Penticton field lacrosse club nets third in league playoffs

U-14 squad now looking forward to tournaments in Richmond and Seattle

Kale Lawrence of Penticton’s under-14 team whips around a Kamloops defender during the Interior Youth Field Lacrosse League playoffs. Penticton won 16-14 to take the bronze medal match.

Dan Chetner, coach of Penticton’s under-14 field lacrosse team, is thrilled with a third-place finish in the Interior Youth Field Lacrosse League.

Penticton defeated Kamloops 16-14 in the bronze medal game of the IYFLL playoffs in Kelowna.

“I think it was a fantastic result for our team,” said Chetner. “We struggled to produce wins all season long. Mostly because the majority of our players are first year in the age group.”

Chetner said earning the victory over Kamloops was a solid finish. It’s one he said his players should feel proud of. From the start of the season, he saw improvement in the group.

“I think we actually have more potential than we’re showing.”

Penticton opened the playoffs with a 15-7 loss against Kelowna. The game was tied 5-5 until Kelowna ran away with it in the second half. Chetner felt his group gave them a good game.

“I think they felt pretty good,” he said following the loss to Kelowna. “I think that all year long we have talked about being reasonable in our expectations. That didn’t include expecting to go out and win a whole bunch of games. We focused on trying to improve as a team.”

Penticton will play in two tournaments: this weekend in Richmond and then in Seattle the weekend of Dec. 6.

“I think we’re looking forward to just having some fun at the two tournaments,” said Chetner. “Certainly like to play well.”

 

 

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