Penticton’s under-14 field lacrosse team cruised to gold at the Richmond Romp Field Lacrosse tournament on Remembrance Day weekend.
Penticton captured gold with ease as they pounded North Island 13-2.
“I was pleasantly surprised with how our team made out,” said coach Dan Chetner. “I was expecting some stiffer competition.”
Trenton Henson was named the most valuable player for Penticton in the match, while Beau Chetner led offensively with two goals and six assists. Netting hat tricks were Kale Lawrence, who also collected an assist, and Brendan Craig. Also potting a pair of goals were Colin Duffield, who added an assist, and Logan Cote. Matt Marschall scored once, while Matt Carson had two assists with Connor Ramage and Aidan Warren collecting an assist each.
Penticton won all six of its matches, defeating New Westminster, 11-1, Mid Island 11-6, Pacific Rim 12-1 and Victoria 11-3. Penticton then faced Pacific Rim in the semifinal and rolled over them 12-1. Ramage was named MVP.
“I thought we played well the whole tournament,” said Chetner. “Improved as we went along.”
Heading in, Chetner wanted to use the tournament as a gauge to see how his group would fare against competition they will see at provincials in February. That didn’t happen as none of those teams entered, which disappointed Chetner. Still, Penticton’s coach watched his players improve.
“I think we developed a lot of confidence,” he said. “It was a lot of lacrosse.”
Other game MVPs went to Chetner, Darius Venables, Ty Ricard and Marschall.
Between sessions at the Adidas Sportsplex, to stay sharp, the team will travel to Seattle the first weekend of December to play in the Space Needle Shootout put on by the Washington Lacrosse Foundation. They may also play a tournament in Victoria.