The Coquitlam Adanacs will have a new captain and some new faces when they open their Western Lacrosse Association season against the Maple Ridge Burrards, Saturday at the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.
Kevin Neufeld, who grew up playing his minor lacrosse in Coquitlam, will wear the C on his jersey. He was drafted by the Adanacs in the second round of the 2013 WLA draft after four years with the Adanacs’ Junior A team. He played for the 2010 Minto Cup champions and he was named to the 2011 Minto Cup second all-star team.
New faces on the squad include forwards Randy Jones and Matt Symes.
Jones was acquired from the Nanaimo Timbermen in April for a third-round draft pick in 2020. He had 55 points in 33 games over two seasons. Symes is a Coquitlam native who spent his rookie season in the WLA playing for the Maple Ridge Burrards where he went to the Mann Cup. He scored 11 goals and added 11 assists in 13 regular season games, then added another 11 points during the playoffs. In September, Symes was selected 21st overall in the National Lacrosse League draft by the Calgary Roughnecks.
They’ll be joined in the offensive zone by rookies Spencer Bromley, Ty Klarner and Dean Fairall.
On defence, rookies Mike Kaminsky, Quentin Pavan and Conner Stroup will bolster a core comprised of Neufeld, Jordan Catton, Mike Krgovich, Ryan Ishikawa, Sam Goodman, Greg Howren and Nick Kaputsy.
Stroup will already be a familiar face to Coquitlam lacrosse fans, as he played for the Junior A Adanacs before he was drafted in the fifth round in the 2017 WLA draft by the Langley Thunder. The senior Adanacs acquired his playing rights from the Thunder in April in exchange for the rights to Jacob Taylor.
Veteran defender Matt MacGrotty will join the Adanacs when he finishes playing for the NLL Saskatchewan Rush, who will be contesting for the league championship beginning June 4 against the Georgia Swarm.
Danny Lewis and Josh Phillips return to guard the Adanacs’ goal, although Phillips will miss three weeks of the season to play for England at the first European Box Lacrosse Championships in July.
Game time Saturday is 7 p.m.