Buccaneers big on effort
They may be short-benched, but they’re big on effort.
Oceanside’s two field lacrosse teams were at work last week, working on their games under the Buccaneers banner.
In action in Campbell River Oct. 5 in a battle of unbeatens, the U16 Buccaneers had to work hard to salvage a split against the North Island Rage.
Already slim in numbers and missing their starting goalie with no subs, the Bucs lost game one 13-5, then bounced back with a big 10-5 win in game two.
“For our first game we had a rough start — we started off with just enough runners,” Buccaneers’ co-coach Derek Gaughan said after. “But everyone stepped up. It was a real team effort, our midfielders were running strong.”
A hard-fought game between two good teams, the hometown Rage brought a full contingent.
Bucs’ attack Chase Van Dyke opened the scoring both games, but was sidelined midway through the second quarter. Midfielder Ian Whibley moved up to the attack position for both games, and strapped on the speedy cleats for game two, leading the Bucs’ in scoring along with Shamus Koughan. Erik Thompson was terrific in the net.
Coach Gaughan also had props for big sticks Taylor Hutchin, Cole Haider and Sterling McCullough “who shut down the North Island attack in the second game. They were phenomenal.”
In the meantime, “we’re still struggling to get enough guys out for a solid roster, so if anyone’s interested in playing we’re still looking for players.”
The draw leaves the Buccaneers and Rage tied for top spot in their Vancouver Island Field Lacrosse league at 5-1 and looking to settle the score in the playoffs.
The U16 Bucs have a two week break with their next test at Springwood Park Sunday, Oct. 27 when they take to the field against the top Tier I Vic Field Titans. Games go at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
“Most if not all of these players attend Claremont or Spectrum high schools where there is a daily lacrosse program as part of their school, so we will be in tough, but welcome the higher competition,” said team manager Tim Clermont.
IN U13 ACTION
The Young Bucs, who are slotted in Tier 2, were in tough at Springwood Park Oct. 6 when they hosted the Tier 1 Mid Island Lightening, in exhibition action.
As expected, the Buccaneers came up short on the scores, but it was the experience they were after.
“I think our team was a bit intimidated,” Bucs’ coach Jim Miller assessed, pointing out “more than half of our team (of 14) are U12s.
“Our emphasis is never on the score, it’s how we play, how much effort we put in and how hard we try, and I think that’s where the enjoyment of the game comes from. It wasn’t a particularly rough game but I think players were just a bit intimidated by the talent of the other team, because they’re a very good team.
“We need that because it elevates our game, and what I wanted them to do was look at it as an opportunity to get better.”
Earning props for his play and the Bucs player of the game was attack Taylor Kelloway.
The U13s Bucs made the trip down Island on Saturday for a leaguer against Vic Field.