Early deficit too much to overcome

by Gary Ahuja

Spotting the opposition a big lead is never a recipe for success and that is the hole the Langley Junior B Thunder faced on Sunday afternoon.

The visiting Victoria Shamrocks scored the game’s first four goals to lead 4-0 after 20 minutes on Sunday afternoon at Langley Events Centre in what turned out to be an 11-6 victory in BC Junior Tier 1 Lacrosse League action.

The first-place Shamrocks improved to 10-2 while Langley saw their record slip to 4-6.

“A quick start can be the difference between a win and a loss. Starting off in a hole is not the way you want to start a game,” said Langley coach Kris Bryde.  “You take away those four goals and it is a one-goal game.”

The Thunder held their ground in the second, outscoring the Shamrocks 4-3 in the frame to cut the lead to 7-3.  But that would be as close as Langley got as Victoria won the third 4-2.

“Transition and loose balls were probably the two biggest differences they had on us,” Bryde summed up.

Chase Moore finished with three goals and four points for Langley while Cooper Gettel, Trevayne Hunter and Matthew Abbott had the other goals.

Next up for Langley is another home game, Tuesday, June 5 when they welcome Burnaby to the LEC. Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Bryde said he expected growing pains for his team considering there are a significant amount of first and second-year junior-aged players on the team.

“We have a young team (but) guys are starting to figure it out a little more. It is a matter of maturing,” he said. “The skill is there, the athleticism is there, it is just really the maturity.”

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For more information:

Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre, 604.613.5242 (cell), 604.455.8830 (office) or email.