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October 3, 2013Islanders add Head Coach

The Delta Islanders Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce, the addition of Greg Rennie as the Jr. A Head Coach and Assistant General Manager.

Greg, who is a Ladner native, returns to the club after coaching the Richmond Intermediate A team for the past 3 seasons. During those 3 seasons, the team finished first or second in league play, won the League Championship in 2012 and made the Provincial Championships all 3 years. With his wealth of coaching experience, and the expected talent pool to work with, we look forward to working with Greg to bring a Minto Cup to the Delta Islander Club.

Greg's other big attribute is his recruiting of players from around the province, and as the Assistant GM we will be working hard together to improve the overall Int. A program, which also strengthens the future of the Jr. A team.

We are very confident in his abilities and his commitment and look forward to preparing for the upcoming 2014 season.

Bruce Davidson,
President/General Manager
Delta Islander Jr. A & Int. A Lacrosse Club



September 26, 2013Management Changes

The Delta Islanders JrA & IntA organization is pleased to announce the follwing changes for the 2014 season following their AGM on September 23, 2013.

Gary McBride has resigned as the President of the Club, but will remain with the organization and has been elected as Governor. We are extemely pleased that Bruce Davidson has been elected to the role as President of the Club. He will also continue in his role as the General Manager.

We would also like to that Shaun Springett has been relieved of his Head Coaching position. We would like to thank Shaun for his time and dedication during his time with Delta and wish him luck in his future endeavors.



May 19, 2013Islanders and Adanacs in War on the Floor!
By Merrick Parnell

The Delta Islanders lose on the road to the Coquitlam Adanacs 7-5, but remain in first place.

The Delta Islanders and Coquiltlam Adanacs faced off to do battle in another installment of the "War on the Floor." Delta entered into the contest with a 4-1 record. Coquitlam entered with a record of 2-2.

The Islanders hit the floor eager to showcase their high-powered offensive arsenal, and move past their loss to the Victoria Shamrocks on Sunday, May 12th. Ryland Hood got the nod in net again for the Islanders and has been consistent between the pipes since he was called up from the Intermediate Richmond Roadrunners earlier this season.

Davide DiRuscio, the 3rd year Adanac, started in goal for Coquitlam, in a game that would be a fierce goaltending battle from the opening whistle. Tyler Garrison returned to the Adanac roster after a successful season with the Washington Stealth in the National Lacrosse League.

The game got off to an explosive start, as both teams moved as a blistering pace, dishing out big hits along the way. Both teams played sound defense, setting up a rampart around the crease.

The Adanacs would get on the board first, scoring on a goal from Matt Symes at 3:37. Coquitlam would score again at the 3:42 mark. Delta would answer at 4:47 with a Tyler Nett goal, assisted by Mike Henry and Cody Nass. The first frame ended with a 2-1 Adanac lead.

In the 2nd period, the Islanders turned on the jets, with great transition play, led by the hustle of Alex Morghese. Coquitlam would mount several fast break attempts, strafing the Islanders crease with a barrage of shots. Ryland Hood would come up with several huge saves, prompting loud cheers from the Islander’s bench and fans.

"I thought it was a good defensive battle between two good teams. Both DiRuscio and Hood played well. Both teams played well defensively. I thought both Offences could have executed better. We didn't seem to be clicking," said Islander Coach Shaun Springett.

Both clubs would score 3 goals in the 2nd period. Tyler Nett, Cody Nass and Evan Messenger would find the back of the net for the Islanders. Chase McIntyre would score 2 out of the 3 goals, or Coquitlam, the other came from Jordan Giles. Delta cut down the lead and trailed by just one goal. The score at the end of the 2nd frame was 5-4 Adanacs.

The Adanacs would score two more times, early in the 3rd period to go up 7-4.

Delta would score once, late in the period on a goal from Eli McLaughlin at 19:00. The game ended with a 7-5 Coquitlam victory.

"I was pretty fired up for the game, knowing Coquitlam would be a tough team. It was a good fight but we were missing a few aspects of our game that let us fall behind. I felt I wasn't fully in the zone," said Islander Goalie Ryland Hood.

The Islanders return to action this Saturday, as they square off against the New Westminster Salmonbellies at home. The last meeting of the two sides led to a 13-9 win after an offensive surge in the 2nd and 3rd periods at Queens Park Arena during week two of the 2013 campaign.

"Overall we are 4-2 and in first place, which I am happy about, and our 2 losses came in Coquitlam and Victoria. Those are the only times we play in those arena's [in league play] this year, they [Victoria and Coquitlam] come to our arena for the other 2 times we play them." Commented Coach Springett.

Game time for this Saturday vs. New Westminster is set for 7:30 at the Ladner Arena.

© Copyright (c) Merrick Parnell



May 17, 2013Islanders Defeated on the Road in a Defensive Skirmish
By Merrick Parnell

The Delta Islanders remain unbeaten after besting the New Westminster Salmonbellies, 13-9 on the road at Queens Park Arena.

The Delta Islanders took their 2-0 season start into the historic Queens Park Arena to take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies, who started the season with a 2-1 reccord. New Westminster started the year with a loss to Victoria on the road to open the season, but picked up 2 wins against Coquitlam and Nanaimo. The last meeting between the two clubs was the last game of the exhibition season, when New Westminster came from behind to win.

Both sides surged with electricity out of their tunnels to take the famous green hardwood floor, ready to get the contest underway. The Arena was filled with a buzzing energy as fans and players eagerly awaited this "Prize Fight" between two league "Heavyweights."

Delta opened the game with tenacious defense throwing the Salmonbellies off their groove. With a dynamic transition game and sharp passing the Islanders flew down the floor into the New Westminster zone with ease. Delta scored first with in the opening minute as Tyler Nett buried a shot after taking a pass from Eli McLaughlin. Delta would find the back of the net again at 7:50 with a goal from Cody Nass to go up 2-0.

Ryland Hood the 2nd year intermediate player made his Jr. "A" debut as he started in goal for the Islanders after being called up last week. Hood was solid in net making several huge saves on the night and stonewalling several Bellies breakaway chances.

"I was super fired up for the game, I heard the Islanders lost in exhibition so that gave me a lot of motivation and inspiration," said Hood.

New Westminster utilized their fast paced offense, recording 22 shots on net in the 1st period and scoring three goals, at 14:54, at 16:65 and 19:25. The first period ended with a 3-2 New Westminster lead.

The 2nd period started out close, but Delta went to work, scoring 6 goals, 4 of them unanswered. In the other corner, New Westminster began unraveling as they committed 5 penalties, 3 of those were Unsportsmanlike Conducts taken out of frustration by the Salmonbellies. The frequent trips to the penalty box, gave the Islanders great scoring chances on the Power Play. Delta would stay composed and disciplined and would have just 1 penalty in the 2nd period of play.

"We have a process we call Islander Ball, we are going to play, how we want to play.

When they [New Westminster] went on their run, we were composed; we knew it [success] would come if we kept going with the process. When good things started to come us, they dropped." Commented Delta Head Coach Shaun Springett.

The period ended with a 6-4 Islander lead, with goals from Cody Nass at 5:17, Eli McLaughlin at 12:00, Tyler Nett 12:40, along with another from McLaughlin (13:27) , Evan Messenger and Jon Phillips also scored in the frame at 14:07 and 15:14.

The Salmonbellies would light the lamp 4 times in the 2nd on two goals from Quinn Smith at 1:01 and 7:43 and 1 each from Kyle Dobbie at 8:09 and 1 from Jakob Doucet.

Delta would continue their offensive barrage, hammering the Bellies with 5 goals in the 3rd. Eli McLaughlin and Tyler Nett picked up their 3rd goals of the night for a hat trick. Delta Islander Alex Morghese scored his first goal as an Islander this season at 19:28.

"It was a lose ball, I saw it and had to burry it, It was a good team goal!" Said Morghese.

Morghese's goal was the knockout punch that closed the door to give the Islanders a decisive 13-9 win on the road, extending their undefeated record. The Islanders will play the 1-1 Port Coquitlam Saints. On may 11th, with a 7:30 start at Sungod Arena.



May 13, 2013Islanders outwork Saints - Win 9-5
By Merrick Parnell

The Islanders take the show on the road, but this time just across town.

Playing in Delta"s Sungod Arena definitely has its perks, but Internet connection isn't one of them—thus no broadcast.

The game featured visiting Po Co Saints who have a record of 2-1 while the Islanders sport a perfect 3-0 record through the first three games of this early season.

The pre-game featured a showcase display of North Delta Hawks mini-tyke players who greeted the Islanders when entering the game for pre-game ceremonies, which unto itself was impressive to watch Both teams sport a run-and-gun style, but it was the Saints that got on the board first off the stick of Goodwin at 6:24 with helpers from Knuttila and Wiseman.

The Islanders continued to press but were shut down by solid "tending" from Garrett Spann who faced 11 shots through one period.

Po Co got nailed for a four minute CFB only to see the Islanders McLaughlin called for Interference a minute and eleven seconds later.

Playing four on four saw the Islanders get on the board making it a 2-1 game.

Captain Henry had several chances close-in, but managed to see Messenger capitalize on the first PP at 19:10 after being set up from Henry closing the period off with a 2-1 score. Shots after one were 13—11 in Delta"s favor.

The second continued a run-and-gun style with both clubs trading penalties, only to have Po Co get their third of the game at 7:04 with Knuttila making it a 3-1 game.

Islanders Cody Nass got them within one after grabbing a rebound from Henry at 9:02 making it 3-2.

The Islanders continued to press getting two 31 second apart making it a 4-3 game.

The Saints replied back at 18:54 as Goodwin got his second of the night seeing the period end tied at four.

Shots after two periods had Delta outshooting the Saints by an edge of 27-24.

The third saw the Islanders explode for five goals allowing the Saints to manage only one at the mid-way point of the period.

The Islanders grabbed markers from McLaughlin (three goals), Moroz and the second of the game from Nass.

Albeit a short lived goal Po Co got one back at 13:47 off the stick of Chan getting them within two.

With frustration setting in both teams were assessed minors with 49 seconds left, which was more of a "control call" by the officials, only due to the score in the contest.

Delta rounded out the final score of the game by a 9-5 margin having them out shoot the Saints by a 38-34 total through three periods.

The game was entertaining and for those attending they were treated to great Junior A Lacrosse action at Delta's show palace—the Sungod Arena.

McLaughlin managed four goals on the night with Messenger managed a pair.

Thanks to North Delta Minor Lacrosse for playing host to the Islanders.

The Islanders next home game is May 15th at the Ladner Leisure Centre as they take on the New West Salmonbellies.

Make plans on attending the next Islanders home game.



May 7, 2013Islanders stay unbeaten with win over 'Bellies
By Merrick Parnell

The Delta Islanders remain unbeaten after besting the New Westminster Salmonbellies, 13-9 on the road at Queens Park Arena.

The Delta Islanders took their 2-0 season start into the historic Queens Park Arena to take on the New Westminster Salmonbellies, who started the season with a 2-1 reccord. New Westminster started the year with a loss to Victoria on the road to open the season, but picked up 2 wins against Coquitlam and Nanaimo. The last meeting between the two clubs was the last game of the exhibition season, when New Westminster came from behind to win.

Both sides surged with electricity out of their tunnels to take the famous green hardwood floor, ready to get the contest underway. The Arena was filled with a buzzing energy as fans and players eagerly awaited this "Prize Fight" between two league "Heavyweights."

Delta opened the game with tenacious defense throwing the Salmonbellies off their groove. With a dynamic transition game and sharp passing the Islanders flew down the floor into the New Westminster zone with ease. Delta scored first with in the opening minute as Tyler Nett buried a shot after taking a pass from Eli McLaughlin. Delta would find the back of the net again at 7:50 with a goal from Cody Nass to go up 2-0.

Ryland Hood the 2nd year intermediate player made his Jr. "A" debut as he started in goal for the Islanders after being called up last week. Hood was solid in net making several huge saves on the night and stonewalling several Bellies breakaway chances.

"I was super fired up for the game, I heard the Islanders lost in exhibition so that gave me a lot of motivation and inspiration," said Hood.

New Westminster utilized their fast paced offense, recording 22 shots on net in the 1st period and scoring three goals, at 14:54, at 16:65 and 19:25. The first period ended with a 3-2 New Westminster lead.

The 2nd period started out close, but Delta went to work, scoring 6 goals, 4 of them unanswered. In the other corner, New Westminster began unraveling as they committed 5 penalties, 3 of those were Unsportsmanlike Conducts taken out of frustration by the Salmonbellies. The frequent trips to the penalty box, gave the Islanders great scoring chances on the Power Play. Delta would stay composed and disciplined and would have just 1 penalty in the 2nd period of play.

"We have a process we call Islander Ball, we are going to play, how we want to play.

When they [New Westminster] went on their run, we were composed; we knew it [success] would come if we kept going with the process. When good things started to come us, they dropped." Commented Delta Head Coach Shaun Springett.

The period ended with a 6-4 Islander lead, with goals from Cody Nass at 5:17, Eli McLaughlin at 12:00, Tyler Nett 12:40, along with another from McLaughlin (13:27) , Evan Messenger and Jon Phillips also scored in the frame at 14:07 and 15:14.

The Salmonbellies would light the lamp 4 times in the 2nd on two goals from Quinn Smith at 1:01 and 7:43 and 1 each from Kyle Dobbie at 8:09 and 1 from Jakob Doucet.

Delta would continue their offensive barrage, hammering the Bellies with 5 goals in the 3rd. Eli McLaughlin and Tyler Nett picked up their 3rd goals of the night for a hat trick. Delta Islander Alex Morghese scored his first goal as an Islander this season at 19:28.

"It was a lose ball, I saw it and had to burry it, It was a good team goal!" Said Morghese.

Morghese's goal was the knockout punch that closed the door to give the Islanders a decisive 13-9 win on the road, extending their undefeated record. The Islanders will play the 1-1 Port Coquitlam Saints. On may 11th, with a 7:30 start at Sungod Arena.




April 27, 2013Islanders open season with win over Burnaby
By Merrick Parnell
The Delta Islanders opened their regular season with a dominating 15-4 home win over the Burnaby Lakers.

It had been just 7 days since the Delta Islanders and Burnaby Lakers last did battle, in the first exhibition game of the 2013 season. It was a game that the Islanders won 20-10 at Ladner Arena.

"The last time we played these guys [Burnaby] we had a pretty assorted roster with a lot of intermediate players line up and we played 3 goalies. Tonight I wanted us to find ourselves and get in a groove." Said Coach Shaun Springett.

The Islanders scored the first goal of the game at 1:41 on a Brandon Moroz goal, assisted by Jon Phillips and Evan Messenger.

Burnaby would take a 5 min boarding call at 1:52 in the first which lead to 2 Islander power play goals from Tyler Nett and Cody Nass. Delta would score 3 more times in the period from Mike Henry, Eli McLaughlin and another from Tyler Nett. Burnaby would not score until 16:39 on a Trenton Matsuzaki Power Play Goal.

The Islanders would continue their air raid in the 2nd, bombing 5 goals past Laker goalie Jack Woodhouse. Burnaby would score just twice in the period on a goal from Michael Bertoia at 52 seconds and a power play goal from Alex Millin at 7:07.

The objective of finding a groove was certainly accomplished by the Islanders, as they would dominate the rest of the game with 4 more goals in the 3rd. The Lakers would make a goaltender switch in the final frame, inserting Douglas Owen. Burnaby would score just one goal in the period.

Matt Keith had a great game in net for the Islanders, making 23 saves on the night, and picking up his first win in Junior A. Keith was called up from the Intermediate Islanders squad this season.

"Keith is a solid good goalie, he stops the outside shots, and takes away the inside stuff, and that’s exactly what I want out of our goalies." Said Islander coach Shaun Springett.

Cody Nass lead all Islanders in goal scoring with his 5-goal performance. "I knew we had a strong game against Burnaby in the exhibition, and we wanted to come out hard tonight and get the lead right away, and prove to the league that we are a good team this year." Nass commented.

Brandon Moroz, Mike Henry, and Eli McLaughlin all had 2 goals for the Islanders, and Evan Messenger had one on the night. Mike Henry led in the assist category with 4.

The Islanders will head out on the road to Vancouver Island to take on the Nanaimo Timbermen, next Saturday, may 4th. Nanaimo lost 12-9 to the Coquitlam Adanacs on Saturday, April 27.




April 23, 2013Islanders drop final exhibition game
By Merrick Parnell
New Westminster, B.C- The Delta Islanders end the exhibition season with a 10-8 loss to the New Westminster Salmonbellies, on Tuesday Night.

The historic Queens Park Arena in New Westminster was the site for the final exhibition game for the Delta Islanders as they took on the Salmonbellies Delta was coming off a 20-10 win last week against the Burnaby Lakers and hoped to keep momentum chugging along as they took on the Salmonbellies.

As Championship banners dating back to the 1930's hung high in the archaic rafters above ancient rugged wooden floors, so did the spirits of the Islanders as they energetically took the floor.

The 'Bellies drew first blood, scoring at 1:53 into the contest. As the "War on the Floor
waged on, New Westminster took a high sticking penalty, which lead to a Mike Henry power-play- goal half way through the period.

New Westminster would answer with a goal of their own, 45 seconds later, to take the lead 2-1. The two teams would exchange goals and the 1st period would end at 3 all.

The second period was all Delta, scorching 5 more goals past New Westminster. The ‘Bellies however, would score three goals in the second to end the period trailing the Islanders 6-8.

New Westminster made a goalie change to start the 3rd period halting the chugging, steady momentum of the Delta Islander lacrosse locomotive.

The ‘Bellies surged to take the lead after scoring four goals to win 10-8.

New Westminster ended the game with 46 shots on net compared to Delta’s 38. Matt Keith got the start in net for the Islanders and saved 36 shots.

"We played 40 minuets of good ball tonight, and you saw when they [The Salmonbellies] went on a run, we were not able to deal with it. But for two periods, our offense was good, but it dried up in the 3rd," said Delta Coach Shaun Springett.

Delta will open their season Saturday, April 27th Vs the Burnaby Lakers at the Ladner Arena. Game time is 7:30




February 27, 20132013 WLA Draft--Delta Islanders Have Nine Selected
Logan Schuss goes 2nd overall
The Western Lacrosse Association held its annual draft at the Langley Events Centre with expectations running high for all clubs.

The draft continues to be a success for not only the growth in the area, but also the promotion of the sport at all levels of the game.

Prior to the official start, the room was a buzz with the normal meet and greet from upcoming stars from Family and Friends to past Coaches and numerous volunteers who help grow the sport. The event was sold out with everyone waiting to see if they were the one selected first or just selected. Teams discuss various needs they require, regardless of offense or defense or event the possibility of grabbing a "tender".

The draft order is pre-determined by the league and teams prior to the draft itself, with this year’s first selection going to the Maple Ridge Burrards. Each selection has two minutes to announce the choice, but the first selection never required any length of time. The selection was Ben McIntosh from the 2012 Minto Cup Finalists, the Coquitlam Junior "A" Adanacs.

The second selection belonged to New West who selected Logan Schuss of the Islanders. He has played exceptional in his time with the squad and he clearly has aspirations of making it to play in the MLL.

Logan returns home from Ohio State in June to work and spend quality time with his Family as well as play with the Junior Islanders. This was Logan's second draft in less than a month as he was selected 11th overall by the Ohio Machine in the Major Lacrosse League collegiate draft.

For several years the Islanders organization focused on the growth of the sport at the Junior level. To continue, they were focused to look "outside the box" in order to score with the fans and the community of Delta.

This year the Islanders had nine players selected overall.

Mike Mallory was taken 8th overall by Maple Ridge; Cody Hawkins was 12th and went to Coquitlam.

Other players who were picked in other rounds were Hamish Brindel (3rd round to Burnaby), Matt Zinn (4th round/New West), Chris Jones (8th round/Maple Ridge), Sean O'Neil (8th round/Burnaby), Nick Kozuback (10th round/Burnaby) and Jamie Malanfant (11th round/Burnaby).

The selection was finished in less than two hours with all teams getting the players they feel with bolster the respective roster.

Islanders Head Coach Shaun Springett stated "the draft has some great top end offensive players and for selected have worked hard to achieve success at the junior level." He continued "this shows the commitment of the Delta Islanders to not only the players, but also to the community where they play."

Congratulations to the WLA on a successful 2013 draft

by S. Erickson




February 5, 2013WLA Draft
On February 4, 2012 the Western Lacrosse Association held their entry draft for the 2012 graduating Jr A players. The draft was held at the Langley Events Centre in Langley and featured a draft consisting of 11 rounds.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, General Manager and Coaching staff, we would like to congratulate the following graduating players for being selected in the WLA Draft. We are extremely excited and wish them well in the next stage of their lacrosse careers.

First Round.
2. New Westminster - Logan Schuss – Delta Jr A Islanders

Second Round
1. Maple Ridge - Mike Mallory - Delta Jr A Islanders
5. Coq. - Cody Hawkins - Delta Jr A Islanders

Third Round
1. Burnaby - Hamish Brindel - Delta Jr A Islanders

Fourth Round.
3. New West. - Matt Zinn - Delta Jr A Islanders

Eighth Round
1. Maple Ridge - Chris Jones - Delta Jr A Islanders
4. Burnaby - Sean O’Neill - Delta Jr A Islanders

Tenth Round
4. Burnaby - Nicholas Kozuback - Delta Jr A Islanders

Eleventh Round
4. Burnaby - Jamie Malanfant - Delta Jr A Islanders


February 1, 2013Clare cleans up at SFU Lacrosse awards night
Ladner's Sam Clare had his hands full at the SFU Maple Leaf awards dinner, held recently at the Hilton Hotel Metrotown.
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


In its seventh year, the banquet celebrates Canada's national sport acknowledging, graduating seniors, incoming freshmen, the SFU Lacrosse 2012 team award winners, PNCLL All-conference, MCLA All American league honours recipients, plus scholar athletes and the prestigious Chris Friesen Memorial Award in honour of the late young player.

Master of Ceremonies - the Team 1040's Scott Rintoul - got to know Clare well as he visited the awards stage six times.

As a freshman midfielder last season, the Vancouver College graduate racked up 34 goals - prompting his first and second visits to the stage where he received the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL) Division One Freshman of the Year and PNCLL All-Conference First Team awards. This was followed by the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) All America award.

The Delta Junior "A" Islander standout also received the SFU Freshman and Offensive player of the year awards. His most treasured honour of the evening was the Friesen Memorial Award.

"This award is very precious to me, it is a great honour to be recognized like this and I will live up to everyone's expectations," said Clare in his acceptance speech. "If you work hard, practice hard and play hard, you can achieve incredible results and satisfaction.

" I played field Lacrosse with Chris as a member of the U16 Team B.C. program and was stunned at his sudden passing".

The 2013 SFU Field Lacrosse season starts Saturday with a visit to Washington State University.

SFU's home opener weekend is Feb. 9-10 against Western Washington and Oregon State respectively. Both games begin at 1 p.m.

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February 1, 2013Islander snipers at the top of WLA draft list
Junior "A" lacrosse club welcomes Midget age prospects as it gets set to say goodbye to 2012 graduating class
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


Ladner's Logan Schuss is expected to be among the top selections in Monday's Western Lacrosse Association draft. The Ohio State University standout was taken 11th overall in the recent Major Lacrosse League draft. A week after welcoming in a new crop of talent, the Delta Islanders will officially be saying goodbye to three of their best players in franchise history on Tuesday night.

The club stockpiled a number of prospects when the B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League conducted its midget draft for the first time in two years last Sunday. The Islanders will be in great shape if even one of those prospects can come close to the team's 2012 graduating class.

Logan Schuss, Mike Mallory and Cody Hawkins all had leading roles in Delta reaching last summer's league championship series. All three will be among the top selections in Monday's Western Lacrosse Association draft.

For Schuss, this will be his second draft in less than a month.

The homegrown product, who is in his senior year playing field lacrosse at Ohio State University, was selected 11th overall by the Ohio Machine in Major Lacrosse League collegiate draft. Schuss will have to fulfill is committed with the Buckeyes before joining the Machine.

He has put up huge numbers during his three years at the Columbus, Ohio campus, earning Third-Team All-American honours as a junior. His career point totals (165) currently sits fourth all-time in school history. He will begin the 2013 campaign as team co-captain and riding a 45-game point streak.

Schuss very well could be the first overall pick in the WLA draft. The only concern is the pro field lacrosse season runs head-to-head with the WLA's campaign. However, it's also hard to ignore what he has done in the box version of the sport, leading the Islanders in playoff scoring last year with 53 points in 10 games.

"This draft has great top end offensive players," said Islanders coach Shaun Springett. "When you look at what Logan did up here in limited time, that's a special talent. He is the only lefty of the group so it could be the difference too if that's what a team is looking for.

Mallory won the BCJALL most valuable player award and joins Coquitlam's Robert Church and Ben McIntosh as the top right-handers in the draft. Teams looking to shore up their defence will have Islanders captain Cody Hawkins near the top of their list. The Ladner native was named the league's top defensive player.

Meanwhile, the Islanders went with a right-handed goal scorer in the league midget draft, selecting Richmond's Chandler Bradley seventh overall. Other picks included Patrick Szabo (Surrey), Wyatt Peters (Abbotsford), Liame Wiebe (Surrey), Shawana Baker (Richmond), William Nomura (Surrey) and Liam Fisher (North Shore).

Peters played under Tim Winter for Delta's top midget team last year. Winter is now head coach of the Islanders intermediate "A" squad and was part of the club's midget draft selection committee that also included newly-appointed head scout Bruce Davidson and Richmond Intermediate "A" head coach Greg Rennie.

Boxla Bits... The Islanders have rounded out their coaching staff with the addition of John Wilson as an offensive assistant. He previously worked with Springett on the WLA Langley Thunder's coaching staff. Wilson was also teammates with defensive coach AJ Smith when Coquitlam won the Mann Cup back in 2001.

For the past two seasons, Wilson served as head coach of the Burnaby Junior Lakers.

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January 29, 2013John Wilson becomes Offensive Coach for the Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Team
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce, the addition of John Wilson to the Offensive Coach for the Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Team.

John will be an excellent Offensive coach for the Jr A team. He has outstanding stats from his playing days. He has played Junior A, Senior A, NLL and has represented Canada at the world field lacrosse championships.

John has won a Mann cup with the Coquitlam Adanacs, which AJ (our Defensive Coach) was a teammate. He has coached with Shaun (Head Coach) in the WLA for the Langley Thunder for 2 years. So both Shaun and AJ are very comfortable with him coming aboard. The last two years he was the Head Coach of the Burnaby Jr A Lakers. John is very passionate and loves to compete.

We are very confident in his abilities and his commitment and look forward to watch the team under this addition to the coaching staff.


January 29, 2013New Scout for the Delta Islanders Jr "A" Lacrosse Club
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club is pleased to announce that Bruce Davidson has come on board as the clubs Head Scout. Bruce has played in the WLA and a scout for the NLL Colorado Mammoth. We welcome Bruce to the club and thank him for helping us in the 2013 draft which was a huge success.


December 8, 2012Coaching Announcement Head Coach Steps into NEW Role
The Delta Islanders Jr/Int 'A' Lacrosse Club would like to confirm the following changes to their coaching staff. Sam Thaulis, Head Coach of the Int A team, has stepped down from the Head Coaching position that he assumed at the beginning of the 2012 season and has stepped into a role as one of the Club Directors. We would like to thank Sam for his hard work and his support over the past few years.

2013 Coaching Announcement NEW Head Coach
The Delta Islanders Jr/Int A Lacrosse Club, is pleased to announce that Tim Winter has agreed to become the Head Coach for the Int A Lacrosse Club for the upcoming 2013 season. Tim brings to the club a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill and determination all attributes he demonstrated as a player and a coach. Tim has coached in Delta Minor for a number of years and has coached all levels of minor lacrosse, BC Summer Game Teams and was a Special Adviser to Team BC for the Canadian Nationals in Midget.


October 16, 2012Springett named BCLA Sr. Box Lacrosse Coach of the Year
It is with great pride that the Delta Islanders Jr 'A' announce that Shaun Springett has been named the BCLA Sr Box Lacrosse Coach of the Year for 2012.

Shaun has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the B.C. Jr 'A' Lacrosse League in 2012 as a Rookie Head Coach. He has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led us to our best season in 10 years with 13 rookies in the lineup and a first year Int 'A' goalie in the net. For the first time the Delta Islanders reached the BC finals and believe that the team gave Coquitlam all they could handle. Shaun stayed focused in the club’s plan and never changed it.

The Delta Islanders are confident with his dedication and hard work the club will continue to yield positive results. Shaun has built a strong foundation of winning for this franchise and we feel he can continue to build on that foundation to achieve our ultimate goal the Minto Cup!!


October 6, 2012Hawkins drafted by Rochester Knighthawks
Cody Hawkins was labeled one of the Top 10 graduating BCJALL prospects; Hawkins is all about team and all about winning. He's been a big part of the emergence of the Islanders into a BCJALL challenger, and now he's ready to emerge in the NLL. Being drafted 29th overall by the 2012 NLL Champions Rochester Knighthawks.

Cody Hawkins, got tenacity, and coaches love that in their defensemen. Without it, you're not really a defenseman, are you? But Cody Hawkins has something else that coaches love: An open mind. He brings more than straight-up D. He brings a mindset that allows him to be coached because he follows directions. That's the kind of stuff that gets you named team captain of the Delta Islanders and gets you the BCJALL Defender of the Year for 2012.

Cody Hawkins has been nothing short of spectacular in the back end for the Islanders and for this the Delta Islanders Jr 'A' Lacrosse Club wish's him the very best in the NLL, WLA and in his future.


September 11, 2012Springett extends term to coach Islanders
Head Coach Shaun Springett has agreed to terms that he is going to be the Islanders Head Coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons
The Delta Islanders Jr 'A' Lacrosse Club and General Manager Jamie Scott are pleased to announce today that Head Coach Shaun Springett has agreed to terms that he is going to be the Islanders Head Coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Shaun has established himself as one of the premiere coaches in the B.C. Jr 'A' Lacrosse League, he has demonstrated a commitment to winning that has led us to our best season and we are confident his dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results. Shaun has built a foundation of winning with this franchise and I feel he can continue to build on that foundation to achieve our ultimate goal the Minto Cup!!


August 17, 2012Lots of hardware for breakthrough season
Delta Junior "A" Islanders win league MVP, top defensive player and coach-of-the-year awards after advancing to finals
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


The Delta Islanders best season in franchise history was reflected on Monday when the B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League announced its annual individual awards.

The Islanders walked away with plenty of hardware, highlighted by three major winners. Departing third-year veterans Mike Mallory and Cody Hawkins were named Most Valuable Player and Best Defensive Player respectively, while Shaun Springett and his staff were named Coach of the Year.

Mallory finished third in league scoring with 74 points in 17 games, including 35 goals. He also finished just behind teammate Logan Schuss in playoff scoring with 51 points in just 10 games.

The Maple Ridge native, who was the team's top pick in the one-time league midget draft five years ago, was also named the league's Top Graduating Player.

Hawkins provided outstanding defensive play and leadership as the Islanders captain this season. The standout athlete spent much of his career playing alongside his good friend Sean O'Neil. The pair were also standout football players, first for the South Delta Rams, then at the high school level for the Seaquam Seahawks.

"Cody was a great captain and a terrific kid," said Springett. "We're definitely going to miss him and the other graduating players that played a big part in what we accomplished this year."

Mallory and Hawkins were also named to the league's first all-star team.

The Islanders saw their memorable campaign end last week with a five game loss to the Coquitlam Adanacs in their first-ever appearance in the league finals.

The next step for the franchise is to become a perennial contender and not just a one year wonder. Springett is confident that will happen.

He will have an impressive core of returning players to work with including Eli McLaughlin who was just edged out for the league's top rookie award. Others such as Mike Henry, Tyler Nett and Sam Clare will pick up the scoring slack being left behind by Mallory and Schuss, while Cody Nass is expected to skip his final year of intermediate in Richmond and join Delta on a full-time basis next season. He led the intermediate "A" league in scoring this past season and had 25 points in 10 games as a call-up.

In the back end, Dan McDermott, Taylor Northway, Ben Snider and Mike Donaldson will be among the key returning players. Goaltender Will Schwan had an impressive rookie season and amazingly still has four more years of junior eligibility. The local product will also be fully recovered from a concussion that limited his play in the post-season.

"It was so important we reached the finals with all those first year players we have," said Springett. "Now the only thing they know is getting that far so that is where the expectations will be.

"I know a lot of people think we overachieved but where we ended up is exactly where I thought we would be. A year and a half go, we had a mojo against New Westminster that we had to overcome and then it was Coquitlam but I think we showed in the finals we got over that too. I'm very proud of what the boys have accomplished and I think we have opened the eyes of the lacrosse community. This is where kids want to play.

"When we came onboard, we revamped a lot of things that I think raised a lot of eyebrows at first, but once the players started to see the results, they bought into it. We're definitely excited about next season."

Three who won't be back in 2013 are goaltender Pete Dubenski and offensive players Mitch Parker and Ryan Watson. The three were acquired near the league trading deadline under the agreement they will return to their former teams. Dubenski and Parker will be headed back to Nanaimo and Watson to Burnaby.


July 27, 2012Islanders try to continue momentum on road
Junior 'A lacrosse team faces another must win game tonight after climbing back into semi-final series with Salmonbellies
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


The Delta Islanders would love to be back in the Ladner Leisure Centre one more time on Saturday night.

"These people have been great all the way along and the boys get so pumped from all the cheering," said Islanders head coach Shaun Springett. "When we get back here, I hope this place is packed and loud as hell."

The Islanders still have plenty of work to do if they want to be playing a deciding game in their best-of-five B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League semi-final affair with the New West Salmonbellies. After an impressive 14-4 home floor win Wednesday, Delta will need a similar performance tonight at Queen's Park Arena to extend this unpredictable series.

New West roared back to win the opener 14-13 in overtime, then blasted the Islanders 17-9 two nights later. Just when the locals looked poised for a prompt exit, they responded with an outstanding effort, from start to finish, in front of their biggest crowd of the season.

Led by the sizzling stick of Mike Mallory, the Islanders raced out to 8-3 lead by the 7: 49 mark of the second period.

Mallory scored six of the goals, including four straight in a span of less than five minutes

The hosts took a 11-3 advantage into the third period and cruised the rest of the way, led by the 38-save performance of goaltender Peter Dubenski and easily their best defensive effort of the series.

Following the game two debacle, Springett elected to tinker with his line-up, sitting a trio of third-year players. Local product Sam Clare's return from a family commitment provided a spark, so did second-year defender Dan McDermott who was fresh off helping Canada win silver at the World U19 Field Lacrosse Championships in Finland. Intermediate standout Cody Nass also was added and scored his third goal of the series.

"We have 27 kids and it's going to take them all (to be successful in the playoffs)," added Springett. "We had the close (game one loss) then kind of thought we were something we weren't and got spanked. It brought us back down to earth and everyone showed up with their work boots on tonight.

"We know it's another win or go home game on Friday. We just have to take it one period at a time and the most important thing right now is showing up for the first 20 minutes."

Game five would be played at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Visit www.bcjunioralacrosse.com for live scoring updates.


July 25, 2012'Bellies have Islanders on the ropes
Junior 'A' lacrosse team looks to stave off elimination tonight after being dominated in New West on Monday
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


The Delta Islanders are scrambling in search of answers just 48 hours after their playoff hopes began with so much promise.

Only three wins away from their first appearance in the B.C. Junior 'A' Lacrosse League playoff finals in franchise history, Delta looked fully capable of the achievement after a dominant opening 20 minutes in its semi-final series opener Saturday against the New West Salmonbellies that resulted in a 6-2 lead. Instead of cheering the hometown team onto victory, an estimated 500 fans watched the visitors roar back for a 14-13 overtime victory.

Game two at Queen’s Park Arena on Monday night delivered an even more complete performance from start to finish by the Salmonbellies, resulting in a 17-9 victory and commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Game three goes tonight (8 p.m.) at the Ladner Leisure Centre with the Islanders trying to stop the momentum that is about to crush their post-season dreams.

The locals did not lose to New West in three regular season meetings (2-0-1) en route to a second place finish that provided home floor advantage against their Royal City rivals. However, the solid defensive play and goaltending, that played a big part in the team’s success, have suddenly gone missing.

Goaltenders Will Schwan and Peter Dubenski have both struggled to find their mid-season form. That was none more evident than in game two when the the Bellies blitzed them for 17 goals despite enjoying just a slight advantage in the shot department (48-46).

"They are struggling right now and we are not playing very good defence in front of them either," said Islanders head coach Shaun Springett.

"New West were down 6-2 the other night and we saw how they responded. We were in the same situation (in game two) and we just rolled over. That was very disappointing. We have some third-year character type players that we are really counting on and simply have to be better.

"We have done things the hard way all season and now we have to do it again."

The Islanders are at least producing enough offence led by third-year standout Logan Schuss who was sensational in the series opener with seven goals and three assists. He added four goals and one assist on Monday. Mike Mallory has 12 points in the series, including seven in game one.

Call-up Cody Nass scored a pair of third period goals in game one and was poised to be credited with the game winner until New West equalized with just 1:39 remaining. Nass led the B.C. Intermediate 'A' Lacrosse League in scoring with the Richmond Roadrunners and will be available for the remainder of the series after his team clinched a provincial berth on Monday.


July 20, 2012Jr. 'A' Islanders set to clash with New WEstminster in Semis
Best of Five Series starts tomorrow
Special from the Delta Optimist
by dwillis@delta-optimist.com


The Junior "A" Delta Islanders kick off their bestof-five semi final playoff series against the New Westminster Salmonbellies tomorrow night at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

Islanders head coach Shaun Springett said he feels the teams match up very evenly.

"Going into it we have a lot of confidence, but we're not cocky," he said. "We know we're young and we have a lot of stuff to prove."

Delta received a first round bye while New Westminster knocked out Victoria in two straight in their quarter-final series.

Staying out of the penalty box will be key for the Islanders, Springett said. He noted that his squad doesn't give up too many even strength goals but when the team does take penalties, they seem to come at inopportune times.

Springett mentioned the team's graduating players are very, very driven this season. "The motivation of those third year kids, I think is one big factor that's going to be huge for us."

In terms of health, Springett said the entire group was able to practice earlier in the week.

"Everybody's ready to go."

He's hoping for a big fan turnout for the playoffs.

"They've been great so far, I just hope it keeps up."

The Islanders went undefeated (two wins and a tie) against the Salmonbellies during the regular season.

The series resumes Monday in New Westminster and shifts back to Ladner on Wednesday.

All games are scheduled for 8 p.m.


June 18, 2012The Delta Islanders Jr "A" Lacrosse Club Announce a trade with the Nanaimo Timbermen
The Delta Islanders Jr "A" Lacrosse Club has made a trade on June 14, 2012 for the playing rights of Mitch Parker and Pete Dubenski from the Nanaimo Timbermen for future considerations.

Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club is committed to winning a 'Minto Cup' title and we intend to put the best team on the floor in the history of the Delta Islanders Club for the 2012 season.

So far this year we have done this and with adding Pete and Mitch, we believe this will make us stronger to reach the GOAL of winning the Minto Cup in 2012.


May 24, 2012Streaking Islanders host Salmonbellies in battle for 2nd
Games in late May are typically about the Delta Islanders attempting to climb out of an early season hole. That will hardly be the case tomorrow night at the Ladner Leisure Centre.
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


Games in late May are typically about the Delta Islanders attempting to climb out of an early season hole. That will hardly be the case tomorrow night at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

Sole possession of second place will be on the line when the Islanders (5-2-1) entertain the New Westminster Salmonbellies (5-1) at 7: 30 p.m. Both teams are in the top 10 of the national junior rankings, sitting seventh and fourth respectively. Delta also handed New West its only loss - a 5-3 result back on May 8 at Queen's Park Arena.

That win is part of a five game unbeaten streak that has been fuelled by exceptional defensive play. The Islanders are surrendering an average of six goals per game and it begins in net where first-year intermediate age goaltender Will Schwan has more than answered the challenge of jumping up to the junior "A" level.

"A lot of people were second guessing me at the time when we made him our number one goaltender," said head coach Shaun Springett. "But I knew with our system and the type of goalie that he is, that he would flourish."

That game plan has the Islanders clogging the middle of the floor in their defensive zone, forcing their opponents to shoot from the perimeter.

"It all starts with (Will) playing the angles the way he does," continued Springett.

"Everything inside the dotted line is the defenders' responsibility and on the outside, it's the goaltender's job."

For the Islanders to keep moving forward, they will need more goal production.

Despite their impressive defensive numbers, they have managed just 51 goals in eight games. Help is on the horizon with third-year sniper Logan Schuss scheduled to return from Ohio State University in time for the June 9 game against the Victoria Shamrocks.

In the meantime, Springett would like to see more production from his right-handers. To date, the team has leaned heavily on its lefties, led by the 13 goals of rookie Eli McLaughlin.

The return of all-star Mike Mallory from a foot injury will give the right side a boost. He did manage a pair of goals in a 9-7 win over Burnaby last Saturday.

If the first meeting is any indication, look for another defensive battle tomorrow night.

"It's nice to be playing for second place and I don't think this club in its history has had too many games like this at this time of the season," added Springett. "Still, our focus is about getting better every game and making sure we are playing our best lacrosse at the end of July, not May."

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The Islanders will have more defensive depth Saturday when Dan McDermott returns from his field lacrosse season at the New York Institute of Technology. His stay with the team will be short lived however.

The Richmond native has been selected to play for Canada at this summer's World Under 19 Field Lacrosse Championships, slated for July in Finland.

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May 15, 2012Stingy Islanders extend unbeaten streak to three
Sound defence and goaltending continues to be the early season theme for the Delta Islanders.
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


Sound defence and goaltending continues to be the early season theme for the Delta Islanders.

The B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League club is ranked ninth in the country, even without two of its top scorers.

While Mike Mallory (injury) and Logan Schuss (college) won't be back in the lineup soon, Delta has come through a tough stretch in its schedule with a 3-2-1 record and is currently riding a three-game unbeaten streak.

The Islanders relied on a 43-save performance from rookie goaltender Will Schwan in a 5-3 road victory over the New West Salmonbellies, then rallied to salvage a 6-6 tie with the Nanaimo Timbermen on Saturday at Sungod Arena.

Eli McLaughlin's second of the night with just 10 seconds remaining sent the game into overtime where neither team could find the net in the 10 minute extra session.

Through six games, the Islanders are surrendering under seven goals per contest, which is three less than last season and is a reflection of the philosophy of its revamped coaching staff.

Head coach Shaun Springett worked as a defensive assistant at the junior "A" and senior "A" levels, while his assistants include former Vancouver Raven AJ Smith who also thrived in a defensive role as a player.

The hope is the return of Mallory and Schuss to the line-up, combined with the maturation of an impressive group of first year players, will propel the club to a strong second half of the season, heading into the playoffs.

Three rookies - Mike Henry (14 points), Tyler Nett (14) and McLaughlin (13) are among the league's top 15 scorers. The team also welcomed Sam Clare to the line-up, who is coming off his freshman season with the Simon Fraser University field lacrosse team. The Ladner native had a goal and two assists in the tie against Nanamio.

Jamie Malanfant, Nick Kozuback and Henry also scored against the Timbermen. Delta outshot the visitors 57-28 with Nanaimo goaltender Peter Dubenski turning in an outstanding performance.

Meanwhile, Schwan ranks in the top five in the league in goals against average (6.80) and save percentage (83.06), however he doesn't show up in the official statistics since he is considered a "call-up" as an intermediate age player.

The Islanders are back in action Friday when they visit the Port Coquitlam Saints. They return home Saturday to face the Burnaby Lakers. Game time is 7: 30 p.m. at the Ladner Leisure Centre.

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Logan Schuss has enjoyed another outstanding season at Ohio State University, earning East Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honours. The junior attackman from Ladner ranked 13th in the nation in scoring, with 55 points (3.93 per game), including a career high 39 goals.

He is now fifth all-time in OSU scoring.

The Buckeyes finished with an overall record of 8-7. Their bid for an NCAA championship berth ended with a one goal loss to Fairfield in the ECAC semi-finals.

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May 8, 2012Young guns come to life for Jr. Islanders
It doesn't take much for the Delta Islanders to look like an inexperienced team learning the ropes in the B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League.
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


It doesn't take much for the Delta Islanders to look like an inexperienced team learning the ropes in the B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League.

Yes the club entered the 2012 season with high expectations, led by thirdyear standouts Mike Mallory and Logan Schuss. For now, the Islanders are leaning on some promising rookies to carry much of the load.

Schuss, is winding down his junior season playing field lacrosse at Ohio State University and won't be back in town until early next month. Mallory was considered a strong candidate to win the league scoring title but had been bothered by a sore foot through training camp. What was believed to be a turf toe proved to be much more when x-rays revealed a broken bone in his foot. The best case scenario is he will be back in action in a couple of weeks.

Adding to the woes was a 1-2 start to the season and the struggle to generate offence. It prompted Shaun Springett to call a team meeting on the eve's of Saturday's home opener against the Langley Thunder. The rookie head coach challenged some of his key firstyear players to step up their game and get the team back on track.

The end result was the Islanders coming through with a 11-9 victory, led by a trio who were among the top snipers in the B.C. Intermediate "A" Lacrosse League last season. Eli McLaughlin enjoyed a six point night, including four goals, while Mike Henry added a goal and four assists. Tyler Nett was prominent in a playmaking role with five assists.

"Eli had one goal in three games for us after scoring (65) last season," said Springett. "We challenged him and he showed tonight what level he is capable of playing. I think a lot of our young guys were trying to do too much themselves.

They took a bunch of penalties which allowed our offence to find their sticks."

The Islanders raced out to an 8-3 second period lead and looked to be well on their way to a comfortable victory, only to allow the Thunder to battle their way back. Leading the rally for the visitors was former Islander and Ladner native Matt Messenger who finished the night with a four goals and one assist. He pulled Langley within a goal with over 12 minutes remaining when Issey Lamb's second of the night gave Delta some much needed breathing room.

The hosts then relied on some solid defending and the play of rookie goaltender Will Schwan the rest of the way for the win.

"Our offence was going well tonight but, for the first time this season, our defence struggled a bit," continued Springett. "It's just a matter of us putting it all together and it's only May. We have some stuff to be fixed but we knew coming in there would be a learning curve.

"The thing I like the most is the things that we are doing wrong can be taught. It's not like we are lacking talent or ability."

Veteran Sean O'Neil, a key two way standout, made his presence felt in his first game of the season with a pair of goals. Intermediate call-up Cody Nass added a goal and three assists, while Jamie Malanfant also scored.

The Islanders next home game will be at Sungod Arena on Saturday against Nanaimo at 8 p.m.

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May 5, 2012Delta Islanders Vs Langley Thunder
By Manny Hundal - iNet Sports Network

The Langley Thunder and Delta Islanders both came out strong off the get go trading goals early in the first period. The islanders opened the scoring off a great goal scored by Eli Mclaughlin. Langleys Matt Messenger scored just moments after the opening goal to tie it up at 1. This game was Messengers first game back in Delta after being traded by the islanders early last season. The rough stuff didn't take long to begin in the game as each team took plenty of penalties but Delta scored the only two powerplay goals of the period, both coming off the stick of Eli Mclaughlin. Mclaughlin's second powerplay goal was the last goal scored in the period which, sent the Islanders into the dressing room up 4-3.

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The Islanders came out strong scoring 4 unanswered goals to take an 8-3 lead, Mclaughlin scored his 4th goal of the contest, just his first on backup goaltender Keenan Lambright who came in to net in relief of Ryley brown. The Thunder though started to make there comeback though half way through the 2nd scoring 3 unanswered goals of there own, 2 by Nick Stone, and another coming from Matt Messenger. Cody Nass then scored late in the third which capped off a high scoring 2nd period and the Islanders went into the Lockers rooms up 10-7.

The seemed to tilt to one side in the last period as the Langley Thunder knew that had to come out strong in the 3rd, and they did just that. They kept the ball in the Islanders zone for most of the period and it paid off. Matt Messenger scored 2 more goals in the third to bring, bringing his game total up to 4, to bring the Thunder within one. However Late in the Period Issey Lamb scored the Dagger off some great passing which put the islanders up 11-9, which is how it would finish.

The game was full of excitement with goals being scored left and right and some great passing plays. The Islanders had a big lead but saw it slowly disappear throughout the game and even though goalie Will Schwan Made 40 saves, he let in some shaky goals. Rookie sensation Eli Mclaughlin had a huge game scoring 4 goals to go along with 2 assists in his first Junior A home opener. For the Thunder, Matt Messenger had a huge game. The former Delta Islander who was traded away Last season burned his old club scoring 4 goals but didn't have the help of his team behind to help him pick up a win against his former team. The Islanders will now look to keep their winning ways going on Tuesday May 8th against the New Westminster Salmonbellies, the team which eliminated Delta from last years playoffs.


April 25, 2012Islanders new coach means business
Shaun Springett has high expectations for junior "A" lacrosse team this season with an eye to the future as well
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


Shaun Springett's greatest off-season objective wasn't to get a high-scoring lefty or a game changing goalie, it was to provide structure and long term vision to a franchise that wants to keep going in the right direction in the B.C. Junior "A" Lacrosse League.

The Islanders are coming off their best season ever that featured a third place finish in league play and a quarter-final series win over Langley, before bowing out to the New West Salmonbellies.

All this was accomplished after the team's coach and general manager resigned soon after the season started, leaving now departed assistant Dave Pirog to gamely fill in behind the bench for the balance of the campaign.

Now, Springett has become the club's third head coach in less than two years and the former Western Lacrosse Association standout has so far shown he means business.

He has put together an impressive coaching staff that includes Sean Robinson, AJ Smith and Yul Baker, who thrived at the senior and junior levels, as players, winning Minto and Mann Cups.

He has also established a team dress code and a pre-cise time schedule players must follow for each practice and game. All of this is to help take the Islanders to the next level and that's challenging for their first ever league championship and Minto Cup berth.

Delta opens the regular season on Saturday in Victoria.

"We want to build something here where people want to come and be part of it," explained Springett, following Monday night's practice at the Ladner Leisure Centre. "The players need to see this is the place they want to be. We want to help them get to the next level and we are all ex-players who have gone through the ranks and know what it takes to get there."

Springett previously worked as an assistant coach in Coquitlam and New West. He then moved onto the WLA's Langley Thunder before leaving when the head coach was replaced.

He had other options in the senior 'A' ranks but chose to take the job in Delta after helping out during the second half of last season.

"There are two reasons I came here," he continued. "I knew there were some great offensive players coming back but I also spent some time watching the intermediate team too. I saw there was talent coming up. If I was coming in, I didn't want it to be a one year thing. A lot of these guys I now know will be here with me for the next three years."

The Islanders will have plenty of firepower up front, led by two of the most dynamic offensive players in franchise history.

Third-year snipers Mike Mallory and Logan Schuss have the ability to take over games on their own. Mallory finished seventh in league scoring, while Schuss managed 60 points in just nine games after returning from Ohio State University. He will be rejoining the team in early June once he has completed his junior season with the Buckeyes.

The next tier of scoring is expected to come from an impressive crop of 12 rookies that have cracked the opening day roster. The group includes Eli McLaughlin and Tyler Nett who were among the top scorers at the intermediate "A" level last season.

It all adds up to lofty expectations for Springett's first season behind the bench.

"If we are not getting the bye for the first round of the playoffs (finishing first or second) then it would be dissapointment for me," added Springett. "We have gone through our preliminary goals of where we want to be and I would like to be around the 15-6 mark."

The Islanders also travel to Burnaby on Sunday and play their regular season home opener May 5 against Nanaimo at 7: 30 p.m.

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April 25, 2012Schwan making jump from Midget to be number one goalie
Special from the Delta Optimist
by MBooth@delta-optimist.com


The initial impact of the Delta Junior "A" Islanders now running the intermediate "A" program will take place between the pipes.

After a two month battle for the number one goaltender spot between eight possible candidates at training camp, Will Schwan has emerged as the winner and will get the start in the team's regular season opener on Saturday in Victoria.

The Grade 11 Delta secondary student has been a member of Team B.C. throughout his minor lacrosse career and last season backstopped the Delta Islanders to a berth into the Midget A1 Provincial Championships. He also was regularly called up to play at the Intermediate level and suited up for Richmond's "A" team at the provincials.

Instead of playing two seasons at Intermediate, Schwan will now spend the next five years at the junior level. The 6-foot-5 stopper was also a key member of the Delta Pacers senior boys basketball team this past season.

Islanders head coach Shaun Springett says Schwan simply won the position and it didn't take long for his decision to be endorsed by the Delta Lacrosse Association and Schwan's family.

"He has always been playing up through his career and my mentality now is we have a five year program (including intermediate) and the best players will play," said Springett. "Will stood on his head all the way through camp. I even brought in a couple of former goalies to take a look and didn't tell them about the age or experience of any of them. They all said Will should be our guy.

"The league is giving us a little bit of gripe about it but his parents want it and he wants its. We are the only province that has an intermediate league. In Ontario you go right from midget into junior, whether it be 'A', 'B' or 'C.'"

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April 10, 2012Jr A and Int A 3rd Annual Dinner & Silent Auction
The 3rd Annual Dinner and Silent Auction scheduled for Saturday, April 21st has unfortunately been postponed due to lack of ticket sales. The Board of Directors are now making arrangements to move the event to a later date in May or June.

Date and time will be announced within the next few weeks.


March 13, 2012Islanders acquire playings rights to Tyler Nett
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club, is pleased to announce they have acquired the playing rights of Tyler Nett from the Burnaby Lakers for Trenton Matsuzaki and Wade Galbraith.

"It was a hard decision to trade away a hard working player like Trenton and a draft pick like Wade but to get a 2 time Int A all-star like Tyler, we had to make the trade."

In two years of Int A lacrosse Tyler had a total of 152 points, he is a leader on and off the floor. The Islanders feel that with Tyler learning from Mike Mallory (NLL Washington Stealth) it will make the jump from Int A to Jr lacrosse a little easier. - Jamie Scott


February 11, 2012 Islander players drafted by the WLA
On February 6, 2012 the Western Lacrosse Association held their entry draft for the 2011 graduating Jr A players. The draft was held at the Fireman's Hall in Burnaby B.C. and featured a draft consisting of 10 rounds.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, General Manager and Coaching staff, we would like to congratulate the following graduating players for being selected in the WLA Draft. We are extremely excited and wish them well in the next stage of their lacrosse careers.

Player Draft Order WLA Team
Ryan Keith
Mike Berekoff
Steve Higgs
Brandon MacLean
Blake Duncan
Graeme Stewart
Alex Farrell
14
21
27
30
32
64
65
Nanaimo Timbermen
New Westminster Salmonbellies
Victoria Shamrocks
Nanaimo Timbermen
Maple Ridge Burrards
Langley Thunder
Burnaby Lakers


January 23, 2012 McDermott selected for Canada U19 Field team
Dan McDermott - It's going to be a busy summer for Islander defensive standout Dan McDermott. The Richmond native is one of 24 players who have been named to Canada's roster for the 2012 U19 World Field Lacrosse Championships in Finland next July in Finland.

McDermott was selected to the squad following the final tryout camp - held Nov. 25-27 in Oshawa, ON.

"This was certainly one of the deepest and most talented pools of defensive players we have ever had at a Team Canada U19 tryout," said Taylor Wray, Team Canada's defensive coordinator. "The final decisions were extremely difficult, but I feel we have selected the best group to represent our country and give us the opportunity to win the World Championship. It is a versatile group of athletes with great speed, toughness, skill level and overall athleticism. We focused on selecting players we felt would operate well within the defensive system and would be able to able offer benefits to our transition game. I'm really looking forward to coaching this group."

McDermott is also a standout at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where he has been named to the Pre-season NCAA Division Two All-American Team. He was one of just five sophomores to be honored.


January 2, 2012Islanders Announce 2nd Offensive Coach
Yul Baker signs on - The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club, and head coach Shaun Springett, are pleased to announce that Yul Baker has agreed to join the Junior A coaching staff for the upcoming 2012 season. Yul will help take on the offensive coaching reins with Sean Robinson.

His playing resume includes, 1992 played for the U19 Team Canada. Won a Minto Cup in 1992 with the Six Nation Arrows, then played the rest of his Junior A years with the Burnaby Lakers making the ALL-STAR TEAM every year.

Yul also played Senior A lacrosse for the North Shore Indians, (who are now known as the Langley Thunder). In 1997 he played for the Rochester Knighthawks and won the NLL World Championship. Yul also played for the NLL Vancouver Ravens. Won the Presidents Cup in 2001 with the North Shore Indians.


December 28, 2011 Islanders sign Robinson as offensive coach
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club, and head coach Shaun Springett, are pleased to announce that Sean Robinson has agreed to join the Junior A coaching staff for the upcoming 2012 season. Sean will take on the reins of Offensive coach.

His playing resume includes, 3 consecutive National Field Lacrosse Championships playing for the U-19 British Columbia Selects, named First Team All-star and Offensive MVP in his 2nd year. Played 4 years of Junior lacrosse for the Coquitlam Adanac's, which he won Rookie of the Year Award. Sean is a smart and athletic left hander and offensive threat. He was a third round (#16 overall) draft choice of the New Westminster Sr A Salmonbellies. Also in the past four years has played in 3 Mann cups.

Attended and played Division 1 lacrosse at Hobart College in Geneva, New York on a scholarship.

This is what the NLL had said about Sean before he was drafted 16th overall by the Toronto Rock:
Sean Robinson—Hobart College, New Westminster Salmonbellies (WLA) & Coquitlam Adanacs (BCJALL) A former attempted draft pick of the Portland Lumberjax (74th overall in 2008), Robinson spent the last couple years at Hobart, a secondary scoring threat with the three-time defending West champion New Westminster Salmonbellies. The 16th overall pick in the 2009 WLA draft, Robinson has potential to be a 20-goal guy in the NLL (and WLA), a good asset on the power-play and capable of taking the odd draw if needed too.


December 28, 2011 Islanders sign Robinson as offensive coach
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club, and head coach Shaun Springett, are pleased to announce that Sean Robinson has agreed to join the Junior A coaching staff for the upcoming 2012 season. Sean will take on the reins of Offensive coach.

His playing resume includes, 3 consecutive National Field Lacrosse Championships playing for the U-19 British Columbia Selects, named First Team All-star and Offensive MVP in his 2nd year. Played 4 years of Junior lacrosse for the Coquitlam Adanac's, which he won Rookie of the Year Award. Sean is a smart and athletic left hander and offensive threat. He was a third round (#16 overall) draft choice of the New Westminster Sr A Salmonbellies. Also in the past four years has played in 3 Mann cups.

Attended and played Division 1 lacrosse at Hobart College in Geneva, New York on a scholarship.

This is what the NLL had said about Sean before he was drafted 16th overall by the Toronto Rock:
Sean Robinson—Hobart College, New Westminster Salmonbellies (WLA) & Coquitlam Adanacs (BCJALL) A former attempted draft pick of the Portland Lumberjax (74th overall in 2008), Robinson spent the last couple years at Hobart, a secondary scoring threat with the three-time defending West champion New Westminster Salmonbellies. The 16th overall pick in the 2009 WLA draft, Robinson has potential to be a 20-goal guy in the NLL (and WLA), a good asset on the power-play and capable of taking the odd draw if needed too.


December 19, 2011 Smith signs on as Defensive Coach
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club, and head coach Shaun Springett, are pleased to announce that A.J. Smith has agreed to join the Junior A coaching staff for the upcoming 2012 season. A.J. will take on the reins of defensive coach; he brings to the club a tremendous amount of knowledge, skill and determination all attributes he demonstrated as a player.

His playing resume includes, Junior A lacrosse for the New West Salmonbellies which he went to 2 Minto Cups and winning one in 1994. He had won best defensive player every year with the Jr A Bellies. Not only was he the captain of this club, but he also won the most inspirational player award in his final Jr A season.

He was a first round draft choice of the in the WLA for the Coquitlam Senior A Adanacs, including a Mann Cup Championship in 2001 with the Coquitlam Senior A Adanacs. He has also shared best defensive player award with Pat Coyle while playing with the Adanacs. He has also played professional lacrosse in the NLL, playing for the Vancouver Ravens to add to his lacrosse credentials.


December 06, 2011 Islanders Name New Head Coach
The Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club would like to confirm the following changes to their coaching staff.

Dave Pirog, Head Coach, has stepped down from the Head Coaching position that he assumed at the beginning of the season. We would like to thank Dave for his hard work and his support over the past few years. We would like to wish Dave the very best, as he has decided to join the coaching staff of the Richmond Int A Club. Richmond Club has gotten a wonderful teacher of the game of lacrosse in Dave.

New Head Coach Name
We are pleased to announce that Shaun Springett will move from Assistant Coach to the Head Coach position, effective immediately. Shaun brings with him an extensive knowledge of the game from his many years of playing in the WLA and NLL also coaching in minor, Jr A and WLA. Shaun has helped Jr A and WLA teams improve their team's knowledge in every aspect of the game.

We are very excited to have Shaun as our new head coach. His success as both a player and coach in the past will help the Delta Islanders Jr A Lacrosse Club quest for a Minto Cup National Title.

Shaun will be naming his assistant coaches over the next few month.


October 25, 2011 CLA Nets Clarification for 2012
As per CLA Technical Bulletin 09-03, effective January 1, 2012 all box lacrosse nets will need to be purchased from Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) approved manufacturers who have met the net specification standards as approved by CLA Board of Directors. As well, clubs are reminded that all senior directorate play will require the use of 4'-6" wide nets in 2012.

At the BCLA Annual General Meeting, it was further confirmed that nets no longer will be tethered to the floor surface, either by goalpost extensions, pegs or other insertions into the floor. For more information on CLA Technical Bulletin 09-03 including diagrams, click here.


October 25, 2011CLA Helmet and Facemask Reminder for 2012
As per CLA Technical Bulletin 09-01, effective January 1, 2012 all helmets must be CSA-approved for ice hockey, facemasks CSA-approved for lacrosse or CSA-approved for hockey with exceptions, or helmet and facemask unit approved by NOCSAE for lacrosse. For more information on CLA Technical Bulletin 09-01, including a list of approved helmets and facemasks, click here.


May 17, 2011 - Delta Islanders GM & Head Coach changes
The Delta Islanders Board of Directors would like to confirm the following changes to their management and coaching staff. Jack Watson, Head Coach, has stepped down from the Head Coaching position that he assumed in December 2010. Rick Clark, appointed as GM in September 2010, has also stepped down from his position. The Board of Directors and players would like to thank both Rick and Jack for their time and commitment to the Delta Islanders Jr A Franchise.

We are pleased to announce that Dave Pirog will move from Assistant Coach to the Head Coach position, effective immediately. Dave is a wonderful teacher of the game of lacrosse and the backbone of our coaching staff over the past few years. Dave is a multiple Mann Cup winner and has held coaching positions from JR A to the NLL. We are extremely pleased that he has accepted the position as Head Coach.

We are also pleased to announce that Jamie Scott will be joining our management staff as our new General Manager. Jamie brings 36 years of successful experience in the game of lacrosse to his new position. His playing career included JR A and 14 years at the Senior A & B level. He has had previous experience as an Assistant Coach with the NewWest Jr A Salmonbellies and Head Coach with the Langley Thunder JRA Team. He has also coached in the Chilliwack Minor Association. Jamie is looking forward to his new role as General Manager with our team.

We are also very fortunate to have Dane Stevens as an Assistant Coach with the Islanders. Dane is a former Delta Islanders JrA player and currently plays with the Edmonton Rush of the NLL and the Burnaby Lakers of the WLA.


April 10, 2011 - New Coaching Staff
The Delta Islanders are pleased to be heading into their 10th Anniversary season with Jack Watson as the new Head Coach. Jack brings a wealth of coaching experience to the bench.

Joining Jack on the bench is new Assistant Coach, Dane Stevens. Dane is a Junior Islander Alumni and current NLL player with the Edmonton Rush.

Returning for his third season as Assistant Coach is Dave Pirog. Dave is a multiple Mann Cup winner and has held coaching positions from Junior A to the NLL.


June 30, 2010 - Newcomers Outstanding in Their Debut
The Delta Islanders battled the Langley Thunder in what was Langley`s last regular season game this year. The added firepower to Delta`s line up proved to be too much for the Thunder to handle. The final score was 21-8. The newest Delta Islanders led the way; Scott Jones (3-5-8), Darcy Cummings (3-4-7), Trevor Evans (3-4-7) and Matt Laustrup (0-1-1, 8 PIMS)

They were all impressive in their debut. Besides the stats they are capable of producing, they bring a tonne of leadership on and off the floor. As veterans the experience they bring is immeasurable.

Also playing well for the Islanders was recent pick up Cody Craven (1-4-5), Ryan Keith (2-2-4), Mike Berekoff (3-1-4), Matt Messenger (1-5-6) and Logan Schuss (1-4-5).


June 28, 2010 - Islanders make Blockbuster Deal.
After appearing to be sellers, the Islanders have surprised everybody and pulled off a blockbuster deal involving 9 players. Delta picks up Scott Jones, Darcy Cummings, Trevor Evans, and Matt Laustrup from the Poco Saints. All four are third year guys that prepared to make a push in the playoffs with a revamped Delta line up. Going to Poco in the deal is a first rounder in the 2011 Midget Draft and Intermediate prospects: Josh Fiorvento, Chase Kelliher, Jimmy Latin, Rob Peterson and Jamie Takiya.

Scott Jones is coming off his freshman year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He finished the last season in the BCJALL as a first team All-Star, with 90 points.

Darcy Cummings is having a career year and after his Islander debut has 56 points this season.

Trevor Evans is a fifth year junior having a career year as well with 28 goals and 30 assists.

Matt Laustrup is a solid defender the Islanders are excited to add to their line up.


June 26, 2010 - Islanders Win Two Huge Games on the Island.
After trading away their two top graduating players, the Delta Islanders appeared to be sellers with two weeks to go before the Signing Deadline in the BCJALL. Nobody but the Delta Islanders thought they could come home from the Island with two huge wins. The team travelled to Nanaimo and Victoria to take on both Island teams in the biggest road trip of the season.

In a seesaw battle in game one against Nanaimo, the two teams were knotted at 6 until the midpoint of the third period when the newest addition to the Islander line-up, Cody Craven, potted the go ahead goal and eventual game winner.

Craven looked impressive in his first action with the Islanders and is a promising young player in his first full year of Junior A ball.

Game two in Victoria was a different story but same outcome, a "W" for the Islanders. In a very tough first period the two teams were even with 2 goals apiece. The Islanders came out flat in the second period and very quickly found themselves down 5-2. Showing character and perseverance, the Islanders finished the period down by only one, 7-6.

The Islanders went ahead 8-7 early in the third. Victoria battled back but Islanders proved to be too much for the Shamrocks on this day, taking the game 11-9.

Blake Duncan played very well, stopping 29 shots. Logan Schuss (3-3-6) and Ryan Keith (3-1-4) both finished with hat tricks.


June 21, 2010 - Islanders Make Moves.
The Delta Islanders have traded Carlton Schuss and Jamal Allen to the Calgary Raiders for cash. The Islanders then traded Robbie Campbell and a First Round pick in the 2012 Midget Draft to Coquitlam for Cody Craven, a Second Round Pick in the 2011 Midget Draft (via New West) and cash.

Delta Islanders Jr. A & Int A lacrosse clubs