Mann Cup Diaries: Day Six

September 10, 2015

The Trip Today I met a seal, an otter, and a wooly mammoth. Only two of the three were actually alive. Hopefully you guessed correctly which two! We spent the afternoon at Fisherman’s Wharf, which was an amazing place featuring floating businesses and houses, all painted bright colours. We got ice cream from a floating ice cream parlour and watched people feed two harbour seals. One had a bad eye,…


Mann Cup: Both Teams Show Strengths

September 9, 2015

Deadlocked in virtually every single way with the Peterborough Lakers, the Victoria Shamrocks may be closer to bringing lacrosse’s holy grail back to the west coast since they last did so in 2005. But a cautionary tale for the Shamrocks lies ahead, who led the Six Nations Chiefs 2-1 in the past two Mann Cup’s, only to lose three straight games both years. Just one goal separates the two team’s…


Mann Cup Diaries: Day Three

September 7, 2015

The Trip Today was an off day, so there was no game to watch. Most of the fans went sightseeing. I walked around downtown Victoria with my dad for several hours, visiting Chinatown, the Empress Hotel, Miniature World, and the inner harbour area. Being by the water was so peaceful. It was so obvious how much of a tourist destination Victoria is—there were about eight shops between our hotel and…


Lakers Tie Mann Cup With 14-7 Victory

September 7, 2015

The Peterborough Lakers did what they do best en route to a 14-7 win over the Victoria Shamrocks Saturday night in front of another sold out crowd at The Q Centre. The best-of-seven series is now tied at one as the two teams take a day off before playing three games in three days starting Monday. All games are at 7 pm PST. The Lakers utilized quick ball movement and…


Mann Cup Diaries: Game Two

September 6, 2015

“Peterborough finds a way to get under your skin.” – Bob Heyes, head coach, Victoria Shamrocks The Trip It’s Saturday, right? Well, Sunday as I type this now. Not much to report on our trip as I stayed up so late last night writing that I slept in and missed a morning drive around town to sightsee. I’m okay with that; I needed the sleep. But here I am again…


Mann Cup Diaries: Game One

September 5, 2015

The Trip I’m working on hour 36 of being awake now (although this isn’t necessarily accurate as I did squeak in two one our naps during this time period). I took my first plane ride today. I went from cab to bus to plane to bus to boat to bus, from Oshawa, Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia. All for lacrosse. All for the Peterborough Lakers, who are back in the…


Shamrocks Ease Through WLA Finals

August 24, 2015

They’re looking like the best bet to bring the Mann out west in years. An entire decade spans the time it’s taken for a BC team to win the pinnacle of box lacrosse. With the way Victoria flew through it with such ease, the Island might be the figurative and literal end of the line for this year’s Mann Cup. The Shamrocks capped off a dominant postseason with the systematic…


WLA Three Stars: Playoff Edition

August 9, 2015

1st Star – Corey Small, Victoria Shamrocks With a chance to close out their first round series where it seems like there’s more fists flying than lacrosse balls, Corey Small has produced enough to lead Victoria to an unsurprising 3-0 series advantage over Maple Ridge. Small didn’t figure too heavily into Victoria’s blistering 8-0 start at home in game 3, but was the game’s first star a few nights prior…


WLA Playoff Preview: Rocks and ‘Bellies Top Seeds

August 5, 2015

It was a fantastic ending to a great WLA season, spearheaded by a three-team race for the final two playoff spots between Langley, Maple Ridge, and Burnaby. The teams all finished with a 9-9 record, but the Lakers were left behind as a result of the WLA’s very confusing goal formula. Losing by a goal to New Westminster ultimately sealed Burnaby’s fate, and they can always wonder what could have…


WLA Three Stars: Schuss Rises With Bellies

July 30, 2015

1. Logan Schuss, New Westminster Salmonbellies With a full season under his belt with the red, blue and white, Logan Schuss is beginning to find the back of the net with relative ease. As a result, New Westminster is more dangerous than at the start of the year when they held the league’s longest win streak at that time. Schuss started Tuesday in Maple Ridge, his back-to-back tallies tipping the…