The Juan de Fuca Whalers won their association’s first midget A title since 1988 at the 2019 Subway-BC Lacrosse Association Minor Box Midget Lacrosse Provincial Championships. (Gary Ahuja/Submitted)

Greater Victoria lacrosse teams capture gold at provincial championships

Juan de Fuca, Saanich win gold at 2019 BCLA minor box midget lacrosse

Two Greater Victoria minor lacrosse associations captured gold medals at the 2019 Subway-BC Lacrosse Association Minor Box Midget Lacrosse Provincial Championships.

The Juan de Fuca Whalers and Saanich Tigers were among 24 teams competing from July 25 to 28 at the Langley Events Centre, and each won gold in their respective divisions.

The A1 division Whalers won bronze at last year’s provincial championship but finished the job this year against the Ridge Meadows Burrards, winning 7-2 for their association’s first midget A title since 1988.

READ MORE: Royal Bay Ravens girls lacrosse takes bronze at U.S. tournament

The Sunday final pitted the Whalers against a Burrards team that was 5-0 through round-robin play, including a 5-4 victory over Juan de Fuca in the tournament’s first game.

In the gold medal game, however, the Whalers had the only goal of the first period, extended the lead to 3-0 after 40 minutes and scored another four goals in the third period.

The Burrards finally solved Whalers goaltender Daniel Ramage with a pair of goals 25 seconds apart, but those came with just over four minutes remaining and the team was unable to mount a comeback.

Juan de Fuca used a balanced attack as seven players each scored one goal. Alec Billings led the charge with a goal and two assists, with Noah Manning, Jack McNabb, Jaxon Smart, Koen Block, Seth Calder and Jacob Campbell striking for one apiece.

READ MORE: New lacrosse overtime rules aim to increase excitement

Silver medallists a season ago, the A2 division Saanich Tigers were also not be denied this time around.

After falling behind 1-0 to the Ridge Meadows Burrards at the start of their Sunday final, the Tigers closed the first period with four straight goals and ultimately won 9-3.

The Burrards were held to just a single goal in each of the three periods, a number matched by the Tigers’ Mason Croucher alone, as he delivered a hat trick.

Sam Strother added a pair of goals and an assist, while Jordy Neary, Carson Cotie, Jacob Piercy and Owen Carson had one goal apiece.

Reece Young, Ty Fisher and Riley MacDonald were the lone Burrards to beat goaltender Riley Gains.

READ MORE: Victoria kids sell high in B.C. Junior Lacrosse draft

Saanich had played three tight, one-goal games during pool play, losing their opener 2-1 to Mission before responding with 6-5 wins over Coquitlam and Langley, respectively.

That put the Tigers atop the pool and they knocked off fellow Vancouver Island squad Juan de Fuca 7-3 in the semifinals.

The Burrards went 3-0 to win their pool, defeating Vancouver 10-3, Juan de Fuca 7-1 and Penticton 7-3.

The Langley Thunder bounced back from that semifinal loss with an 8-2 win over the Juan de Fuca Whalers in the bronze medal game.

Jaden Eves had a goal and an assist for the Whalers.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


The Saanich Tigers won the A2 division gold medal game 9-3 against the Ridge Meadows Burrards at the 2019 Subway-BC Lacrosse Association Minor Box Midget Lacrosse Provincial Championships. (Gary Ahuja/Submitted)

Just Posted

Speculation tax forces sale of Oak Bay’s ‘Tulip House’

Bob and Jan Fleming selling their retirement home famous for its thousands of tulips

New dance studio opening in Saanich

Saturday’s grand opening of Arthur Murray Dance Centre will include free lessons and a cocktail party

Province rejects criticism from Saanich councillor over McKenzie Interchange

Transportation ministry says project will ‘significantly lower’ greenhouse gas emissions

Belmont grad captures bronze on the beach

Gracie May and Sara Ostojic win bronze at U-18 National Beach Volleyball Tournament

Ethnic media aim to help maintain boost in voting by new Canadians

Statistics Canada says new Canadians made up about one-fifth of the voting population in 2016

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Aug. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Should there be a ban on gas-powered leaf blowers?

We’ve all heard them, and most likely cursed them under our breath.… Continue reading

New police force in Surrey must avoid VPD, RCMP errors made in Pickton case: Oppal

Boots are scheduled to be on the ground by spring 2021

Man at centre of dropped HIV-disclosure case sues province and 10 cops

Brian Carlisle of Abbotsford says Mission RCMP defamed him and were ‘negligent’ in their investigation

Striking Western Forest Products workers could lose benefits in September

Union, forest company at odds over Vancouver Island benefit payments as strike enters third month

Conan turns to the Property Brothers for tips on buying Greenland

Jonathan Scott suggests removing glaciers and mountains to bring in ‘more natural light’

Forests minister visits B.C. town rocked by multiple mill shutdowns

A third of Mackenzie turns out for rally, not much to cheer about

Most Read