New Westminster Salmonbellies player Keegan Bal checks Nanaimo Timbermen opponent David Byrne during Sunday’s Western Lacrosse Association game at Frank Crane Arena. (GREG SAKAKI/The News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Timbermen in five-way tie for first place

Senior A lacrosse team has a home game Saturday, July 20

There’s only a week and a half left in lacrosse season to somehow break a five-way tie for first place.

The Nanaimo Timbermen and four other teams find themselves in a remarkable logjam atop the Western Lacrosse Association standings.

The Victoria Shamrocks (9-5), the Maple Ridge Burrards (9-6), the Timbermen (9-6), the New Westminster Salmonbellies (9-6) and the Burnaby Lakers (9-6) all have 18 points in the standings with games running out. One of the five teams that is tied for first place today will miss the post-season.

The T-men had a chance to get a leg up in the standings this past Sunday, but suffered an 11-10 overtime loss to the Salmonbellies at Frank Crane Arena. Jon Phillips had a hat trick and three assists for Nanaimo in that one and Evan Messenger scored twice, but the ‘Bellies got a three-on-three OT winner from Jordan McBride to take the win and the season series.

In other WLA news, Phillips was chosen the league’s Player of the Week after scoring five goals and assisting on eight others over three games, with the T-men going 2-0-1 during that stretch.

GAME ON … The senior A T-men host the Langley Thunder on Saturday, July 20, at 7 p.m. at Frank Crane Arena, then visit the Maple Ridge Burrards on Sunday on the mainland. Tickets to Saturday’s game will be available at the door.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Memorial for drug overdose victims on display at St. Paul’s Church in Nanaimo

Flags of Hope Overdose Awareness Display at Chapel Street church until Aug. 29

QB McGarvey steers V.I. Raiders to first win of 2019 season

Raiders blow out Kamloops Broncos in home opener in Nanaimo

Traffic back to normal after accident at Island Highway-Brechin Road in Nanaimo

Accident involved truck and taxi at turn lane leading to Departure Bay ferry terminal

United Way’s denim drive launches at Nanaimo’s Woodgrove Centre

United by Denim campaign runs from Aug. 17 until Sept. 2

Yacht designer will share dramatic stories from America’s Cup racing

Steve Killing to speak at Nanaimo Yacht Club on Aug. 24 for choir fundraiser

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Beefs & Bouquets, Aug. 15

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Ferries employees participating in Denman Island cleanup for plastic-shedding ferry

The cleanup comes a few weeks after one organized by residents of the Island

Most Read