The North Okanagan Legends claimed bronze in the Under 19 division at the B.C. Field Lacrosse Championships last weekend at the University of Victoria.
The team had a great weekend playing hard-fought games against experienced teams.
“The coastal teams’ season ends two weeks before provincials, so they are all in game shape,” said Legends’ assistant coach Rob Seaton. “Our boys arrived with out having played a game since November when our leagues end because of snow in the Interior.
“This was a great team effort and all the teams we played commented on the ball control we showed. It was pretty to watch.”
The U19s fell 14-5 to Delta, 12-7 to Pacific Rim and 15-7 to Delta. Pac Rim shaded Delta 7-6 in the championship game.
Accompanying the U19s to Victoria were the U14 and U16 Legends, who both won their leagues last November.
“After such a long break between competitions, the first game of the provincial championships is always about getting the players’ heads back into the game,” said U14 coach Randy Reynolds. “We made a lot of mental mistakes and it cost us our first game (8-5 loss to Mission).”
The U14s rebounded by grounding Oceanside 8-0, but then fell 9-7 to North Shore to miss the medal round.
The U16s played really tough for the first two games, losing 7-5 to Richmond and 5-3 to Pacific Rim. They lost focus in their final tilt, bowing 13-4 to Mission.
Dean Grimm of the U19 squad won a Warrior Fair Play Award.