The Burrards bench celebrates as time runs out and they hang on to a 10-9 victory over the Victoria Shamrocks on Friday night.

Maple Ridge Burrards win first-ever WLA championship, on to Mann Cup

The Maple Ridge Burrards won their first-ever WLA championship and their first trip to the Mann Cup on Friday night.

The Maple Ridge Burrards won their first-ever WLA championship and their first trip to the Mann Cup on Friday night, when they beat the Victoria Shamrocks 10-9 in Game 6 of their best-of-seven series.

In front of a packed Cam Neely Arena, the Burrards earned their first-ever appearance in the Mann Cup Canadian lacrosse championship, when they dethroned last year’s champions. The Shamrocks were also the WLA champions for three straight years.

For first-year head coach Rob Williams, the WLA coach of the year, the feeling is “Unbelievable.”

“We just kept believing in the process. This group of guys is special,” he said.

All year the team has had the motto “What’s next,” to move on from mistakes and be mentally tough.

There were teary-eyed people around the celebrating players, from trainers to fans to volunteers.

“This group is a family, I think that’s part of it,” said the coach. “Guys like Aaron Davis and Kevin Reid – these guys have been around forever.”

“It’s only taken 13 or 14 years to get here,” said Reid, who is a key player in the defensive end for the Burrards.

This was a complete team, he said. He called Frank Scigliano “hands down the best goalie I’ve ever played with,” and said the team is stocked with quality players.

“We’re deep. It’s more depth, especially offensively. The defence is always going to be shut-down, but this year our offence is firing on all cylinders. We could put the ball in the net when we needed to, ” said Reid.

“We’re an exciting team to watch.”

Mike Mallory and Ben McIntosh led the Burrards offence with five points each on Friday night, Mallory with three goals and two assists, and McIntosh with a goal and four assists. Riley Loewen had a pair of each for four points, and Dan Taylor had a goal and three assists.

Team captain Davis is a veteran of 11 seasons with the Burrards.

“It feels great. It’s been a lot of years, a lot of hours, and a lot of sacrifice for the players, the staff and everyone’s family, and it’s well worth it right now,” he said.

Davis said he knew at the start of the season that the 2016 Burrards could finally break through.

“I knew we had the bodies for it. The past few years we’ve come a long way. We’ve been drafting well, made a few good trades and we’ve just become a closer-knit team,” he said.

“We were definitely knocking on the door the past few years, and it all came together.”

Now the Burrards will be heading to Ontario to take on the Major Series Lacrosse champions in a best-of-seven series that starts on Sept. 9.

Williams said the Burrards will have a good shot at winning the Mann Cup.

“A shift at a time, and What’s next – I think we can compete with anyone.”


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Credit union giving local charities money in a hurry

Envision sets up new Community Response Fund, offering $600,000 in grants to area non-profits

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows seniors tax clinics offer drive-up drop-off service

No appointments needed for seniors who meet eligibility criteria to get tax help

LETTER: Former mayoralty candidate questions government actions around COVID

Former Maple Ridge resident suggests governments ruined lives and fed fears with lies about virus

Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows grads will be celebrating virtually this year

In-person commencement ceremonies for this years grads will take place sometime during the next school year

VIDEO: Maple Ridge’s Kanaka Creek park expands

Metro Vancouver adds almost four hectares to the 450-hectare regional park

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Thanks for helping The News to continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Man last seen walking out of Royal Columbian Hospital found dead

It is unclear how or why Gavin Deloes was able to leave the New Westminster hospital

VIDEO: Humpback whales put on quite a show

The ‘playful’ pod lingered by a Campbell River tour operator’s boat for quite some time

B.C. woman launches First Nations search, rescue and patrol program

Linda Peters envisions trained searchers ready to go at moment’s notice in each B.C. First Nation

Large cruise ships barred from Canadian waters until end of October: Garneau

Last year 140 cruise ships brought more than two million visitors to Canadian ports

Man who bound, murdered Vancouver Island teen still a risk to public: parole board

Kimberly Proctor’s killer is still ‘mismanaging emotions,’ has had ‘temper tantrums’

Getting hitched at historic B.C. gold rush town still on table during COVID-19 pandemic

Micro-weddings, online visits, offered at Barkerville Historic Town and Park

VIDEO: Police look for suspect seen tripping elderly woman in Burnaby

The elderly woman was walking near the SkyTrain station when she was randomly tripped

Most Read