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Penticton U15 lacrosse team stuns Comox, captures B.C. title

Down late in the gold medal game, Penticton mounts comeback to win provincials

You'd have to see it to believe it.

Those were the words shared by Kate Trahan, team manager for the Penticton Heat after the U15 boys' team stormed back to win the provincial gold medal in come-from-behind fashion against Comox on July 7.

Penticton's Ryden Hiller tied the gold-medal game with 11 seconds left before scoring the overtime winner and lifting his hometown to a B.C. title.

"It was euphoria," Trahan recalled. "I was thinking, 'look at what the players did and look at what the coaches helped them do.'

"This is going to be a moment that they remember for their entire lives."

This year's U15 provincials were hosted by Comox, the team Penticton topped in the finals.

After Hiller found the back of the net early in the 10-minute overtime frame, goaltender Ryder Gillard held Comox off the score sheet for the duration of the frame.

"When the final buzzer went, the whole arena erupted," Trahan said, referring to travelling Penticton fans and local lacrosse parents who made the trip to Vancouver Island. "It felt like the biggest award we could win."

Penticton's 7-6 victory in the finals capped off the team's 5-0 run at the tournament, where it also beat teams from Prince George, Coquitlam and West Kootenay.

Trahan praised the parents and coaches for helping make this year's local indoor lacrosse a successful one

"The boys ended their season on a super high note," the team manager said. "We have a lot of support from parents and everyone stepped up."


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