Mid Island Lightning strike for wins in home openers

The U14 and U16 Mid Island Lightning both earned victories in their Vancouver Island Field Lacrosse Association home openers last weekend.

Despite missing some core players, the U16 Lightning prevailed 11-9 over North Island at the Cowichan Sportsplex on Saturday. The Lightning led 3-2 after one quarter, 5-3 at halftime and 7-5 after three quarters before each team scored four times in the final stanza.

Colton Lidstone led Mid Island with three goals, Jake Taylor, Kyle Page and Lucas Nagel had two each, and Clayton Vickers and Mat Jung had singles.

The U14 Lightning crushed Pacific Rim #3 15-3 at the Sportsplex on Sunday. Arthur Miller

and Caleb Nordstrom led the way with four goals apiece, Derian Thompson scored three times, Sam Baxter had two, and Ryan John and Nathan Clark each added one. Teagan Cunnah had an excellent outing in net.

The U12 Lightning had a rough go in their double-header against Victoria #1 on Sunday. Mid Island lost 18-1 in their first game, with Jeremy Benson scoring the lone goal, and 13-2 in the second game as Connor Loch-Labelle and Patrick Wong scored.

All three teams will be off for the next two weekends. Half a dozen Mid Island players are heading to Langley for the Team BC Main Camp this weekend, including Jung, Lidstone and Chris Branting (U18), Clark, Nordstrom and Colin Jeffrey (U15), and Devyn Zunti (U13).