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Maple Ridge Burrards protect two local prospects ahead of WLA draft

Graduating juniors Drew Andre and Isaac Ngyou will be back in Burrards jerseys
Drew Andre gets a shot on net for the Salmonbellies. (New Westminster Salmonbellies/Special to The News)

With the Western Lacrosse Association to hold their annual Junior A draft at the end of this month, teams are announcing two territorial protection picks, and the Maple Ridge Burrards feel like they have a couple of blue chip prospects.

President/GM Lance Andre is excited to have both offensive player Drew Andre and defender Isaac Ngyou back in Burrards jerseys, with their junior careers over.

Every team in the WLA is allowed to take two players from their Junior A affiliate for their roster prior to the draft, so they can’t be drafted by another team.

With only a Junior B team in Maple Ridge – despite local attempts to secure a Junior A franchise – the Burrards are instead able to take players who played minor lacrosse here.

The GM has an obvious affinity for Drew Andre – his son. But the new addition is also one of the top scorers and team captain of the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

Listed at six-foot-two and 185 pounds, he played field lacrosse for the Lewis University Flyers NCAA squad in Illinois, putting up 30 goals and 70 points over 33 games through three seasons. His coach lauded him for having a high lacrosse IQ.

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“He’s offensively gifted,” said his new GM and father. “He’ll move into our offensive right, and help bolster our team.”

Andre coached Drew and Ngyou in minor lacrosse for Ridge Meadows. Ngyou played Junior B in Ridge, then jumped to Langley Junior A, and has grown as a player in the past few seasons.

The defensive lefty caught the eye of the Saskatchewan Rush of the NLL, who drafted him in the second round, 40th overall, in 2022.

The Rush GM Derek Keenan said “Isaac Ngyou is a young, fast, highly skilled lefty D transition player that first our system well and fills a need. We think he’s got a real high ceiling.”

He also travelled with the Langley Thunder Senior A team to the Mann Cup in 2022

Lance Andre sees a pair of building blocks for the long term in Maple Ridge.

“These are two solid guys who could play for us for the next 10 years,” he said.

The Burrards will continue adding players in the draft, which is coming up on Jan. 31, and can be seen on

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Neil Corbett

About the Author: Neil Corbett

I have been a journalist for more than 30 years, the past decade with the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News.
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