Just in time for the final regular season game tomorrow evening vs. Calgary, a young goaltender will joining the Saskatchewan Rush as extra reinforcement. Estevan product Teanna Sieben will be joining the Rush for the day, participating in morning shoot-around and warm-ups prior to ball drop. Teanna will also be introduced in the Rush starting lineup. Continue reading “Rush welcome goaltender Teanna Sieben for season finale”
The Saskatchewan Rush exacted a measure of revenge on Friday night as they collected a 16-10 road win over the Buffalo Bandits.
It’s a win that the Rush (11-2) badly wanted after they had the Bandits (6-6) mount a furious comeback and steal an overtime win in Saskatoon back in January. Robert Church led the Rush’s emphatic statement performance as he scored six goals while Mark Matthews registered a goal and eight assists.
Two players from Warman will wear Saskatchewan’s colours at the National Bantam Box Lacrosse championship tournament in Saskatoon in early August.
Darian Noln-Ens and Jesse Nash were selected for the Team Sask roster following a training camp earlier this year. The national tournament is scheduled for August 2-6 at the Kinsmen Arena in Saskatoon.
Noln-Ens also helped the Saskatoon Soxs win the provincial bantam lacrosse championship in Regina last weekend. Noln-Ens was picked up by the Soxs to play in the tournament after his own team was eliminated. The Soxs beat the Saskatoon Mammoth in the provincial final.
This is Saskatoon’s second year hosting the national bantam box lacrosse championship tournament, according to Bridget Pottle, executive-director of the Saskatchewan Lacrosse Association (SLA).
“When you bid for the tournament, it’s for two years,” said Pottle. “Saskatchewan hosted it last year, and again this year.
“But we also just received notice that our bid to host it again for the next two years was approved, so we’ve got it for another two years: in 2017 and 2018.”
Pottle said the five-day tournament will see teams from several provinces, and even as far away as Rochester, New York. “It’s a big one,” she said. “The draw for the tournament is currently being finalized and should be available online by the end of the week.”
The Team Sask bantam roster includes: Mathew StGermain, Layne Soo-OyewasteKay, Kaiden Flecter, Dagan Carlson, Austin Normand, Bodee Badger, Jakson Bergen, Jesse Nash, Tristan Tinker, Nathan Jule, Maxime Farbacher, Bauer Swyston, Tye Gillespie, Nolan Fetch, Darian Nolan-Ens, Rance Mayer, Warner Bristow, Sam Marshall, Shane Friesen, Ben Swallow, Easton Berrns, and Carson Krogsgaard.
Gary Ens, the father of Darian Noln-Ens, said it’s exciting to see the national tournament held in the team’s backyard.
“I’m very excited to see my son and the other local kids playing in this event,” he said. “It will be something to see.”
Pottle said the number of kids playing lacrosse at all levels has spiked in the last year, a trend she attributes largely to the popularity of the National Lacrosse League champion Saskatchewan Rush professional lacrosse team.
“It’s definitely the quickest game on two feet,” said Pottle. “Kids learn to be fast in order to keep up with the ball. They also improve their hand-eye coordination through the throwing and catching. Some of our pee wee age players, kids ages 11 and 12, have been clocked throwing the ball at 100 miles an hour.
“So it’s a game where you really have to keep your head up and pay attention.”
She noted the full body contact is an attractive aspect of the game for many players.
“There is a lot of contact, but you’re not allowed to use your stick below the waist, and we encourage the kids to wear kneepads to reduce the possibility of injuries from hitting the concrete,” she said. “But for all the hitting, there are not many injuries.
“Surprisingly, the last time Sports Canada did a survey, lacrosse was tied for 33rd spot with bowling when it comes to sports-related injuries.
“So it looks rough, but the players know how to take a hit and how to give them without injury. It’s just part of the game.”
Pottle said the number of coaches has also increased, but noted they’re always looking for more officials.
“That’s true for all sports,” she said. “It’s getting better, with more officials coming on stream, but we can always use more because the game is growing so fast.”
PEE WEE CHAMPIONSHIP
The Pee Wee national box lacrosse tournament and Midget box lacrosse nationals are both taking place in Whitby, Ontario July 31-August 6.
The Team Sask Pee Wee box lacrosse team includes: Caeden Pepin, Ethan Wiens, Braxton MacAngus, Larry Flett, Colton O’Watch, Reid Shotter, Brett Thachuk, Tyson Perreault, Thomas Jule, Reid Murphy, Jeremy Wudrick, Jolen Starr, Matt McIntosh, Dylan Hebig, Mason Luoma, Braxton Ernst, Dayne Laroche, Ryan Ford, Paul Piche, and Jacob Brockmeyer.
The Team Sask U15 Field Lacrosse team includes: Zane Bayer, Garrett Brockmeyer, Tom Cadieux, Barrett Denis, Jordan Ernst, Giulio Fortugo, Andrew Fox, Dawson Garvie, William Hauber, Jake Huska, Aiden Hydomako, Michael Knoblauch, Carter Masley, Kael Nichols, Liam Nolin, Everett Olfert, Grayson Quan, Seth Rayner, Jon Sheetka, Jack Theoret, Brett Tournier, and Tanner Vancoughnett.
The Team Sask U18 Field Lacrosse team includes: Bo Babiuk, Josh Bentley, Tanner Deck, Evan Fox, Jayden Fraser, Quinton Goldade, Matt Henry, Quinn Ingalls, Jayden L’Heureux, Mitchell Linklater, Liam McMaster, Parker Michalishen, Chase Milligan, Matt Murphy, Luke Ochitwa, Austin Odishaw, Josh Scheller, Brenden Senko, Levi Tawpisim-Currie, Brogan Townsend, Morgan Venne, and Even White.