A group of avid field lacrosse players is hoping the snow melts in time for them to contest the B.C. Lacrosse Association field championships.
The Juan de Fuca-based Victoria Titans 1 under-18 team went 13-0 to win the Tier 1 regular season and last month won the Island title to earn a spot into this weekend’s provincial tournament, hosted by Greater Victoria-based Pacific Rim Lacrosse at the University of Victoria.
Titans co-captain Noah Holler said the players – most are West Shore residents, while several are from other areas in the Capital Region – have bonded well this season. He likes the Titans’ chances of reaching Sunday’s championship game.
“I think if we come out clean and with the drive to win, we’ll make it to that gold medal game no problem,” he said. “Our only setbacks might be us showing up not focused.”
The U-18 Titans, who won tournaments in Kelowna and Richmond this season, kick off the provincials under the lights at 8 p.m. Friday night (Feb. 10) against Adanacs 1 from Coquitlam. They meet Langley at 9:15 a.m. Saturday then finish off the round robin against Delta on Sunday at 6 p.m.
Brendan Michalski, another of the Titans’ co-captains, said a big reason for the team’s success is that many of the players have played together for some time and they get along well and respect each other. He also gave kudos to coaches Ryan Alexander and Derek Harding for their inspiration.
“I really like that the coaches acknowledge our skills and experience and they encourage us to ‘get creative’ on the field during games,” he said.
The team still has a feeling of momentum from winning the Island championship, he added, which gives them a boost going into provincials. “I’m sure we’ll be ready for just about anything.”
This weekend encompasses B.C. championships in the under-13 and U-15 age groups, plus a Tier 2 division for U-18. Victoria-area teams are competing in all age groups.
The playoffs get underway Sunday night in some age divisions, with the medal round happening Monday starting at 10:45 a.m.