Every time Connor Ramage looks at his framed Team B.C. jersey and silver medal, it will remind him of the 2015 Scotiabank Alumni Cup in Nova Scotia.
It will be a reminder of the Penticton Minor Lacrosse Association product battling with Team B.C. U15 in the field lacrosse national championship. Despite their best efforts, they lost the final 11-7 to Team Ontario on Aug. 30.
“It was great playing in the game. It was a really good experience,” said Ramage. “I felt pretty good about my performance. The team played really well. It was pretty stressful in the game. When they started scoring, it got pretty stressful and intense. The whole game was intense.”
Team Ontario was built with good player that had size, said Ramage.
“They had some players that were a bit more skilled,” he added.
The teams were deadlocked at six midway through the third period, then Team Ontario took a two-goal lead en route to victory.
Ramage and Team B.C. opened the championship tournament with a 9-8 win over Team Alberta on Aug. 28. Later that day, they smoked the host team 27-0. They followed that performance with another lopsided victory, 24-1, over Prince Edward Island the morning of Aug.29. Team Ontario, who they lost the championship to, defeated them 15-4 later that day. Team B.C. advanced to the championship with a convincing 21-2 win against Team New Brunswick. Ramage admitted that some of the teams were not strong making for “boring” games, but said it was good they won. Having gone through that experience has made Ramage a better player and he understands the game more.