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Coquitlam Adanacs making strides early in 2024 WLA season

The Coquitlam Adanacs defeated the Langley Thunder 11-5 Wednesday at the Langley Events Centre
Coquitlam Adanacs forward Adam Noakes tries to get around a Langley Thunder defender in their Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) game on Wednesday, June 12, at the Langley Events Centre.

Less than a month into the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) schedule, the Coquitlam Adanacs already have more wins than the team had all of last season.

The Sr. A's improved its record to three wins and four losses (3-4) with an 11-5 victory on the road over the Langley Thunder on Wednesday, June 12.

Coquitlam led 3-0 after the first period and 8-3 after 40 minutes.

Adam Noakes had a two goals and two assists to lead the Adanacs’ offence, while Clark Walter pitched in a goal and three assists.

Goaltender Andrew Gallant stopped 41 shots in Coquitlam’s net. His teammates fired 52 shots at Langley keeper Aiden Walsh.

The Adanacs’ win was its second in a row after the team defeated the Nanaimo Timbermen 10-9 last Saturday, June 8, at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

Coquitlam sits in third place in the WLA standings with six points, but the team’s seven games are more than any other club has played so far.

The Adanacs travel to Nanaimo to play the Timbermen on Saturday, June 15, at the Frank Crane Arena.

Meanwhile, the Coquitlam Jr. Adanacs are well on their way to proving as worthy hosts for the Minto Cup national lacrosse championship that will be played at Poirier, Aug. 17 to 24.

The Jr. purple and gold sit atop the standings of the BC Junior A Lacrosse League (BCJALL) with eight wins and only a single loss (8-1).

The team’s sole setback was a 9-7 loss to the Port Coquitlam Saints on May 17.

The rivals meet again on Friday, 7 p.m., at Poirier.