Mid-Island Lightning Take U12 Field Lacrosse Gold

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Jason Gallaugher

Mid-Island Lightning Take U12 Field Lacrosse Team (Photo Jason Gallaugher)

(ISN) – The 2015 Subway Provincials Field Lacrosse Championships took place this past weekend in Burnaby B.C. at the Burnaby Lake West Sports Complex. The Mid-Island U12 T2 team qualified for the championships by taking the Island title on February 1 over Nanaimo.

The round robin got underway with Mid-Island taking the field against Adanacs #2, with Mid-Island taking the win 7 – 2. The team followed up with a 8-3 win over Mission in their second game,

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(Photo Jason Gallaugher)

The final round robin game was Saturday afternoon against Ridge Meadows #3 who were also undefeated. Ridge meadows scored early and were ahead 5-0 at halftime, but the Lightning came back to make it 5-4 late in the game. With 27 seconds left the coaching staff (Bill Sanderson, Les Thibedeau, & Lucas Rankin) called a time out. The game resumed with Mid-Island getting the ball from their own end all the way to the Ridge Meadows goal where Dawson Thibedeau put in the tying goal with 2 seconds left to play.

The quarter-finals saw Mid-Island face Ridge Meadows #2, who had gone undefeated in the round robin portion, and let their league with a 13-1 record. Mid-Island was able to pull ahead early and build their lead to an eventual 7-3 win, which put them in the finals.

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(Photo Jason Gallaugher)

The finals saw Mid-Island taking on the very same Ridge Meadows #3 team they tied in the final round robin game. The Lightning came on strong, getting a 4-0 lead with goals from Brandon Carlson (1), Cameron Lumb (2) & Patrick Wong (1). Ridge Meadows came back with 2 goals, but thanks to a strong defensive effort by the team, and goaltending from Devyn Zunti they were able to hold on to the lead and bring home the provincial championship

This capped off a great season for the team, winning the Island Championship, and becoming the only Vancouver Island team to win gold at the BC Provincials this year. The coaching staff were especially proud of the team that had players as young as 9 years old as well as a number who had never played lacrosse before, along with players who had been on the team for several years. The coaches were able to get the new players, and the more experienced veterans of team to gel and work together to earn their championship.

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