Adanacs' Minto Cup luck runs out against Shamrocks

The Coquitlam Adanacs are out of the Minto Cup.

The defending Junior A lacrosse national champions lost to the Victoria Shamrocks, 15-7, Sunday at the Langley Event Centre. The Adanacs, Shamrocks and Okotoks Raiders all finished the round-robin portion of the tournament with identical records of one win and two losses, but Coquitlam was the odd team out on the tie breaker based on goal differential. The scored 11 fewer goals than they allowed, while the Shamrocks and Raiders were both -6.

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The Orangeville Northmen, champions of the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League, finished atop the standings with three wins and no losses. That earned them a bye to the best-of-five final that begins Wednesday at the LEC, while Okotoks and Victoria will play a one-game semifinal on Monday to determine the Northmen’s opponent.

The Adanacs, which opened the tournament last Friday with a narrow 11-9 win over a spirited Okotoks team, lost to Orangeville on Saturday, 12-7.

Against Victoria, which Coquitlam defeated in two straight games to determine the BC Junior A Lacrosse League champion, the Adanacs surrendered the first six goals of the game and never recovered.

The Shamrocks outscored Coquitlam 4-3 in the second period and 5-4 in the third.

The Adanacs had the edge in shots on goal during the game, 50-46, but time and again Victoria goalie Cameron Dunkerly proved too tough to beat, especially in the third period when Coquitlam fired 20 shots in an effort to climb back into the game.

Reid Bowering scored three goals for Coquitlam and Will Clayton had a pair of goals and four assists.

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