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Lacrosse continues to grow in the Mid and North Island. According to recent accounts one school in Nanaimo is adding the game to its list of school sports and Carihi in Campbell River is said to be looking at doing the same.
This follows the lead of Claremont school in Saanich which has a full development program for field lacrosse involving daily practice. This is one of the four sports on offer as part of the Claremont Sports Institute Program.
Students who are accepted and enrolled in the Claremont Sports Institute program in all grades focus on skill development within their sport. Students in their respective grade levels earn credit for PE9, PE10, PE11, PE12, Science of Sport and Training 9 &10, Strength and Conditioning 11 and 12. Work ethic and personal commitment and responsibility are of the utmost importance for this program.
The program has paid off big time for students combining their love for the game with the requirement to keep their grades up.
Last season both junior teams made the BC High School Provincial Tournament semis, as did the Grade 11 squad. The Grade 12 team was the class of the province-wide tourney, winning the final 11-6 and taking their fifth banner in last eight years. Strong proof of a successful program worthy of duplication in our neck of the woods.
Last weekend the U16 North Island Rage fought hard to eke out a 7-7 tie at Nanaimo Turf, playing with a less-than-full roster. They managed the draw with 11 players and one substitute. What’s more, four of the players were parachuted in from the Rage U14s.
While Rage battled in Nanaimo, the U14s with a depleted roster, dropped both games to PacRim2 in a doubleheader at the Highland field in Comox. Ten minutes worth of penalties played a large part in the 7-5 and 6-4 losses.
On the bright side two goals each by Owen Shears, Kaleb Vivier and Colby Black kept the first contest close. Angus Atkinson found the back of the net for the single from just outside the crease.
In the second game Kaleb, Owen, Levi Smith Landsell and Carson Foy each sunk one into the twine. Full marks to the coaches for keeping the those tired legs in the game!
The Big Orange U14 will need a full compliment of shooters next weekend in Richmond. On Saturday they contest Kelowna, Sunday they meet Mission and Monday they battle the Coquitlam Adanacs. If they find a way to cut those penalty minutes they’ve every hope of making it to the finals on Tuesday.
QUICK FLICKS The Vancouver Island select team, Seaspray, with four North Island members came back from a weekend in Seattle with 18-0 and 10-2 victories …
– North Island Rage
Attached is the game schedule for the Claremont Shoot-Out 2014
When his Cowichan Valley Thunder midget A team didn’t make the provincial box lacrosse championships in Campbell River earlier this month, Mat Jung’s mom, Gina, still had to find a way to get him there and to the annual awards ceremony.
What she knew, and what he would find out, was that he had been named the 2014 Subway BCLA Box Lacrosse Player of the Year.
Jung was one of eight players in B.C. named as the best in their respective zones. The eight were invited up on stage to be honoured at the ceremony.
“They called all the zone winners up and we all got jackets,” Jung recalled. “After we all got the jackets, they told us to open them up.”
They all expected an envelope or something to fall out, and started shaking their jackets. Finally, it was pointed out that all the jackets were embroidered to recognize that they were zone winners, except Jung’s, which was labeled with Player of the Year.
“I was kind of surprised,” he admitted. “It’s kind of a big achievement. I was quite proud of myself, and I’m sure my mom was too.”
Having already received a $500 postsecondary scholarship as zone winner, he got another $500 for the provincial honour, the culmination of 13 years of passion and dedication to the sport. In addition to playing, Jung has been a referee for the last five years, and helped coach the pee wee C team this year, when he had time.
With his midget team, Jung had a rough season as the only returning player from the team that won provincial bronze the year before. All the other second-year players had played B or C the previous year, and some were playing A-level lacrosse for the first time. “It had its ups and downs, but overall I thought it was a good season,” Jung said. “We finished strong.”
Jung did win a provincial silver medal with Cowichan’s intermediate B team. Jung finished second in the scoring race at the provincial championship tournament with 24 points, just two points back of teammate Colin Winship.
In late July, he won a bronze medal with the Vancouver Island team at the BC Summer Games.
This coming weekend, Jung will join Team BC at the national field lacrosse championships in Edmonton, where his teammates will include fellow Thunder star Brian Robb and former Cowichan player Tyler Glanfield. The team’s goal is nothing short of winning it all.
“We definitely want to medal; we’re shooting for the gold,” Jung said. “We have a very skilled team. There’s kind of a lot of pressure because the B.C. U16 team has won gold three years in a row.”
After that, he’ll prepare for the junior box lacrosse draft in January. He was invited to the Victoria Shamrocks prospect camp, but Team BC practice got in the way. In the longer run, he hopes to pursue the sport into the post-secondary ranks, hopefully playing collegiate field lacrosse in the U.S. Going into Grade 11, he has already spent two years at Claremont Secondary’s lacrosse academy in Victoria. Although he grew up playing box lacrosse, he has made a smooth transition to field in recent years.
“I like playing both, but I’m starting to ease toward liking field better,” he said. “When you play it enough, you start liking it a bit more.”
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Claremont Spartan High School Field Lacrosse Shootout
November 28th and 29th, 2014
The fields that will be used will be the Topaz City Park located 5 minutes from downtown and central to most everything (located on the corner of Blanshard and Finlayson) and the University turf fields (located next to the McKinnon gymnasium)
Dates and Times
Friday, Nov. 28 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 29 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, Nov. 28 (games will rotate around Topaz Park (Note: Field 1 will be the turf; field 2 will be a grass field) during the day and there will be night games at UVic)
@ Topaz Park
9:30 1 JR Delta vs Spectrum 1 (Topaz – turf)
2 (upper grass)
10:45 2 SR New West vs Claremont 2 1 (Topaz – turf)
3 SR Delta vs Claremont 1 2 (upper grass)
12:00 4 JR Claremont 2 vs Newport 1 (Topaz – turf)
5 JR Mercer Island vs Delta 2 (upper grass)
1:30 6 SR Newport vs Claremont 1 1 (Topaz – turf)
7 SR New West vs Mercer 2 (upper grass)
2:40 8 JR Claremont 1 vs Mercer 1 (Topaz – turf)
9 JR Newport vs Delta 2 (upper grass)
3:45 10 SR Claremont 2 vs Delta 1 (turf)
Fri, Nov. 28
@ University of Victoria (Field 2A and B – turf)
4:00 11 JR Spectrum vs Claremont 9’s 2A
12 SR Newport vs New West 2B
5:15 13 JR Mercer Island vs Claremont 2 2A
14 JR Pac Rim 14 vs Newport 2B
Friday Night Lights
7:00 15 SR Claremont vs Mercer Island 2B
NOTE game #16 will be longer in duration – feature put on by school and the student government
Sat, Nov. 29 (games between UVIC (turf) and Topaz (grass)
Game # Div. Home Away Field
8:45 16 JR Delta vs Claremont 2 upper grass – Topaz
17 JR Mercer vs Spectrum lower grass – Topaz
9:00 18 JR Newport vs Claremont 1 2A (UVIC)
10:00 19 SR Mercer Island vs Delta upper grass (Topaz)
20 SR New West vs Claremont 1 lower grass (Topaz)
10:15 21 SR Newport vs Claremont 2 2A (UVIC)
11:00 22 JR Delta vs Claremont 1 upper grass (Topaz)
11:15 23 SR New West vs Delta lower grass (Topaz)
11:30 24 JR Spectrum vs Newport 2A (UVIC)
12:30 25 SR Delta vs Newport lower grass (Topaz)
1:00 26 SR Mercer vs Claremont 2A (UVIC)
TBA for last two games as departure times for teams from Wash may impact ability to play these last two games. Not concerned with a ‘final’ and looked to fill schedule so all teams could get 4 or 5 games in over the 2 days.
If teams and time are available we will play the ‘finals’ as below or we can schedule others
2:00 27 JR 1st vs 2nd 2A
3:00 28 SR 1st vs 2nd 2A
Good luck to all! Reminders to have all games start on time. Be prepared to start at scheduled time – warm ups may not be available so prepare on site. Please keep the park(s) clean and pick up all equipment, garbage, etc. Lastly – respect the park, the officials, and your opponents!!! Have a great tournament!