Outmatched Buccaneers learn a lot

Tier 2 Oceanside team lost two games to the Tier 1 Vic Field Titans over the weekend

The Buccaneers' Shamus Koughan crashes through the Titans' defence Sunday in field lacrosse action.

Oceanside’s Tier 2 U16 Buccaneers field lacrosse team was at home, in tough but the better for it on Sunday, dropping a two game set to the Tier 1 Vic Field Titans, made up primarily of Clermont High School Lacrosse Academy players.

“We were in tough, but they’re not even in the same league as us, they’re a tier above us, so we knew that going in,” Bucs’ co-coach Evan Tuck said after the game.

In Vancouver Island Youth Field Lacrosse the lack of Tier 1 teams at this level — there are only three — means they are grouped with Tier 2 teams during the regular season.

“Our team played well. It gave us a better point of view of what we need to work on as a team,” said Tuck. “We had some pretty good goals, our defence got a good workout, our goalie faced a lot of shots, and we were able to learn a lot.”

“Today was a great learning day for them all.”

The Titans remain undefeated and are the favourite to take the Tier 1 Island title.

The U16 Buccaneers are about  halfway though their season and Tuck said things are looking up, from here on they’re playing mostly Tier 2 teams, “so we’re working hard to make the playoffs and hopefully we’ll get into the provincials.”

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