News and Announcements
Originally a 25-player roster at the start of the season, 14 committed Kelowna Midget players stood strongly behind their teammates and the Kelowna Kodiaks club to prevail as Midget C Champions in Port Coquitlam on July 15 2012. The original 22 player roster submitted during Provincial declarations in early June 2012 consisted of 12 players with fewer than five years of prior box lacrosse experience, and 8 players with more than five years experience. The team saw a combination of late season injuries and other priorities taking precedence in the lives of some players leading to the surprisingly shortened but incredibly effective roster that played July 13th through 15th at the Provincial Competition in Port Coquitlam.
Every runner on the Championship roster scored or assisted in the Provincials. And there were a lot of assists and goals to go around! The remaining hungry, dedicated, resilient Kodiaks roster that suited up for Provincials outscored their opposition a whopping 59 goals to 16 over five games.
Despite adversity, the final 14 players and their coaches ended the season on a high, Championship note. Congratulations to the players and coaches for their dedication ability to overcome adversity. To our graduating midgets, all the very best in your lacrosse futures.
The underdog Kelowna Kodiaks Bantam team, for the first time in over seven years brought home the Zone Championship title in their division with a come from behind win over Kamloops at the McArthur Island Sports Centre on June 24 2012.
Having defeated the number one Kamloops seed the previous day 8-7 via a dramatic sudden death victory goal by Kodiak Caden Delaurier, Kelowna found themselves quickly down 0-2 in the first period. Captain James Alexander opened the scoring for Kelowna with only 20 seconds remaining in the first period. Kamloops continued to execute their fast break and pick and roll to build a 5-2 lead with 8 minutes remaining in the second period. A goal from Kelowna’s Kristian Beech at the 2:38 mark of the second period saw the Kodiaks down 3-5 at the second intermission. Kamloops came out ready to close out the game again scoring early to go up 6-3.
Kelowna battled back dramatic goal by dramatic goal. Hot sniper James Alexander scored two quick goals in under a minute to bring the game to 5-6. Kodiaks veteran Joshua Dubrett then stunned Kamloops by leveling the game at 6 only a minute later. In what would be the game winner, Assistant Captain Carson Mintram notched his fourth goal of the Championship tournament to give the Kodiaks their first lead of the game, 7-6. With an extra attacker on the floor, Kamloops was unable to beat the Kelowna defense or Kelowna goal-tender Kieran MacKay, who allowed only one Kamloops goal in the third period. Equally notable, despite the intensity and hard checking brought by Kamloops, Kelowna maintained their composure and played 60 minutes penalty free. A jubilant Kelowna team streamed onto the floor and accepted the well earned Championship banner, a moment few players, parents or coaches will soon forget.
In what was a character building season and superlative Championship weekend, Kelowna Minor Lacrosse congratulates the Kelowna Bantam 2 Kodiaks for their dedication, perseverance, teamwork and accomplishment.
Kelowna Kodiak Midget II box lacrosse team earn Bronze at 2011 Midget C Provincials!
The Kelowna Kodiaks earned the bronze medal at the British Columbia Lacrosse Association 2011 Midget C Provincials. In a strong team effort, the Kodiaks defeated Williams Lake 9-6 in the bronze medal game. Kelowna went 3-0 in their pool, including a victory over Gold medal winning Mission (7-5), Cowichan Valley (5-4) and West Kootenay (12-2). The Kodiaks lost a heart-breaker in quadruple overtime to Port Coquitlam (Silver winners) 3-4 in the cross-over game in an electrifying, nerve-racking and intensely grueling battle that lasted nearly three and a half hours that saw Kelowna outshoot Po-Co at least 4-to-1, peppering the Saints goaltender with over 90 shots.
This past weekend, Head Coach Ryan Wickert and Assistant Coach Matthew Wickert led a Kelowna Tyke team on a very memorable trip to Coquitlam for the first lacrosse tournament any of the kids had ever participated in. This wasn’t just “any” tournament either, but the Jean Andre tournament/jamboree. The Jean Andrew Tyke tournament was hosted by Coquitlam Minor Lacrosse, and saw 20 Tyke teams take part in what was billed as the largest Tyke lacrosse tournament in Western Canada.
After having proudly marched into the arena with the Kelowna Minor lacrosse Kodiaks banner for the opening ceremonies on Friday night June 21, the team went undefeated, besting Port Moody 8-2, and defeating the host Coquitlam Adanacs Tyke teams 7-1 and 3-0. Opposing coaches complimented the Kelowna Kodiaks on their tenacity, commitment to defense, and team speed.
This caps off a 13-2 record for the team this year (incld. no more than 2 goals being scored against the team in any single game). Well done to Coach Ryan/Matthew Wickert.
We know that this means we’ll be hearing more accomplishments coming from the 2005/2006 cohort of Kelowna Kodiaks lacrosse players in the future. Congratulations to the players, their coaches, and families!!
Sun, March 10, 9am – 3pm
OK College KLO campus health building rooms 111 and 111A
Dear New and Returning Referees,
Lacrosse season is just around the corner and thus so it this years’ referee clinic.
Please be advised that this years’ clinic will be held March 10th, 2013 9 am at the OK College KLO campus health building rooms 111 and 111A.
For anyone who hasn’t refereed lacrosse before and is interested in joining this year, we are always looking for new officials and would love to have you on board.
For those people that did officiate in years past, we look forward to having you back and look forward to another successful season.
If you are interested and would like to register, or have any questions, please feel free to send me an email.
KMLA Head Referee