Mid Island’s Lucas Nagel reaches for a loose ball during the Lightning’s 13-11 win over Nanaimo on Sunday. (Paula Harris photo)

U18 Lightning get first win of 2017 in their last game

Defender Nathan Clark signs with Tusculum College

It didn’t happen until their last scheduled game, but the U18 Mid Island Lightning finally collected their first win of the field lacrosse season on Sunday when they defeated the Nanaimo Raiders 13-11 in Nanaimo.

Playing in rainy and foggy conditions only seemed to help the Lightning. Nanaimo struck first, but Hunter Hieta quickly tied things up for Mid Island, and the teams battled back and forth for the remainder of the game. In the final minute of the first quarter, big stick Colin Jeffrey carried the ball up the field to score, evening things up at three goals apiece.

Nanaimo led 5-4 at halftime, but Mid Island scored five times in the third quarter to draw even, then won the fourth 3-1 to emerge victorious.

Hieta finished the game with five goals, while Jeffrey, Nathan Clark and Jacob Taylor had two each. Lucas Nagel also scored, and Ashton Chambers notched his first of the season. Rookie goalie Miles Brooks was outstanding in his role. A hockey and box lacrosse player, Brooks had never played field lacrosse prior to this year, but volunteered to play in goal.

“He is a big guy who fills the net, and what he lacks in experience he more than makes up for in heart and determination,” team spokesperson Paula Harris said. “He has been a really positive addition to the team this year.”

The season has been a difficult one from a team perspective, but it was a successful fall for defender Nathan Clark, who signed with Div. II Tusculum College in Tennessee during the first round of scholarship offers last month. A Grade 12 student at Claremont Secondary’s lacrosse academy in Victoria, Clark was also the only member of his graduating class to sign during the first round.



kevin.rothbauer@cowichanvalleycitizen.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

North Cowichan councillor’s proposal for regional control of forests gets nod at UBCM

Recommendation from North Cowichan councillor Rob Douglas now goes to province

Drivesmart column: Driving with obstructed vision

Fully 80 per cent of the information that we need to drive safely comes through our eyes.

Marked improvement for women’s rugby squad

Gudmundseth scores four as Cowichan edged by Westshore

Robert Barron column: Cell phone rules in cars are clear as mud

She was not actively using her cell at the time

Andrea Rondeau column: Flood of letters to the editor

Some newspapers struggle to get people to send in letters to the editor.

VIDEO: Langley woman’s security camera records its own theft

Langley family discovers early morning grab was recorded

Canadian Snowbirds plane crashes before air show in Atlanta

Pilot lands safely after ejecting from jet

Share crash data, private insurers tell David Eby, ICBC

B.C. monopoly makes drivers retrieve their own records

B.C. VIEWS: Wolf kill, not backcountry bans, saving caribou

B.C.’s largest herds turn the corner from extinction

Pearson nets shootout winner as Canucks clip Flyers 3-2

Vancouver picks up second straight home win

Map on Elections Canada website sends Nanaimo-Ladysmith voters to landfill

Address for polling station correct, but Google Map address differs

BC Children’s Hospital launches 2 new virtual care sites bringing total to 19 across province

Provincial initiative allows pediatric patients to see health specialists through video

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read