PoCo Saints go east for new players

The Port Coquitlam Saints looked mostly to the east to stock its roster at the recent BC Junior A Lacrosse League’s entry draft.

The Saints picked two first-year junior-aged players from Ridge Meadows and three from Mission, along with another from Saanich and Nico Fatur Tommsel from Port Moody.

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The annual draft allows the league’s eight teams to pick players from communities without a BCJALL club.

The Coquitlam Adanacs did not have a selection in this year’s draft.

With its first pick, and second overall in the draft, the Saints plucked Brayden Laity from Ridge Meadows Burrards that won a silver medal at the Midget box lacrosse provincial championships last July and where he won his team’s fair play award.

The Saints then selected Jake Downey, from Mission, with its second pick in the first round — seventh overall — that had been acquired in a trade last year with the Victoria Shamrocks.

PoCo also went to Mission for its pick in the second round, Matthew Collis, as well as third round selection, Ethan Self. They then took Riley Gains, from Saanich, with a second pick in the third round acquired from the Adanacs.

Andrew Steinmann, from Ridge Meadows, was the team’s fourth-round selection while Fatur Tommsel was picked in the fifth round.

The team did not have a selection in the sixth round of the draft, which was comprised of 48 total players.

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