SUBMITTED BY WES AMENDT
Lacoka Locos head coach
The Lacoka Lacombe Harwood Jr. B lacrosse team played host to the South West Division leading Medicine Hat Sun Devils on Saturday evening in Lacombe. The Locos were able to stay close through the first period but a short-manned bench again meant that the local boys could not keep up the pace falling 24-9.
The Locos, despite being short on the bench had more on their minds as two of their players were involved in a MVA on Friday night, which has left one of their teammates fighting for his life in Calgary hospital. More details were not available at the time of the game.
Leading the scoring for the Locos were Dustin Bell with four goals and two assists and Riley Workman with three goals and three assists. Lliam Ventry and Tanner Green each had one goal with Jordan Smyth (2), Willem Court (2) and Andrew Kooiman (1) picking us assists.
The game scheduled for Sunday in Lethbridge has been postponed as the team sent its thoughts and prayers out to their team mate.
Next action for the Locos will be Friday, June 20 at 7:30 pm at Lacombe arena vs the Red Deer Renegades and Saturday, June 21 when the team travels to Calgary to take on the Wranglers.
Lacoka Lacrosse teams playoff results for Week 1 – June 14-15, 2014
The Lacoka Locos minor lacrosse teams started playoffs this weekend in Red Deer. Here are the results of the games played.
Novice Division – 12 teams
Lacoka McDonalds Novice 1 finished the regular season with a record of 8-3-1 and were ranked 4th going into the playoffs and received a bye in the first round.
Lacoka LV Energy Novice 2 team finished the regular season with a 6-5-1 record and was seeded fifth for the playoff draw. They defeated the 12th ranked Blackfalds Novice team 4-1 in their first game of the weekend.
The two Lacoka teams would then square off on Saturday afternoon with the McDonalds N1 team winning 3-2 to advance to the next round while the LV Energy N2 would have to go to the back half of the draw to try to work their way back to the finals.
LV Energy in their third game of the day on Saturday would battle back to defeat the 11th ranked Innisfail team 4-1.
On Sunday the McDonalds N1 team would defeat the #1 ranked Red Deer Novice 3 team 2-1 to advance to the next round next weekend.
The Lacoka LV Energy team in their fourth game of the weekend would see their season come to an end with their second loss in the double elimination format playoff tournament with a tough 1-0 loss to the team from Olds.
Pee Wee Division – 14 teams
The two Lacoka teams would finish the regular season ranked number 1 and 2 after the 12 game season. The Strand Media PW2 team finished with a 11-1 record to take top spot while the C-Key Trucking PW1 team finished with a record of 9-0-3 and was ranked second entering the playoffs.
The Strand Media PW2 team would defeat the 8th ranked Innisfail team 7-6 in their first game and the 5th ranked Red Deer PW2 team 5-4 in their second game to advance to next weekend’s playoff round.
The C-Key Trucking PW1 team would drop their first game of the playoffs to the #7 ranked team from Olds by a score of 9-4. The team would bounce back with a 14-3 win over the 9th ranked Didsbury PW2 team and also beat the 11th ranked Red Deer PW3 team 10-6 to continue their playoff run next weekend.
Bantam Division – 11 teams
The Lacoka Strand Media bantam team had a very strong regular season. After losing their first game of the season they went undefeated the rest of the way to finish with an 11-1 record and earned the #1 seed going into the playoffs. The team would continue their strong play with a 17-3 win over the 8th ranked team from Stettler and a 10-5 victory over the 5th ranked Blackfalds team. The team advances to next weekend playoff rounds.
Midget Division – 8 teams
The Lacoka C-Key Trucking midget team finished the regular season with a record of 9-3 and entered the playoffs this weekend as the number 3 seed of the eight teams. The team would play well in their first game against the Red Deer M1 team but come up just short in a 6-5 loss. On Sunday the team turned things around with a 10-5 win over the team from Stettler to keep their championship hopes alive going into play next weekend.