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Garrison Goes First Overall in WLA Draft

02/07/2014, 1:00pm PST
By Kyle Donen

Lundstrom eighth, Wardle eleventh

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Photo Credit - Dan Brodie

(Vancouver, BC – Friday, February 07, 2014) – The Vancouver Stealth’s second year transition player Tyler Garrison, was selected first overall by the Coquitlam Adanacs in the 2014 WLA Draft last night, at the Langley Events Centre.

A total of three Stealth players including Garrison were selected in the first two rounds of the WLA draft. Sean Lundstrom was picked eighth overall by the New Westminster Salmonbellies and Chris Wardle was picked eleventh overall by his hometown team the Victoria Shamrocks. 

Garrison played all three years of Junior A lacrosse with the Coquitlam Adanacs collecting 54 points (33 goals and 21 assists) in 45 regular season games. This past summer Garrison captained his team to a BC Junior A Lacrosse League title beating the New Westminster Salmonbellies 3-2 in the best of five series. The win earned his team a trip to the 2013 Minto Cup where they were later defeated by their crosstown rivals the Salmonbellies, in the semi-finals.

Garrison is now in his second year with the Stealth organization and this year he’s taken on a new role in the face-off circle where he keeps getting better with every game. He’s won 45.6% of his face-off’s so far and that number continues to go up game by game.

Lundstrom is coming off a solid season with the Langley Thunder Jr. A collecting 67 points (29 goals, 38 assists) in his final year. In four years of Jr. A lacrosse, all with the Thunder, Lundstrom played in 60 regular season games, adding 59 goals and 115 assists, for 174 points.

Wardle also finishes off his final Jr. A season with a very impressive season scoring 90 points (46 goals, 44 assists) in 21 games for the Victoria Jr. A Shamrocks. Wardle played his entire Jr. A career with the Shamrocks registering 144 points (68 goals, 76 assists) in 52 regular season games.

Both Lundstrom and Wardle are in their NLL rookie seasons with Vancouver Stealth after being selected to the team at training camp back in December. Wardle was drafted fifty-fourth overall by the Stealth in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft and Lundstrom played his way into training camp after getting identified at the Stealth’s Free Agent Camp.

The Stealth are back in action this weekend as they host the Colorado Mammoth at the Langley Events Centre on Saturday night at 7PM PST, doors open at 5:30PM PST and the first 1000 fans will receive Stealth team player cards. The game can also be seen on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.

Also, fans can get into the Pre-Game Festival beginning at 4PM PST in the LEC Fieldhouse where entry is free. Come out and see the Stealth Bombshells, along with Bomber the Fox. Food is provided by Triple O’s, the Joseph Richards Group DJ will be spinning live music and the NLL East Coast game between Edmonton and Philadelphia will be available on the big screen.

For more information on upcoming games visit www.StealthLAX.com

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