Oceanside midget Derian Thompson

Oceanside midget Derian Thompson

Slow start dooms midget sharks

Box lacrosse squad unable to dig out of early hole in loss to Nanaimo; five local teams in action in Parksville Sunday

  • Apr. 28, 2016 12:00 p.m.

The Oceanside Sharks midget lacrosse team dug an early hole and was unable to climb out while suffering a 12-6 loss to Nanaimo in Vancouver Island box lacrosse play Tuesday night at Howie Meeker Arena.

Nanaimo led 5-0 when the Sharks’ Derian Thompson broke the ice with a goal late in the first period. Dawson Fyfe later added two goals and Ethan Bell had a goal and two assists as the Sharks played the visitors nearly evenly from that point on.

The Sharks were coming off a busy weekend and playing their fourth game in as many days. After winning their home opener Saturday over Cowichan Valley, the midgets traveled to Victoria Sunday for two games, including a make-up, against two Juan de Fuca teams.

Tyler Smith and Zach Weldon each added goals for the Sharks Tuesday night. Weldon and Aiden Johnson had single helpers in the loss.

Fisher Zawasky’s hat trick paced Nanaimo, which was held to one goal in the final period.

The Sharks will be back at Howie Meeker Arena Sunday to host Saanich at 4:30 p.m. That will wrap up a daylong lacrosse marathon, beginning at 10:30 a.m., featuring each of the Sharks age-group teams from tyke through midget.

— NEWS Staff