The Pen High Lakers field lacrosse squad has made an impression on one team.
“They are doing good,” said Harpreet Grewal, coach of the Mission SecondaryRoadrunners, whose team consists mostly of Grade 11 players, while the Lakersare Grades 9 through 12. “You can see they have good lacrosse players. They aregoing to be fine. It’s just a matter of when you are starting something new, isgetting enough kids to come out and play. And getting them enough time to playtogether.”
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Grewal’s team faced the Lakers for the third time, twice on Jan. 27 at the AdidasSportsPlex, and are 1-1-1 against them. The Lakers, sponsored by Underwriters Insurance, and Mission first faced each other in Victoria, battling to a 8-8 finish. OnFriday, the Lakers defeated Mission 13-12 in the first game, then lost 22-6. Grewalsaid almost every game has been close. Scoring for the Lakers were KaleLawrence, Matt Carson, Logan Cote, Carson Shortreid, Keegan Allen and RhysMacDonald.
Both matches were played at a high pace with a physical presence.
Lakers coach Tony Ramsay said the team, which was missing some players in thesecond game, didn’t play to their full capabilities.
“They could have played a lot better defensively,” said Ramsay.
In their win, the Lakers got off to a slow start, but worked hard for a strong secondhalf finish.
Grewal said the two games were fun.
“Just to get out and start playing lacrosse again, that was good,” said Grewal, whocoaches a blended team of high school and academy players. “It took us a while toget adjusted. Once we got adjusted it was pretty good. They have got some goodplayers on that team.”