Fittingly, the sun shone on Family Day Monday, because it was a glorious finish to a golden weekend for Langley’s U18 tier one boys field lacrosse team.
The Langley Thunder captured the B.C. championship on their home turf of Willoughby Community Park, edging the Coquitlam Adanacs 11-9 in the gold medal game.
“It’s pretty exciting, pretty gratifying. It’s awesome,” Thunder head coach Bryan Poole said. “A lot of these kids are players we’ve seen go through the system and now they’re young men, and they’re a great bunch. Every player contributed to the win so it was pretty special, and a half dozen of the guys are graduating and going on to play university lacrosse.”
Poole added, “We have the best goalie in B.C., by far, in Levi Gallant. He had an amazing weekend.”
The hosts went undefeated over the weekend. Scores were:
• Friday, 12-8 win over Coquitlam (MVP Ryan Martel)
• Saturday, 7-4 victory over New Westminster (MVP Quinn McKitrick)
• Saturday, 9-2 win over Ridge Meadows (MVP Caleb Pearson)
• Sunday, 7-7 tie with Delta (MVP Levi Gallant)
• Monday for the gold medal: 11-9 victory over Coquitlam (MVP Connor McNeill)
The B.C. champion Thunder include: Ryan Alcos, Quinn Beavis, Connor Watson, Josh Brunsch, Matthew Brunsch, McKenzie Day, Colin Gormley, Trevor Hawley, Dylan Kaminsky, Everett Kellner, Nathaniel Kozevnikov, Jordan Lewis, Ryan Martel, Nathan McKeigan, Quinn McKitrick, Connor McNeill, Chase Moore, Kyle Olsen, Caleb Pearson, Cole Radke, Cal Slade, Brenden Symons, Torin VanRheenan, Craig Whitton, and Levi Gallant.
The coaches are Bryan and Ian Poole, and the trainer is John Pearson.
The Thunder were among the teams taking part in the Subway B.C. Lacrosse Association U18, U15 and U13 tier one and tier two championships, held Feb. 5-8 at Willoughby Community Park.
Forty-five teams from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Interior and the North competed for supremacy.
U18 Tier 2 – Coquitlam Adanacs; U15 Tier 1 – New Westminster; U15 Tier 2 – Nanaimo Raiders; U13 Tier 1 – Coquitlam Adanacs; U13 Tier 2 – Ridge Meadows Burrards.