Coldstream's Bayne Bosquet (from left) and Ryan Landels

Coldstream's Bayne Bosquet (from left) and Ryan Landels

Nationals field local trio

Coldstream products Ryan Landels and Bayne Bosquet, along with Vernon's Ryan Sarazin, will compete at the Canadian Field Lacrosse Championships, Sept. 2-4 in Burnaby.

Coldstream’s Ryan Landels is hoping fourth time is a charm.

After three straight silver medals at the Canadian Field Lacrosse Championships, the Kalamalka Laker grad would like nothing more than to hoist the First Nations Cup this year at the Under 19 tournament, Sept. 2-4 in Burnaby.

“We’ve come second every year (to Ontario). We’d like to win gold for a change,” smiled Landels, a goalie.

“The Prairies are getting better, but it’s up in the air between B.C. and Ontario.”

Landels will be joined on the Team B.C. in Burnaby by Coldstream’s Bayne Bosquet, who is making his debut at nationals, as is Vernon’s Ryan Sarazin, who will compete with the B.C. squad for the U16 Alumni Cup.

Landels, who turns 19 in September, is out in Alberta working on the oil fields. He also plays defence/transition in box lacrosse with the Edmonton Eclipse of the Alberta junior A league.

He learned about the league from a friend after moving to Edmonton, and they both tried out together.

“He got cut and I made it,” grinned Landels, who is still unable to pick a favourite between field and box.

“They’re totally different; you can’t compare the two. I love them both and I’m playing what I love year-round.”

Landels recalls earning field lacrosse goaltending duty by default as a 15-year-old.

“I started playing goal because no one else would, and I turned out to be half decent at it and here I am now,” he smiled.

Landels plans to try out for Team Canada, with the hopes of playing at the 2012 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Bosquet, who played junior B box with the Vernon Re/Max Tigers and field with the North Okanagan Legends, is looking forward to testing his skills against high-calibre competition in the Burnaby tourney.

“I think it’ll be a good test to go out there and see what I got. You get to play with the best in Canada, so that’s exciting,” said Bosquet, a defender.

Like Landels and Sarazin, Bosquet attended the Burnaby Mountain Selects field lacrosse development program, operated by head coach Brent Hoskins, who is also co-head coach of the Simon Fraser University Clan men’s team.

Bosquet has travelled with Selects touring teams to North American tournaments in Baltimore, New York and San Diego.

“Overall, the coaching there is just fantastic. It’s a great atmosphere to go and learn our skills. If you surround yourself with better players you just step your game up all around,” said Bosquet.

Sarazin recently returned from a tour with the Selects to New York State where his junior elite squad went 1-4-1 at the Syracuse University Summer Shootout.

The 16-year-old Fulton student says it was a big opportunity to showcase his skills in front of scouts.

“It’s a lot of coaches, anywhere from 60 to 80. It’s a big recruiting time in the summer. I’ve gotten some looks, and I’m definitely looking to receive something,” said Sarazin, who got to tour the Big Apple after the tourney, including stops at Ground Zero, Battery Park and NBC Studios.

Sarazin, a midfielder and faceoff specialist who plays box and field with the North Okanagan A2 Legends, says the process of earning a spot on Team B.C. has been a long one.

In the last year, he has counted nearly 20 trips to the Lower Mainland for tryouts and practice with the Selects and B.C. programs.

“At first it’s a long drive, but after three or four times you get used to it. You’re bound to have to travel if you want to play at that level,” shrugged Sarazin.

“It’s (Alumni Cup) going to be a good learning experience, and with it being in Burnaby, it’s close to home so we’ll have lots of fans.”