The Nanaimo Timbermen came ever so close to bringing BC its first Presidents' Cup since 2004, but it was the 2016 and 2017 champion St. Albert Miners who came away with a 10-8 overtime win to claim the top prize in senior B lacrosse Sunday September 2nd. It was the first time since 2009 that a team from BC played in the national championship gold medal game.
The tournament host and Provincial Senior B Lacrosse Champion Timbermen went 5-2 in round-robin play and then defeated the Oakville Titans 10-3 in its semi-final match to move on to final, played in front of a big crowd at Frank Crane Arena.
The Nanaimo Timbermen are the 2018 WCSLA and Provincial Senior B Lacrosse Champions after defeating the 2017 champion Ladner Pioneers two games to one in the best-of-three final series. Nanaimo rallied after dropping Game 1 to win both Games 2 and 3 in overtime to claim the crown.
The Timbermen, as regular season champions, earned a bye to the semi finals and knocked out the Victoria Wolves 3-1, who swept the Langley Warriors 2-0 in their quarter final series. The second place Pioneers also earned a bye to the semi finals and proceeded to sweep the Coquitlam Adanacs, who edged out the Royal City Capitals 2-1 in their quarter final series, 3-0 to advance to the league finals.
The Timbermen now go on to host the 2018 Presidents' Cup, with the Pioneers also taking part in the tournament, representing BC.
The Canadian Lacrosse Association has approved the bid by the Nanaimo Timbermen to host the 2018 Presidents’ Cup national senior B lacrosse championships at Frank Crane Arena. The announcement came seven weeks after the WCSLA selected the bid from the Harbour City. The Tri-City Bandits (now Coquitlam Adanacs) were the last BC team to host the Presidents' Cup in 2014. For more information or to volunteer for the event, visit the Timbermen's Facebook Page.
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The regular season is over and the Naniamo Timbermen locked up top spot with a record of 15-3-0-0, with the Ladner Pioneers finishing second and also earning a first round bye in the playoffs. Nathan Clare was the league's top scorer with 84 points and the top assist getter with 51 helpers, while Ladner's Mike Berekoff was the top sniper with 43 goals. Pete Dubenski of Nanaimo was the top goaltender with a save percentage of 85.3%.
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Abbotsford News, Advantage Action Photography, Dan Brodie Photography, Delta Optimist, Goldstream News Gazette, Nanaimo News Bulletin, Royal City Record, Tri-City News, Alan Wallace
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