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12 Tri-Cities athletes win gold at pair of field lacrosse nationals

B.C. prevailed in the First Nations and Alumni Cup tournaments in New Brunswick. 
Team BC took home the U18 First Nations and U15 Alumni Cups at the 2022 national field lacrosse championships, and their teams included a combined 12 athletes from the Tri-Cities.

A group of Tri-Cities teens returned victorious from two national championships over the Labour Day long weekend.

B.C.'s provincial under-18 and under-15 men's field lacrosse teams went undefeated to hoist the 2022 Lacrosse Canada First Nations and Alumni Cups in Fredericton, N.B.

Both beat Ontario in their respective finals, and both included a double-digit scores from the blue, white and gold.

Seven local athletes were members of the U18 squad, all from Coquitlam:

  • Ty Banks (Coquitlam)
  • Nathan Chalmers (Coquitlam)
  • Cole Kennett (Coquitlam)
  • Brody Kent (Coquitlam)
  • Nathan Ma (Coquitlam)
  • Nathan Miller (Coquitlam)
  • Kalen Murray (Coquitlam)
  • Jordan Reed (Coquitlam)

And four of them entered the tournament with a gold medal already around their neck.

Chalmers, Kennett, Murray and Reed helped B.C. take first place at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games following a tight-knit 7-6 win over Ontario in the final.

B.C. outscored their opponents 98-14 over five games in three days.

The team's game-by-game results at the First Nations Cup were as follows:

  • 16-5 win over Ontario (final)
  • 16-4 win over Quebec
  • 25-3 win over New Brunswick
  • 21-1 win over Saskatchewan
  • 20-1 win over Manitoba

Meanwhile, there were four Tri-Cities athletes that went on to win the Alumni Cup with B.C.'s under-15 roster:

  • Jackson Cardey (Port Coquitlam)
  • Brandon Lyons (Port Moody)
  • Malcolm Richardson (Coquitlam)
  • Lincoln Wall (Port Coquitlam)

The four harnassed their skills at Fredericton's Scotiabank fields, which ended in two shut outs across seven games.

The team's game-by-game results at the Alumni Cup were as follows:

  • 13-5 win over Ontario (final)
  • 13-0 win over Nova Scotia
  • 12-3 win over Saskatchewan
  • 11-1 win over Manitoba
  • 9-6 win over Ontario
  • 18-0 win over Quebec
  • 20-1 win over New Brunswick