Island lacrosse rivals to battle in Cowichan next week

Nanaimo-Victoria showdown will feature lots of Cowichan content

B.C.’s top junior lacrosse league is coming to the Cowichan Arena for two games next week.

On Wednesday (May 22), the junior A Nanaimo Timbermen and Victoria Shamrocks will square off at 7:30 p.m., and next Saturday, the Timbermen will play host to the Langley Thunder at 3 p.m.

The Timbermen are loaded with Cowichan Valley talent this year, including goaltender Colin Jeffrey and runners Mat Jung, Colton Lidstone and Thomas Vaesen, who is tied for the team lead with 12 points through the first two games. A fifth Cowichan product, James Taylor, is sidelined with an injury.

The Shamrocks also have some local content in the form of runners Brian Robb and Denton Macdonald.

The T-Men started the season 2-0 with wins over the Delta Islanders (11-10) and New Westminster Salmonbellies (10-9), while the Shamrocks are off to a 3-2 start.

Saturday’s game will be preceded with a ceremony to mark the Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association’s 20th anniversary, starting at 7:15 p.m. Any Cowichan lacrosse player wearing a Cowichan jersey will get free admission. Otherwise, tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

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