Thunder in tough after Island trip

by Gary Ahuja

Any margin for error for the Langley Thunder is virtually gone. That is the reality of the situation facing the senior A lacrosse team following a pair of weekend defeats.

With five games remaining in the regular season, Langley likely needs to win out – or come darn close – while hoping the teams they are battling for the Western Lacrosse Association’s fourth and final playoff spot stumble down the stretch.

Langley lost 13-11 in Victoria and 12-10 the following night in Nanaimo, with the latter of those losses especially deflating since the Timbermen are one of the three teams the Thunder are battling – Burnaby is the other – for a post-season berth.

As it stands right now, Nanaimo (6-6-1, 13 points) is four points ahead of Langley (4-8-1, 9 points) with five games to play. Burnaby (4-6-1, 9 points) is also in the mix and the Thunder close the season with a home-and-home against the Lakers but for those games to have any impact on the playoff race, Langley first needs a strong showing this week as they play the WLA’s top two teams.

First up is a home game at Langley Events Centre on Wednesday (July 11) vs. the Maple Ridge Burrards before the Thunder travel to New Westminster’s Queen’s Park Arena on Thursday (July 12) to face the Salmonbellies.

New Westminster (9-3, 18 points) currently sits in top spot while Maple Ridge (8-4-1, 17 points) hot on their heels.

Wednesday's contest is also the team's annual Tessa Beauchamp Foundation fundraiser. The Thunder are wearing special jerseys which are being auctioned off to benefit the Foundation. To bid, click here.


For more information:

Gary Ahuja, Langley Events Centre, 604.613.5242 (cell), 604.455.8830 (office) or email.