Frigid weather only thing cooling off U15 Footmen

Tier II squad wins league championship but this weekend's provincials in Nanaimo cancelled

This week’s frigid temperatures is the only thing that could cool off the Delta Footmen.

After a stellar run in Pacific Coast Field Lacrosse League U15 Tier II play, an opportunity to win gold has been denied with this weekend’s Provincial Field Lacrosse Championships for U15 and U13 Tier I and Tier II teams being cancelled due to the weather.

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Mother Nature, however, couldn’t get in the way of what this team has accomplished in the last five months. 

Delta wrapped up its schedule with a home field win over the Chilliwack Hawks in late January to secure first place with a 9-2-1 record. 

A talented coaching staff combined with plenty of dedication and hard work has resulted in each player flourishing throughout the campaign. 

The first and second years bonded to create a team that was united on and off the field and pushed each other towards success during practices and games.

Veteran coaches Derek Murrell and Ross Frehlick brought structure to the practices, while Vancouver Warriors’ hometown star Logan Schuss’ provided undeniable knowledge of the game and the ability to captivate the players attention and focus during practices and games. Young coaches and local lacrosse standouts Sam Clare, Jon Phillips and Evan Messenger relayed their personal love for the game through one-on-one interaction with the players to help them develop to the best of their abilities. Michael Squarek rounded out the staff.

“Throughout the season we have developed individual abilities and team systems. As a coach, I have been very pleased with every players compete level and their desire to learn,” said Schuss. “I feel that each player has developed their skill level to a whole new level while implementing team success. 

“We have a very unique group of young men who enjoy their time together as a team and it shows each practice and game. I’ve had a blast coaching this year!”

The Footmen's success was due to a team that meshed well together and leaned on a few “go-to guys” that helped solidify the first place place finish. Goaltender Evan Neaves had a great season in only his second-year in net, Silas Richmond ran the attack with a solid showing in every game. He played with support from Davis Granum, Theo Turpie and Robert Sheldrick. 

The middle line was captained by Matt Burt, Cian Currivan, Cameron Squarek and supported by Jack Rooyakkers. A few impressive first-year players included Carter Torok, Brayden Johnston and Tony Luey with his lightning speed and rock solid hits.

A great offense is nothing without the backing of a solid defence. 

Led by Reece Palmer, the big sticks took control, limiting opponents’ ability to strike due in part to sharp stick skills from Logan Mullis — along with Jordan Herd, the imposing stature of Lars Delmar, Brad Jansen and late season support from Tavis Bott as he came into his own as an LSM and big stick when needed.

If there was an award for heart and most improved it would be split between Arsh Pannu and Nathan Gao as they worked so hard and always had smiles on their faces. True team players!

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