Playoff jostling lasted all the way to the last day of the season.
The senior B Nanaimo Timbermen finally learned their playoff path Tuesday night, as the Langley Warriors held off the Ladner Pioneers 8-7 on the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association’s out-of-town scoreboard.
The result means the T-men take second place and earn a first-round playoff bye, avoiding a first-round series against the Victoria Wolves.
“It definitely would have been entertaining and kind of neat to play Victoria in the first round, but I think the pros of having the bye definitely outweigh playing in that series,” said Mike Maughan, Nanaimo coach. “We’re looking forward to having the bye and resting some of the beat-up bodies and preparing for the next round.”
Though there are no upcoming game days, the T-men will practise “extremely hard,” said the coach.
“We’re going to definitely face a strong team no matter who we play in the next round,” Maughan said. “Our play has been a little inconsistent, so I want to make sure the guys are focused and sharp and ready.”
The Warriors won the regular-season title and also have a first-round bye. Playoff matchups see the Pioneers take on the Wolves and the Royal City Capitals face the North Shore Indians.