The Intermediate Shamrocks celebrate their gold medal-winning performance at provincials over the B.C. Day long weekend. (Photo Submitted)

Intermediate Shamrocks, Westshore Bears earn provincial medals

Intermediate squad returns to Island with gold medal

The Victoria Shamrocks aren’t the only lacrosse team enjoying a successful summer.

Both the Intermediate Shamrocks and Westshore Bears are basking in the glow of provincial success, having both earned medals at their respective B.C. tournaments.

The Intermediate ‘Rocks won A Division gold when they upset the top-seeded Maple Ridge Burrards by a 7-6 margin in the final.

The win capped a thrilling B.C. Day weekend for the ‘Rocks, who took a close 15-14 over time win over Langley and a 10-9 win over Maple Ridge during round robin play. The Coquitlam Adanacs were the only team to beat the ‘Rocks throughout the weekend, earning a 9-6 win that wasn’t enough to knock them out of the gold medal game.

Goaltender Ryan Atkinson earned MVP for the gold medal game and was named to the provincial all-star team, while Thomas Vaesen was named tournament MVP.

Jackson Boyd also made the provincial all star squad.

Meanwhile, the Bears capped a fantastic season with a third place in Vernon, besting the host Tigers by a 12-11 score in Monday’s bronze medal match.

Bears runner Rylee Marsh led all scorers with nine goals and nine assists for 18 points.

Noah Holler was the other Bears player to make the list of top five scorers, potting six goals and seven assists for 13 points.

The Coquitlam Adanacs topped the Kamloops Venom in the gold medal match.

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