As the lacrosse season continues, so does the growth of the junior Lacoka Lacrosse Locos.
The Locos played two games over the weekend losing both but not without gaining some momentum and experience for players, said coach Mike Wood.
Their first game was Saturday, June 13 at the Ponoka Culture and Recreation Complex against the Calgary Wranglers. The Locos started strong scoring within the first three minutes of the game.
They kept up the pressure and minutes later scored again, bringing the game to 2-0. Penalty troubles caused them some pressure during the first period but the Locos managed to kill the time and stop the Wranglers’ offense.
Passing was strong for the Locos who kept up an active offense against a team that had defeated them 21-6 just one week earlier. Wood said his team keeps improving as the season continues. “I can never question their heart,” he stressed.
Much of the first period produced back and forth plays for both teams with the Locos managing to keep a narrow lead over the Wranglers scoring three against one. A penalty against the Locos with 3:48 left in the first period created an opportunity for the Wranglers that they capitalized on.
Rather than give up, the Locos kept on the pressure and scored with seven seconds left in the first period. The score was now 4-2. This was a relatively equal game for the Locos who eventually lost 10-9 against the Wranglers.
Wood said his team has improved greatly as players show up for practices and he has a full roster at the majority of their league games.
“Not it’s just down to the little specialty parts of the game,” he explained.
The next day the Locos played an away game against Strathmore Venom losing 13-9. Wood said it was a relatively close game until the third period. The Locos pulled their goalie out at to try and narrow the point gap but the Venom took advantage of the empty net and scored.
The Locos’ next home game is Saturday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m. where they face off with Medicine Hat Sun Devils.