Gibson, Wardle and King celebrate a goal. Photo credit: Christopher Kelsall


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The third-place Victoria Shamrocks (9-4-0) have a chance this week to move up in the Western Lacrosse Association standings. They play three games in four nights, with two being on the road.

The WLA leaders are the New Westminster Salmonbellies who sport a record of 11-3-0. With the right combination of a Salmonbellies loss Thursday in Burnaby and Shamrocks wins, the Shamrocks could take over first place. It will be a tall task.

Wednesday, the Shamrocks visit the Langley Thunder, Friday, Victoria hosts the Maple Ridge Burrards, and then on Sunday, the Shamrocks visit the Coquitlam Adanacs.

Victoria has played the fewest games in the league and have three games in-hand on Maple Ridge, who sit in second place with 19 points, one ahead of the Shamrocks and a 9-6-1 record.

The keys to a successful Shamrocks week will be to get off to fast starts. So far this season they have had some slow starts and have had to risk the comeback effort. They will need to score early and dictate the pace of the game. With three games in four nights, the offensively-built Shamrocks will need to get goals from all of their skilled players. They have the talent to win the league and the Mann Cup.

The Shamrocks have outshot the competition most nights and will need to continue to do that and execute on those plays, in short, bury the ball with authority.

Currently, Jesse King and Casey Jackson lead the team in points with 71 and 67, respectively. King sits second in the league, 10 points behind New Westminster’s Logan Schuss, who has played one extra game.

Rhys Duch, a former WLA points race winner will need to step up if he is healthy. Currently, he has just 39 points and only seven goals. Tyson Gibson, Rob Hellyer, and Chris Wardle have increased their output this season. Their contributions will be key to backing up the firepower of King and Jackson.

The Shamrocks’ Friday night home game at The Q Centre starts at 7:30 pm.

WLA

WLA Senior A

TEAM GP W L T PTS PCT GF GA PIM HOME AWAY
New Westminster 14 11 3 0 22 .786 176 130 252 6-1-0 5-2-0
Maple Ridge 16 9 6 1 19 .594 147 135 339 5-2-1 4-4-0
Victoria 13 9 4 0 18 .692 145 126 204 5-1-0 4-3-0
Nanaimo 15 8 6 1 17 .567 135 128 188 6-1-0 2-5-1
Burnaby 14 5 8 1 11 .393 134 150 286 4-4-0 1-4-1
Langley 15 5 9 1 11 .367 148 172 257 4-2-1 1-7-0
Coquitlam 15 2 13 0 4 .133 111 155 223 2-6-0 0-7-0
RK PLAYER TEAM Pos. GP G A PTS PIM PP PPA SH SHA GWG SHOTS S%
1 Schuss, Logan NEW 13 30 51 81 4 6 19 0 3 4 128 23
2 King, Jesse VIC 13 24 47 71 26 2 24 1 2 1 108 22
3 McBride, Jordan NEW 14 27 42 69 7 9 15 0 2 2 107 25
4 Jones, Mitch NEW 12 28 40 68 17 9 12 1 2 1 106 26
5 Jackson, Casey VIC 13 35 32 67 6 12 9 0 1 1 154 23
6 Dickson, Curtis MPR 11 37 24 61 2 11 9 2 1 4 156 24
7 McLaughlin, Eli BBY 12 30 24 54 4 6 7 3 1 1 121 25
Pace, Tyler LGY 15 25 29 54 2 5 8 2 2 0 84 30
9 Stevens, Dane BBY 14 19 27 46 10 5 4 1 0 2 102 19
10 Fairall, Dean COQ 15 20 24 44 6 7 9 0 0 0 130 15
11 Kealey, JP LGY 13 27 16 43 4 6 4 2 1 2 119 23
Malcom, Anthony NEW 11 21 22 43 0 5 7 2 0 2 74 28
Loewen, Riley MPR 12 18 25 43 5 4 6 1 0 0 120 15
14 Phillips, Jon NAI 12 20 21 41 2 10 5 1 0 2 96 21
Wardle, Chris VIC 11 17 24 41 10 8 5 0 1 2 67 25
Delmonico, Matt COQ 13 16 25 41 0 7 5 0 2 0 83 19
17 Mallory, Mike MPR 15 10 29 39 6 3 8 0 0 0 81 12
Duch, Rhys VIC 7 10 29 39 0 4 11 1 1 1 64 16
19 Robinson, Connor LGY 15 16 22 38 6 2 8 0 1 1 104 15
20 Jones, Scott BBY 11 12 25 37 4 5 8 1 0 1 92 13
21 Gibson, Tyson VIC 11 20 15 35 2 4 3 2 1 1 84 24
Jones, Jason NEW 14 17 18 35 25 4 3 0 0 0 96 18
23 Dobbie, Dane LGY 6 15 19 34 2 6 5 0 0 1 57 26
24 Gibson, Leighton COQ 15 9 24 33 0 1 7 2 0 0 68 13
25 Hellyer, Rob VIC 7 9 22 31 2 4 7 0 0 0 54 17

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