Quartet of Cowichan Thunder players drafted by junior A teams

Four graduating midget players from the Cowichan Thunder were selected in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League draft.

Four graduating midget players from the Cowichan Valley Thunder box lacrosse program were selected in the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League draft, held in Langley last Saturday.

Colton Lidstone was the first Cowichan player picked, going eighth overall in the first round to the Nanaimo Timbermen. Thomas Vaesen went in the second round, 15th overall to the Victoria Shamrocks.

Brayden Zunti went in the fifth round 40th overall to the Port Coquitlam Saints, and Parker Teufel was claimed by Nanaimo with the 44th pick in the sixth round.

In addition to playing for the Cowichan Thunder, Lidstone was also part of the B.C. provincial team that competed in the national box lacrosse championships in Ontario last summer. Zunti was named Vancouver Island’s top midget player for the 2016 box lacrosse season.

Lidstone, Vaesen and Teufel all attend the field lacrosse academy at Claremont Secondary School.

The Cowichan Valley Lacrosse Association regularly has multiple players drafted into the BCJALL, including a record seven players in 2014. Four players were picked last year, with Mathieu Jung, James Taylor and Marc Gagnon going to Nanaimo and Brian Robb to Victoria.