WLA Playoff Preview: Rocks and ‘Bellies Top Seeds

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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…

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WLA Three Stars: Schuss Rises With Bellies

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…

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WLA Power Rankings: Salmonbellies Rise

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July 27, 2015

      1.    New Westminster Salmonbellies (3) Record: 11-6-0 Goal Differential: +13 Last Week: 10-7 W vs. Maple Ridge, 9-7 W vs. Victoria This Week: vs. Burnaby New West jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the first period Thursday night and never looked back, beating the first place Shamrocks and securing a WLA playoff spot. Eric Penney was solid in goal behind an outstanding effort from the…

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Munro: The WLA By The Numbers

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July 23, 2015

Statistics in lacrosse have often gone undervalued, without much attention paid to anything more than goals, assists and saves. Although statistics can appear complicated to those who have never focused in on them, they’re just numbers in the end. But those numbers have underlying benefits as they can help give an explanation or a narrative to a question as simple as “what happened?” Consider that the difference between Coquitlam and…

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WLA Power Rankings: Week Seven

Shamrocks
July 17, 2015

1. Victoria Shamrocks (1) Record: 12-3-0 Goal Differential: +81 Last Week: 13-11 L vs. Coquitlam, 13-10 W vs. Nanaimo This Week: at New Westminster, vs. Burnaby Victoria were outhustled and outplayed by Coquitlam last Friday night and deservedly took the loss, just their third this year. Although they still have a three game lead on New West for the WLA regular season championship, it was an example of the parity…

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WLA Rookie Report: Taylor, Malcolm Rise Up

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July 17, 2015

Connor Goodwin, Maple Ridge Burrards The fifth overall selection in February’s WLA Draft, Goodwin has stepped in as an immediate contributor to the Burrards offence. He’s given Ridge another lefty who can operate without the ball, he has size and is a good playmaker for his age. Goodwin’s play really started to take off when Dan Taylor was signed; the duo have taken attention away from the right handers like…

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WLA Three Stars: Week Seven

Adanacs vs Thunder
July 16, 2015

   1. Matthew Dinsdale, Coquitlam Adanacs Given an expanded role upon his return to the Coquitlam lineup, Matthew Dinsdale has seized his opportunity, almost matching his 2014 goal total (13) with 11 in four games. After torching Victoria for a hat-trick and three assists, Dinsdale got into a groove in their 15-6 win over Nanaimo, scoring five goals. His presence was missed in a crucial game Tuesday night, one in…

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WLA Power Rankings: Week Seven

Bellies
July 11, 2015

1 Victoria Shamrocks (LW – 1) Record: 11-2-0        Goal Differential: +60 Last Week: 11-6 W vs. Langley, 14-7 W vs. Burnaby This Week: vs. Coquitlam, vs. Nanaimo It was business per usual for the Shamrocks, who beat two tough teams rather handily to push their WLA league lead to three games over second-place New Westminster. It was the defence that lead the charge for much of the night in Victoria’s gritty 11-6 win over the…

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WLA Three Stars: Week Six

shamrocks
July 6, 2015

Photo by David Zuskind 1st Star – Daryl Veltman, Victoria Shamrocks Veltman has been one of the more consistent players in the WLA this summer and had a great week in Victoria’s three wins where they scored a combined 46 goals. He scored 14 points (7-7) and now has 36 points in nine games, good for a four-point per game average amongst the highest in the league. He’s found a…

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WLA Power Rankings: Week Five

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July 4, 2015

   1. Victoria Shamrocks (1) Record: 9-2-0 Goal Differential: +48 Last Week: 18-8 W vs. New Westminster, 15-3 W vs. Coquitlam, 13-8 W vs. New Westminster This Week: vs. Langley, vs. Burnaby The Victoria Shamrocks have put a stranglehold on the rest of the WLA with one of the more dominant weeks of lacrosse in recent memory. After putting a combined 31 goals on New West and conceding just 16,…

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