The Oceanside Buccaneers field lacrosse club is putting out a call for players.
“We are trying to get a U16 Buccaneers field team declared and need three more players to sign up by the end of this week,” longtime local coach Tim Clermont said this week.
The season starts next weekend.
Any players interested in signing up for field lacrosse (boys or girls) can pick up registration forms at Oceanside Place or Jim’s Gym.
The Buccaneers practice Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-7:30 p.m. at Arrowview School where there will also be sign up forms for kids 15-16.
“The U14 team is also looking for more players and have declared a team with kids 12-14 years old.”
Joining the Bucs in the role of coach this season is Derek Gaughan and Evan Tuck, who helped led Oceanside’s Midget B box team to an Island title and a bronze medal at the provincials in Coquitlam July 24-26.
Hopes of a gold medal slipped away in game four at the provincial playdowns where they lost a 6-5 heartbreaker in double overtime to the Langley Thunder, a team they had beaten earlier in the season, and who went on to win the gold medal.
“The boys and coaches were devastated as this was only our second loss in 27 games,” said coach Clermont. “They came out strong the next day and beat last year’s gold medal team Shuswap 6-5 to win the bronze medal.”
Luke Russi was the Buc’s MVP, scoring 18 goals in five games, and Eric Johnson was the Sharks’ Warrior Fair Play recipient.
“We won our pool winning the first three games, then after the tiring ceremonies (sitting around) came out a bit flat in the cross over game. That game was exciting, but we did not play our best. We were happy with the medal but all thought we should have won the gold,” said Clermont, adding “now many of the same boys want to win the field banner like we did two years ago, but we need more kids to sign up.”
For more information about Buccaneers field lacrosse call Clermont at 250-616-6793.