The Nanaimo DBL Timbermen were on the brink of elimination. Now they’re on the cusp of reaching the final.
The city’s senior B lacrosse team defeated the Ladner Pioneers 12-8 on Tuesday at Frank Crane Arena to tie the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association semifinal series at two games apiece.
The T-men and Pioneers will play Game 5 on Thursday (Aug. 4) on the mainland to see who advances to the B.C. championship.
“I guess momentum’s going our way,” said Luke MacNeil, Timbermen forward. “Their team seems like they’re getting a little bit beaten up because our defence is so big.”
Nanaimo leaped to a 7-1 lead in Game 4, then did enough to maintain a comfortable margin over the visitors.
“We’re finally hitting the nets, not hitting the goalie in the stomach,” said Kyle Noble, T-men scorer. “We played pretty well tonight, we found the open guy and that’s all we’ve got to do. It’s always there.”
Players said there haven’t been major changes to the game plan. The defence has gone to a man-on-man scheme, but mostly the Timbermen are simply learning to play alongside one another.
“If we play as a team, we have a great chance,” MacNeil said.
Thursday in Ladner, the T-men will also have to want it more than the Pioneers.
“Guys are playing hurt right now, they just want to win and that’s where their heart’s kicking in,” said Matt Maughan, T-men defender. “Hopefully it stays strong for us.”
LACROSSE TALK … Jordan Jarvis led the offence Tuesday with a hat trick and Myles Jeffers and Noble had two goals and two assists each. MacNeil had a goal and four helpers and Ryan Dietterle had a goal and two assists. Other scorers were Shane Chalker, Josh Van Wieren and Ryan Clark. Goalie Mike Berti made 34 saves for the win as his team was outshot 42-41… In the league’s other semifinal, Tri-City leads Valley two games to one.