Delta Islanders junior lacrosse teams now turn their attention to a Lower Mainland playoff format, starting tonight (Tuesday) at Queen’s Park Arena.
The Junior “A” Islanders head to the Royal City to take on the New West Salmonbellies in a best-of-three opening round series that continues with game two on Wednesday at the Ladner Leisure Centre (8 p.m.). If necessary, game three would be played Friday back in New West.
The B.C. Junior “A” Lacrosse League’s abbreviated season, after COVID-19 restrictions were eased earlier this summer, concludes with a playoff between the six Lower Mainland teams. The Burnaby Lakers and Coquitlam Adanacs earned opening round byes as the top two seeds, while third seed Port Coquitlam takes on Langley in the other first round series.
The Islanders finished their seven-game exhibition run with a 1-6 record, but did manage to defeat New West 9-3 back on July 17.
The Victoria Shamrocks and Nanaimo Timbermen will conclude their seasons with a Vancouver Island series.
Meanwhile, the Islanders have earned the top playoff seed with the B.C. Junior “B” Tier One League's Lower Mainland playoffs thanks to a 6-2 record.
That gives Delta an opening round bye before the semi-finals start this weekend in Ladner. The exact date will be determined later this week, pending the outcome and length of the opening round.
The Islanders have been led this season by Silas Richmond with 34 points in six games, including 16 goals. He is taking his field lacrosse career to Bellarmine University in Kentucky in 2022 after earning a scholarship.
Keegan Kozack is also enjoying a productive season with 30 points in seven games, including a team-leading 18 goals. He is coming off an impressive freshman field campaign at Canisius College in Buffalo where he was named to the Metro Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team.