BC U-18’s bring home the Silver from the Canadian Nationals

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The Team B.C. U-18 Field Lacrosse Team is coached by Head Coach Ian Poole and Assistant Coach Ian Radonich, BCLA  (British Columbia Lacrosse Association) Field Lacrosse Technical Director Rey Comeault, and managed by Fred Lachlan. On the field the team is led by captains Parker Johnson, Matthieu Jung, Connor Evers and Clark Walter. This past weekend the team travelled to the Canadian National U-18 Field Lacrosse Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gone are the days where the team would meet in Vancouver and all travel together as many of the high school graduates flew in separately after already spending a week at their respective college in the U.S.  

 

Although these boys are from all over the province and many play against each other in regular club play the players have a bond and it showed.  This year the bond was strengthened when they lost a very integral part of their team –goalie Cole Marsh.  Cole lost his life as a result of a tragic accident in Lyn Canyon in North Vancouver this past spring just a few months after the team participated in a tournament outside of San Diego in Del Mar California. Cole’s memory served as an inspiration to the team at this years nationals. The BCLA (British Columbia Lacrosse Association) honoured him by having the initials “CM” sublimated into both the U-15 & the U-18’s game jerseys. The coaching staff, players and parents welcomed with open arms Cole’s parents Ken and Maureen who attended and cheered on the boys throughout the tournament.

 

Their first game of the round robin was against Ontario who has always been the stiffest competition for B.C. but B.C. racked up their first win with a victorious final score of 10-6.

 

Game two saw B.C. take on last year’s host province Nova Scotia where B.C. walked away with a 23-0 win.

 

Day two of the competition had B.C. matched up against Manitoba (23-0 BC win) and Saskatchewan (18-3 BC win).  The opposing teams parents were gracious about the defeats and were pleased that their boys were there and that the sport was growing in Canada.

Team BC Field Lacrosse1

Day three had B.C. taking on Team Alberta.  It was a rainy and blustery morning and after enduring several lightening delays Team B.C. was victorious with a final score of 15-2.  

 

The final game of the tournament and the gold medal game had undefeated Team B.C. pitted against Team Ontario who had one loss (B.C.).

 

Team Ontario scored first. It was the first time throughout the Nationals that Team B.C. wasn’t the first team to put the ball into the back of the net against their opponent.  By the end of the first quarter Ontario was up by a score of 4-1.

The half time score told the story of a hungry B.C. team coming back one goal at a time with a 7-6 score for Ontario and B.C. was back in the game. The Teams were tied at one point but the final score was 11-8 for Team Ontario over Team B.C.

During the medal ceremony the Captains of Team B.C. presented Cole’s dad Ken with a tournament shirt that had been signed by all of the coaching staff and players as well as a silver medal.

The boys didn’t bring home the gold this time but they came home with many memories and friendships for life.

Team BC 2016 Roster

Kyle Bailuk Ridge Meadows

Brayden Brown Victoria

William Clayton Ridge Meadows

Ryan Dergousoff Kamloops

Joel Edgar Pt. Coquitlam

Connor Evers Ridge Meadows

Nathan Faccin Ridge Meadows

Brett Ginac Pt. Coquitlam

Wilson Gurney Pacific Rim

Parker Johnson New Westminster

Mathieu Jung Mid Island

Nathaniel Kozevnikov Langley

Colton Lidstone Mid Island

Liam MacDonald New Westminster

Liam MacIntosh Richmond

Cole Marsh Adanacs

Nathan McKeigan Langley

Caleb Pearson Langley

Kordell Primus Nanaimo

Cameron Way Pt. Coquitlam

Drew Bannister Shuswap

Benjamin Davies Surrey

Brenden Symons Mission

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