With the first day of spring just one week away, it’s time that fans start digging out their green and white as the Shamrocks begin their 70th season anniversary and start their mission to claim their 10th Mann Cup in team history. Joining the Shamrocks for the ride this season are new draft picks Keegan Bell and Larson Sundown, both of whom were selected at the 2019 WLA Junior Draft in February.
Bell was selected 6th overall from by the Shamrocks and will be slotted in at the forward position. Bell was asked on if he was excited to play in Victoria next year and the Tusculum University athlete said he is thrilled to be a part of Shamrocks Nation next year.
“How can you not be (excited)?” said Bell, “(The Shamrocks) are one of the most historic teams in the WLA and I’m greatly appreciative to be a part of it.”
A native of Port Coquitlam, Keegan’s father Bob is a former player for New West and Coquitlam. Growing up as a kid, it wasn’t just his father that made him interested in lacrosse but a current member of the Victoria Shamrocks did as well.
“I use to watch Rhys Duch play growing up. He is phenomenal. I am excited to get the opportunity to play with him. It should be great.”
In the 2nd round, the Shamrocks snagged Larson Sundown from Basom, New York, a small community 30 minutes east of Buffalo. Sundown was a member of the 2018 Minto Cup winning Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs. scoring 54 points in 16 postseason games. He also played lacrosse for the Six Nations Warriors and is ready to go for the Shamrocks this season.
“I am fortunate for the opportunity to pay for this team. We don’t have a Junior A team here (in Basom) so it’s going to be a great experience.”
Sundown went on to discuss how with no Junior A lacrosse in Basom, he would try to find lacrosse highlights and search them up, especially with the Shamrocks playing.
“If we weren’t playing lacrosse, we’d be online trying to get watch whatever we could. We’d search it up on Youtube and hope that there was something available, maybe even with Victoria.”