture is worth 1,000 words. With that in mind, we’ve got a few pictures lined up here from the 2013 Mann Cup, courtesy of photographer Kevin Light. This year’s tournament in Victoria, B.C., featured all you would expect from a pair of league champs: great lacrosse, heightened emotion and vocal fan support. But in the end, there can be only 1 champ and this year, it was the Six Nations Chiefs. The Cup is back at Six Nations for the first time since 1996 and until someone can bring the Chiefs down, there’s no disputing that they are kings of the lacrosse world. READ MORE »
IL Indoor had a pair of writers at the 2013 Mann Cup in Teddy Jenner and myself. We put our heads together and have produced the Mann Cup All-Star team. The team consists of three forwards, two defenders and a goalie, as all-star teams are wont to do. Given the low scores of the early games and the outstanding play of both defences, though, when we first discussed our early candidates for the team, there were actually three defence/transition players and just two forwards. But as you’ll see, another forward basically forced his way onto the team with a series-altering performance at the games progressed. So make the jump to see exactly who made the team and why. READ MORE »
The closer you get, the more it hurts. That’s where the Victoria Shamrocks find themselves today after losing the Mann Cup series to the Six Nations Chiefs. Adding to that hurt is losing the tournament in 6 games in their own barn. “There’s nothing worse than seeing the Mann Cup presented in your own arena and you’re not the team,” coach Bob Heyes told The Victoria News. So what to do? Channel the motivation, says the coach, and make sure it doesn’t happen again. “We were 10 minutes from Game 7, where all of a sudden it’s a winner-take-all game. The atmosphere was electric and would have been over the top, I think we definitely would have come out the winners,” said Heyes. “Now we want to do something we haven’t done in a long time, go out east and win it.”
Another Mann Cup is come and gone and today, the Six Nations Chiefs are celebrating. The Victoria Shamrocks, meanwhile, are wondering what might have been. It was a refreshing tournament for a variety of reasons, tops among them being the chance to see some new teams play for Canada’s top lacrosse prize. And though these teams were new, in a manner of speaking, the lacrosse was superb. Six Nations won the Cup in 6 games, its first title since 1996. The Shamrocks haven’t won the Mann since 2005 and they’ll have to wait until at least next summer to end that drought. But as the dust settles from the 2013 edition, let’s have a look at who is saying what as box lacrosse heads into its quiet season. READ MORE »
The Six Nations Chiefs are Mann Cup champions for the first time since 1996. Six Nations scored the only 4 goals of the third period to pull away from the Victoria Shamrocks for an 8-5 win, giving them the series 4-2. Cody Jamieson had another big night, scoring 2 goals and 4 assists. He led the series in goals (12), assists (16) and points (28) and was presented with a well-deserved Mike Kelly Award for Mann Cup MVP. Kasey Beirnes contributed a hat trick. He opened the scoring when he finally connected on a quick stick after not quite finding the timing in the series. The goal came from the slot on a pass from Colin Doyle. Jamieson buried an outside shot through a screen to make it 2-0 for the Chiefs before the Shamrocks fought back with a pair from Cory Conway to make it 2-2 after the first period. READ MORE »
Mann Cup: Doyle puts the ball in the net, keeps the ball out of the net as Six Nations Chiefs take 3-2 lead
Colin Doyle had a goal and 2 assists as the Six Nations Chiefs downed the Victoria Shamrocks 11-7 to take a 3-2 lead in the Mann Cup finals. The three points moved him past Josh Sanderson and Bill Wilson into sixth place in all-time Mann Cup scoring. And oh yeah, he played goalie as well. That’s right, Doyle played the final 11:04 in net after both of the Chiefs regular goalies were ejected for illegal equipment. He allowed 3 goals but made enough saves (6 in total) for the Chiefs to hang on and win.
Asked if he’d ever played goal before, Doyle responded “Monday night oldtimers in Kitchener in my hometown. But the pace of the shots was a little bit different. I was a little stressed out in there but the guys, [Stephen] Keogh and the guys really did something special to go get me a couple more and alleviate the load a bit. Having a couple burn by me there made me a little nervous. But I’m so proud of the guys tonight, they really fought hard.” READ MORE »
The Six Nations Chiefs that dominated Major Series Lacrosse throughout the regular season and playoffs finally showed up at the Mann Cup championships, although there was one significant difference. Brandon Miller, who came on in relief of Evan Kirk in Game 3, got the start and was brilliant in Game 4, turning aside 47 of the 50 shots he faced to lead the Chiefs to an 8-3 win over the Victoria Shamrocks, tying the series 2-2.
Cody Jamieson led the Chiefs with a hat trick, Stephen Keogh added 2 goals and an assist and Colin Doyle had a goal and 3 assists. The 4 points give Doyle 11 for the series and 113 in his Mann Cup career, tying him for seventh in all-time Mann Cup scoring with Josh Sanderson. Rhys Duch and Jeff Shattler each had a goal and as assist for Victoria. READ MORE »
The Victoria Shamrocks took it to the Six Nations Chiefs in the opening period and made their 6-1 lead after the first 20 minutes stand up for an 8-6 win and a 2-1 lead in the Mann Cup championship series. Cory Conway ripped it up in the first period, finding the back of the net three times. All three came in the set offence as the Shamrocks found ways to create more time and space for their shooters than they had so far in the series. Conway connected twice from the high slot and once from the shooter spot. Karsen Leung buried Victoria’s sixth goal of the period in transition as the Shamrocks raced down the floor while a delayed penalty was waiting to be called. The only response for the Chiefs in the first period was Kasey Beirnes‘ first goal of the series. Evan Kirk was pulled from the Six Nations net after giving up Victoria’s fifth goal of the game and was replaced by Brandon Miller. READ MORE »
Cody Jamieson didn’t like the goalie interference call he received in the third period of the second game of the 2013 Mann Cup. But the Six Nations Chiefs star forward didn’t get mad, he got even. Jamieson emerged from the penalty box, took a pass from Stephen Keogh and buried a bounce shot from outside for the winning goal as the Chiefs beat the Victoria Shamrocks 10-8 to even the series at 1-1.
Jamieson scored 2 goals and 3 assists on the evening, but the difference maker for Six Nations may have been young forward Kedoh Hill, who had been a healthy scratch for much of the Major Series Lacrosse playoffs and Game 1 of the Mann, but who drew into the lineup when Billy Dee Smith was unable to play after aggravating a hamstring injury.