Cowichan quartet picked in junior lacrosse draft

Mathieu Jung led the way on Sunday as four Cowichan Thunder lacrosse players were drafted into the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League.

Jung, who was named the B.C. Lacrosse Association’s Most Outstanding Graduating Midget Player last summer, was picked 12th overall by the Nanaimo Timbermen in the second round of Sunday’s draft.

The Timbermen traded up in the draft, shipping future considerations to the Coquitlam Adanacs in order to snag Jung before the Victoria Shamrocks could get their hands on him.

"He’s a good little lefthander who can play both ends of the floor," Timbermen general manager Jon Nicholson said. "He probably slipped [to 12th] just because he was from the Island. We had him targeted, and we knew we had to move ahead of Victoria with a couple picks so we could get [eighth pick Zach Manns] and Jung, and we managed to do that."

Jung was recently named to the provincial U18 field lacrosse team that will play in the national championships in Nova Scotia next September.

Brian Robb, who played with Jung on Team BC at the U16 national field lacrosse championships last fall, was taken 22nd overall by the Victoria Shamrocks.

He was followed by James Taylor, who also went to Nanaimo, with the 37th overall pick, in the fifth round, and goalie Marc Gagnon, who went to Nanaimo in the sixth round, 44th overall.

A record seven Cowichan players were drafted last year, including Taylor Martin, Pollo Claxton, Tyson Black, Chris Branting, Brandon Corby, Colin Winship and Connor Sutton.

With files from the Nanaimo Daily News