Gold and silver in Nanaimo for Cowichan’s bantams

Bantam lacrosse teams from the Cowichan Valley brought home a pair of medals from the Tim White Memorial Tournament in Nanaimo on the last weekend of May.

The bantam C Thunder went undefeated as they won gold in their portion of the long-running tournament, while the bantam A Thunder lost just twice over the weekend as they claimed the silver medal.

The bantam C team beat Juan de Fuca, Nanaimo and Mission over the round robin to qualify for the championship final on May 30. Facing Mission again, the Thunder won 3-0 on a pair of goals by Liam Bell and one by Mack Ainsley. Goalie Nolan Thibedeau held the fort for the shut out, and allowed just three goals over the course of the tournament.

The bantam A Thunder won their first two round-robin games 4-1 over Nanaimo and 7-1 over North Shore, then lost 6-5 to the Mission Sasquatch, setting up a rematch with Mission for the gold medal. Tied 6-6 at the end of regulation, Cowichan and Mission went to overtime, where Mission scored the winner.

Isaac Tonkin-Palmer scored twice in the final, while Gavin Spencer and Brody Black each had a goal and two assists. Logan Hammerer and Denton Macdonald also scored, while Brady Williams, Hunter Hieta and Carter Bouma added helpers.

Bantam A game MVPs over the tournament were Colin Jeffrey, Spencer, Dawson Webb, and Black. Most Sportsmanlike Players were Bouma, Macdonald, Nathan Clark and Rhys Mazurenko.