2018 President's Cup Preview

Photo Courtesy of Naniamo Timbermen Sr. B

The 2018 President's Cup will kick off on Sunday, August 26th in Naniamo, British Columbia. This tournament will feature the eight best senior B box lacrosse teams from across Canada. All of the games from the 2018 President's Cup will be live streamed through Lacrosse All Stars.

The Naniamo Timbermen are the host team so they automatically got in as they will be one of two teams representing British Columbia. The Ladner Pioneers will be the second team representing British Columbia at the WCSLA. Representing the Can-Am Lacrosse League will be the Onondaga Redhawks. The Oakville Titans will be at President's Cup representing Ontario and the OSBLL. The Caughnawaga Indians will be representing the TNSLL and it's a wild story as to how they got the President's Cup bid. Qubec and the QSLL will be represented by the Capital Region Axemen while the St. Albert Miners will represent Alberta and the RMLL. Saskatchewan will be represented by the Saskatoon Brewers of the PGLL.

Team Previews

Naniamo Timbermen

The Naniamo Timbermen are coming into the 2018 President's Cup as the host team and the 2018 West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association (WCSLA) champions. The Timbermen went 15-3 in the regular season, thus getting a bye to the semifinals of the WCSLA playoffs. In the semifinals they defeated Victoria 3-1 in a best of five series. They would then defeat the Lander Pioneers 3-2 in the best of three series to win the 2018 WCSLA championship. 

The top three point scorers for Naniamo are Jon Diplock, Corey Shires, and Darrin Wilson. Diplock had 56 points (29G,27A) in the regular season and was in the top five of point scorers in the WCSLA. Shires put up 47 points (20G,27A) and Wilson had 45 points (17G,28G). In goal for the Timbermen Pete Dubenski and Nick Patterson would split time in the regular season and the playoffs. In the regular season Dubenski had 319 saves with an 85% save percentage. Patterson would have 184 saves with an 83% save percentage in the regular season. Naniamo will also look to see big contributions from Jeff Shattler and Cory Conway. Both played Sr.A with Victoria this year anddidn't play much Sr.B with Naniamo, but should be big impact players in the President's Cup.

Ladner Pioneers

The second team represnting British Columbia and the WCSLA are the Ladner Pioneers. The Pioneers went 12-6 in the regular season and got a bye to the semifinals in the WCSLA playoffs. In the semifinals the Pioneers defeated the Coquitlam Adanacs 3-0 in the best of five series. In the finals the Pioneers would lose 3-2 to the Naniamo Timbermen. 

Nathan Clare and Tyler Kirby lead the Pioneers and the league in scoring. Clare had 84 points (33G,51A) to lead the WCSLA in points. Kirby was third in points in the WCSLA as he had 71 points (27G,44A) during the regular season. In goal for the Pioneers Zach Wickett has played the majority of the minutes this season. Wickett had 272 saves with an 81% save percentage in the regular season. Wickett was sixth in the league in terms of save percentage. 

Onondaga Redhawks 

The Redhawks come into the 2018 President's Cup as the Can-Am Lacrosse League champions. The Redhawks would finish in third place in the regular season going 9-5. In the first round of the playoffs the Redhawks would defeat Native Sons 3-0 in the series. In the second round they would defeat the Allegany Arrows 4-2 in the series. The Redhawks would defeat the Tuscarora Tomahawks 4-2 in the finals series to capture the Can-Am Lacrosse championship.

The scoring leaders for the Redhawks are Kori Halftown, Leroy Halftown, and Cree Cathers. Kori Halftown had 44 points (19G,25A) in the regular season a she lead the team. Leroy Halftown put up 42 points (17G,25) in the regular season while Cree Cathers had 41 points (15G,26A). In goal for the Redhaks Ross Bucktooth has gotten the majority of the minutes, especially in the playoffs. There was an insufficient number of stats for Bucktooth. 

Oakville Titans

The Oakville Titans come into the 2018 President's Cup after winning the Ontario Sr. B Lacrosse League (OSBLL). The Titans went 12-4 as they finished in first place during the regular season. In the playoffs the Titans the Brookiln Merchants 3-2 in the semifinals series. They would go on to defeat Six Nations Rivermen 3-1 in the finals series to capture the OSBLL championship. 

Oakville's top scorers are Cree Blakely and Brandon Slade. In the regular season Blakely had 50 points (18G,32A) and Slade put up 42 points (12G,30A). In goal for the Titans is Craig Wende who has gotten the majority of the minutes this season. Wende had a 7.74% goals against average in the regular season. Other stats were insufficient number for Wende. 

Caughnawaga Indians

In the regular season Caughawaga went 6-10 as they finished in last place, 3rd, in the Three Nations Senior Lacrosse League (TNSLL). In the playoffs they won the first round series 3-1 over the Muskies. In the finals they would have to face number one St. Regis Braves. Because of an incident that involved a St. Regis player knocking out a referee in the first game of the series St. Regis was disqualified. That result ended in Caughnawaga winning the finals and advancing to the President's Cup.

The top point scorers for Caughawaga are Jacob Ruest, Vaughn Harris, and Joe Hall. During the regular season Ruest had 37 points (15G,22A) while Harris had 35 points (21G,14A). Hall would have 33 points (14G,19A) in the regular season. Ty Thompson and Adam Bomberry should also make impacts as they both played in the playoffs. In goal for Caughnawaga is Ni McComber who had 142 saves with a 33% save percentage. Brandon Miller has also played a lot for Caughnawaga has he played in three regular season games and three playoff games.

Capital Region Axemen

The Axemen come into the President's Cup after winning the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League championship as the top seed. In the regular season the Axemen went 12-1 in the regular season as they were number one in the QSLL. In the playoffs they defeated the Kahnawake Mohawks 2-0 in the finals series to capture the championship and a President's Cup birth.

The top three points scorers for the Axmen are also the top three in the league. During the regular season Blake Kenny had 74 points (34G,40A) while Mark Vradenburg had 48 points (18G,30A). Tim Bergen would put up 45 points (13G,32A) during the regular season. In goal for the Axemen Chris Chuback and Brett Perras split time this season. In the regular season Chuback had 101 saves with an 86% save percentage while Perras had 196 saves with an 83% save percentage. Perras would get the majority of the minutes in the playoffs.

St. Albert Miners

Coming off a Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League (RMLL) championship the Miners will be representing Alberta at the President's Cup. The Miners went 16-1 in the regular season as they earned the top spot. In the playoffs they would defeat the Warriors, Knights, and Mountaineers to capture the RMLL championship. 

The leading point scorers for the Miners are Richard Lachlan and Mike Triolo. Lachlan lead the league in points during the regular season with 103(51G,52A). Triolo was the second leading point scorer in the league with 99 (50G,49A). In goal for the Miners Brady Johnson and Matt Hiebert have split time this season. In the regular season Johnson had 28 saves with an 82% save percentage while Hiebert had 41 saves with an 84% save percentage. 

Saskatoon Brewers

The Prairie Gold Lacrosse League (PGLL) champions will be representing Saskatchewan at the President's Cup. The Brewers went 14-0 in the regular season as they were the top team in the league. In the playoffs they beat the Steelers in the first round and the Heat in the finals to capture the PGLL championship.

Saskatoon's leading scorers are Adam Saunders and Brandon Murphy. In the regular season Saunders had 78 points (30G,48A) while Murphy had 53 points (23G,30A). Ryan Wahobin and Louden Choptuik split time in cage during the regular season. However, Choptuik would get the nod in the playoffs. There were no goalie stats available. 

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