Cowichan products on to the WLA

A pair of Cowichan Valley minor lacrosse products came closer to the dream of playing senior A lacrosse last weekend when their names were called at the Western Lacrosse Association draft.

Defender Tyson Roe was selected by the Nanaimo Timbermen in the second round, 12th overall, and goalie Derek Anderson was picked up by the Victoria Shamrocks in the sixth round, 42nd overall.

Both players were drafted by the same organizations where they played junior A lacrosse, and both were called up briefly by the senior teams last season.

"It’s an unbelievable feeling," said Roe, who is currently playing NCAA field lacrosse for Concordia University Wisconsin. "I’ve waited so long to play senior A lacrosse and now that I have gotten drafted and it is official, it’s a special feeling. Hopefully I can be an impact player and take my game to the next level while really helping out the team on the defensive end."

Anderson was somewhat surprised to get picked by the Shamrocks, who had drafted his fellow junior Shamrocks goalie Cody Hagedorn a round earlier, but he’s excited about battling for a roster spot with the senior team.

"It’s pretty awesome," he said. "Who doesn’t grow up dreaming of being on the Shamrocks?"