Season Comes To An End
Langley, BC (August 2, 2017)– The Langley Thunder (4-14) lost their final game of the 2017 season to the first-placed Burnaby Lakers (12-5) on Wednesday night, 16-2.
“I thought in a whole, our season was pretty good all things considered,” said Head Coach Darcy Rhodes. “Every night we had a minimum of ten-to-twelve rookies in the lineup. But I think it is a great learning experience not only for the first-year players but also the junior call ups, it makes the Langley Thunder organization better as a whole.”
The Thunder were led by James Rahe who scored 24 goals, 23 assists and 47 points in 17 games. Rookie JP Kealey scored 20 goals, 23 assists and 43 points in 12 games.
“Offensively we had some injuries and we missed some key guys because of school commitments,” said Rhodes. “But I thought we really came together and as the season progressed we really saw some great chemistry.”
Langley was led by Assistant Captain Adam Will on the defensive-side of the ball as well as rookies Jake Taylor, Cody Teichroeb, Reece Callies, Jordan Magnuson Brodie Porter, Austin Rockwell, Tanner Rennich and Keegan Rittinger.
“Defensively, we grew as a team and by the end of the year we were playing the best lacrosse of the season,” said Rhodes. “I am very excited to see this defensive group perform in the years to come.”
The Langley Thunder will load up again in the 2018 WLA Draft where they will have the 1st, 5th, 7th, and 8th overall draft picks in the first round. In the 2017 Draft, the Thunder took Tyler Pace first, Reece Callies fourth, Jordan Magnuson fifth, and Johnny Pearson sixth, all in the first round.
The WLA has not yet set a date for the 2018 Draft.