The Oceanside Sharks Midget B lacrosse team clinched two banners this season and will be gunning for their third one when they compete at the provincial championships in Langley July 25-28.
The Sharks finished the Vancouver Island Midget Lacrosse League with a record of 13 wins, two losses and a tie to finish on top of the standings out of seven teams.
In the playoffs, the Sharks got a bye in the first round. They took on the Saanich Tigers in the second round on July 7-8 in a best-of-three series for the chance to advance to the Island championships.
In the first game, the Sharks tamed the Tigers 12-4 with Brenden Jamieson sparking the offence with five goals.
The other scorers for the Sharks were Ben Tisdelle with two goals, and Euan Morrison, Blake Beatty, Kohl Krastel, Koen O’Connell and Dain Lewis each netting a goal.
In the second game, the Sharks’ bite was just lethal as they crushed the Tigers 15-4 to advance to the Island championships.
Jamieson was again the top scorer for the Sharks netting seven goals. Elloyt Cain, Beatty, and O’Connell had two goals apiece, while Tisdelle and Angelo Zanchetta had a goal each.
At the Islands, the Sharks took on Port Alberni at Kerry Park Arena on July 14.
It was a close game with the Sharks protecting a slim 3-2 after the first. Alberni was able to square things 4-4 in the second but the Sharks poured it on to end the frame with a 9-4 lead.
In the final period, the Sharks never let up and added three more goals to seal the win, 12-4. Jamieson and Krastel led the Sharks with each recording a hat trick, with two goals coming from Beatty and Tisdelle. O’Connell and Lewis each had a goal.
Following the game, the Sharks were presented with their two banners as Vancouver Island Lacrosse League and Vancouver Island Lacrosse championships.
The Sharks are now preparing for the midget provincials.
Last year, the Sharks took home the silver.
“Our goal for this year is to bring home the gold,” said head coach Dave Jamieson, who credits team effort as the key to their success this season.
“We have a group of boys that have put in a lot of hard work and have learned to play well together,” said Jamieson. “It’s a team effort on the floor every game.”