The midget A Cowichan Valley Thunder opened the box lacrosse season with a 6-3 loss to the Saanich Tigers at Panorama Rec Centre last Saturday.
Brody Black scored twice and Dawson Webb had the other goal. Rhys Mazurenko recorded two assists and Nathan Clark had one.
The Thunder got off to a rough start in the physical contest, and didn’t get on the scoreboard until they scored twice in the second period. The defence also stepped up in the second, as Saanich only got one ball past goalie Colin Jeffrey.
Cowichan added one goal in the third, but couldn’t close the three-goal gap.
The Thunder and Tigers are two of just three midget A teams in the Island league, which is rounded out by Juan de Fuca.
Cowichan plays two games at Kerry Park Arena this weekend, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 6 p.m.