Young Players Impress at BC Regional Combine
For a second conservative Saturday, this time in a new decade and in British Columbia, select players took the floor for an opportunity to showcase their skill, athleticism, and lacrosse knowledge in front of Canada staff.
The British Columbia Regional Combine rosters were highlighted by the athleticism of younger players from around the province, many of whom were fresh out of Midget and using the opportunity to prepare for their first season of junior lacrosse.
“The group in British Columbia was much younger than the group we worked with in Alberta the weekend prior,” remarked Chris Fox Canada General Manager. “What they lacked in experience and structure they more than made up for in athleticism and tempo.” Fox added. Neither Team Red nor Team White was able to break double digits in scoring, with White edging Red by a score of 7-6.
Leading Team White in scoring was David Charney (2003), with 2 Goals and 2 Assists, and Trevayne Hunter, with 2 Goals and 1 Assist. Providing a physical force on defence and in transition for Team White was Alec Billings (2003) who contributed on offence with 1 Goal of his own. In goal Ashton LeClair and Justin Geddie combine for 34 Saves and were able to weather a first-half onslaught of shots for Team White. Team Red was lead on offence by Finn Halladay (2003), with 1 Goal and 2 Assists. "The core group of young players born in 2003 that were out showed that they are ready to make the jump to junior." Said Fox.
If the young players can make the jump to represent Canada at the IIJL World Junior Lacrosse Championship in August or, soon to be announced, IIJL World U17 Lacrosse Championship in October is yet to be determined. Thankfully, the BC Regional Combine provide players with a warm introduction to the process. As players prepare for their regular seasons Canada staff will enter their Summer Evaluation Period and contact players if and when they become available. Availability is based on teams making, or not making, playoffs and if/when teams are eliminated from playoffs players then become eligible to be potentially included on the Canada roster. Provided they have what the Canada staff is looking for.
The next Regional Combine will take place on Saturday January 11, 2020 at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena in Six Nations, Ontario.