Islanders now turn their attention to 7-time champs
Delta heads to Coquitlam Wednesday night to open best of three championships series with both teams headed to Minto Cup
Now that a Minto Cup berth has been secured, the Delta Islanders are looking to end a long drought against the Coquitlam Adanacs in the B.C. Junior “A” Lacrosse League championship series. The Adanacs are heavy favourites to win their eighth consecutive league title after rolling to a perfect 21-0-0 regular season record. They also haven’t lost to Delta since game two of the 2012 league finals, a stretch of 19 games including a sweep of the 2015 title series.
“Getting to the Minto Cup is a great step in the right direction for our organization and for lacrosse in Delta, but we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” said Islanders head coach Greg Rennie. “We want to be B.C. champions and representing B.C. at nationals. This season still has a long ways to go.”
While Delta needed six games to eliminate New West, the Adanacs promptly took care of Port Coquitlam in four straight. What might be working in the locals favour is the finals being just a best-of-three affair since both teams move on anyways. The series starts tonight at the Coquitlam Sports Centre (7:30 p.m.) and game two goes Sunday (5 p.m.) at Sungod Arena in North Delta as the Ladner Leisure Centre is now unavailable due to ice installation. “We really have to go in there and steal that first game,” added Rennie. “Asking us to have to come back and win the last two would be extremely difficult.”
The Islanders did play Coquitlam tough in the teams’ most recent meeting in Ladner, falling 11-10 back on June 18, despite outshooting the visitors 60-40. Adanacs goalie Christian Del Bianco was superb.
Local product Evan Messenger signed a free agent contract with the National Lacrosse League’s Vancouver Stealth on Tuesday. The B.C. Junior “A” Lacrosse League first team all-star was originally selected by the Stealth in the 2015 NLL Draft.
MARK BOOTH / DELTA OPTIMIST/AUGUST 2, 2016
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