It has been an eventful summer for the newly named Vancouver Stealth who officially announced their move to the Langley Events Centre at the beginning of July. The summer has not only been busy for the organization but also for some current players. Many are still competing in various summer lacrosse leagues such as the Major Series Lacrosse, the Western Lacrosse Association and the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. The playoffs are already underway and a number of Stealth players have a chance to grab summer glory before they begin training for the up and coming National Lacrosse League season.
Stealth rookie Tyler Garrison had a goal and an assist to lead the Adanacs to a game 2 victory over the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the BC A Junior Lacrosse Playoff Final. The Adanacs now lead the best of five series 2-0 as Garrison’s team is just one win away from securing the title.
In WLA playoff action more Stealth players are playing against each other with Victoria Shamrocks Rhys Duch and Mitch Jones taking on Burnaby Lakers Matt Beers and Justin Salt. The winner will move on to play Langley Thunders Athan Iannucci, Mike Grimes, and Mitch McMichael or the Coquitlam Adanac’s Brett Hickey. Victoria leads the best of 7 series 1-0 and Duch is leading the team in points with three goals and three assists, game two between Victoria and Burnaby goes tonight. Iannucci is off to a similar start for the Thunder as he is second on the team in points with four goals and three assists. Windsor Ontario native Brett Hickey did everything he could in game two scoring a goal and three assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Thunder took a 2-0 series lead.
The Major Series Lacrosse playoffs are underway as well as Stealth captain Kyle Sorensen’s Peterborough Lakers tied their Semi Final series 1-1 after a dominant 11-3 victory over Brooklin. Bill Hostrawser’s Kitchener Waterloo Kodiacks failed to tie their series at one against top ranked Six Nations as their third period come back fell just short, losing the game 8-7.
The time on the turf has been time well spent for Stealth players this summer and Head Coach Chris Hall looks forward to what they bring to the NLL in the new year, “The good thing about them playing is that they have a stick in their hands all the time, they are in good condition year round and their skills are sharp. The more you play the better you’re going to be.”
The Langley Events Centre is the new home for the Vancouver Stealth where you can see all the action starting in January of 2014. Season tickets are still available at www.stealthlax.com or on our website at www.langleyeventscentre.com. Furthermore, its game three between the Langley Thunder and the Coquitlam Adanacs where you can catch some of the Stealth players in the WLA semi-final playoffs. Catch the action tomorrow (August 8) at 7:45 pm, right here at the LEC.