Acme T-men expect tougher test

The Nanaimo Acme Painting Timbermen senior B lacrosse team hosts the Tri-City Bandits this Saturday (June 22).

Nanaimo Acme Timbermen player Joey Fendick looks to pass the ball during Sunday’s game against the Langley Warriors at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

Nanaimo Acme Timbermen player Joey Fendick looks to pass the ball during Sunday’s game against the Langley Warriors at the Nanaimo Ice Centre.

The Acme Timbermen have been running roughshod over the rest of the league lately, but now they’ll be matched up against another contender.

The Nanaimo Acme Painting Timbermen senior B lacrosse team hosts the Tri-City Bandits this Saturday (June 22).

The Bandits ousted the T-men from the playoffs last year and Tri-City has won the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association championship the last five years in a row.

“We know that we’ve got some strong teams coming up here…” said Mike Maughan, coach of the Acme T-men. “But we’re looking at it as a positive thing to try to build our game going into the playoffs. Playing these good teams can only help us.”

The Bandits (5-3) will be better than most of the teams the T-men (8-1) have beaten lately, but Nanaimo won’t need to make any major changes to the game plan.

“There’s little wrinkles that you add in for every team,” said Aaron Vanderhorst, T-men veteran. “We’re more concerned about running our systems and doing good habits, playing good transition lacrosse, both defence and offence and carrying that forward into every game.”

The T-men don’t really know what Tri-City team to expect. The Bandits have had erratic results lately, for example, winning 23-9 and losing 10-2 against the same North Shore opponent, less than a week apart.

“We definitely want to measure ourselves – with our record, we’re right up there,” Maughan said. “But at the same point you measure yourself as you’re going into the playoffs.”

GAME ON … The Timbermen and Bandits play Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Nanaimo Ice Centre. Admission to Acme Timbermen games is $8 for adults and $5 for children, or free to any Nanaimo District Lacrosse Association player who comes to the game with a paying adult … The Bandits’ Bryan Poole is leading the WCSLA in scoring with 33 points despite playing only four games this season.

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