Burrards split on Island

Ridge rebounds from 14-8 loss to Shamrocks with 8-7 victory over Timbermen.

The Maple Ridge Burrards split a pair of weekend games on Vancouver Island and remain third in the Western Lacrosse Association.

The Burrards rebounded from a 14-8 loss Friday to the Victoria Shamrocks with an 8-7 victory over the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday.

The Burrards trailed Nanaimo 7-5 in the third, then scored three straight goals, the final two by Dan Taylor. Riley Loewen assisted on all three third-period goals, including the first one by Matt McLeod, his second of the game.

Taylor also had three helpers, while Ben McIntosh had two goals and an assist. Connor Goodwin had a goal and two assists.

Frank Scigliano made 28 saves for the win.

Second-place Victoria outshot Ridge 48-25 on Friday. The Shamrocks led 6-2 after the first period and 10-4 after two.

Mike Mallory had six assists for the Burrards and is third in league scoring with 53 points. Taylor had two goals and two assists. Gillespie tallied three times. Matt Symes, Loewen and McIntosh also scored.

Scigliano made 31 saves.

The Burrards are now 8-5-1 with 17 points, one behind the Shamrocks.

• The Burrards host Nanaimo on Tuesday, 6:45 p.m. at Planet Ice, then play the Salmonbellies on Thursday in New Westminster, 7:45 p.m.

 

Locals at lacrosse nationals

Eleven players from the Ridge Meadows Burrards have been chosen to represent B.C. in the bantam and midget divisions at the national female lacrosse championships in Calgary.

Another two players from the association are alternates, while a coach and a manager are representing the local minor lacrosse association as part of the provincial teams, as well.

Kaila Barteski, Kennedy Gill, Mykaela Johnson and Ashleigh Lesser of the Burrards are on the B.C. midget team, while Marian Lesser is the team manager.

Mackenzie Boldt, Lily Ferguson, Alexa Ford, Isabelle Gagnon, Teegan Gill, Allison Jakeway and Jade Lenton of the Burrards are on the bantam team, while Soleil Brooks and Emily Matsui are alternates and Chris Gill is head coach.

The 2016 CLA Female Box Lacrosse National Championships take place at the Max Bell Arena in Calgary, Alta., July 18-23.

For the second consecutive year, the city of Calgary will play host to this week-long event, which is slated welcome over 300 athletes, coaches and officials to the region.

A total of 10 all-star teams, representing the provinces of Alberta, B.C., Nova Scotia and Ontario, as well as the First Nations Lacrosse Association, will compete for gold. It’s a national-level competition featuring the best female box lacrosse players in Canada.

“When we hosted this event in Calgary last year, the competition was intense,” said tournament organizer Kevin Murray. “Each of the gold medal games was decided by a single goal, with two of the games needing overtime.”

A series of round-robin games will be held throughout the week, culminating with medal matches on Saturday.

 

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