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Missed opportunities spell beating for Langley lacrosse players

Coquitlam downs Langley Thunder 11-5 in WLA action at Langley Events Centre on Wednesday
The visiting Coquitlam Adanacs were 11-5 winners over the Langley Thunder in Western Lacrosse Association action at Langley Events Centre on June 12.

The visiting Coquitlam Adanacs were 11-5 winners over the Langley Thunder in Senior A lacrosse action Wednesday night at Langley Events Centre.

“I think what we take away from tonight is that if you can’t put a full 60-minute game together, you are going to struggle,” said Langley coach Ian Poole.

“There was just way too many mistakes, opportunities missed,” he elaborated.

“In a game at this level, at this speed, the unforced errors … you are just shooting yourself in the foot.”

Coquitlam led 3-0 after a period and were up five by the time the Thunder finally got on the board. They stretched their advantage to 8-3 after 40 minutes and were ahead by eight before a pair of late Langley tallies.

The Thunder offence was led by Robert Church, who had a hand in all five goals, scoring once and setting up the other four, with Tristan Kirkham (2-1), Nathan Lam (1-1) and Kyle Brunsch tallying the other goals.

Church was the game’s second star.

Matt Abbott was strong on face-offs for Langley, as the Thunder gained control on 15 of the 19 draws in the game.

Aden Walsh made 41 saves in the Thunder goal, as his team was outshot 52-46.

His counterpart, Andrew Gallant, came up with 41 saves and was named first star while Adam Noakes (2-2), Thomas Semple (2-0), and Jordan Roberts (2-0) all scored two goals apiece.

The loss leaves the Thunder at 1-5 in the Western Lacrosse Association standings while Coquitlam improved to 3-4.

Up next for Langley is a visit to Maple Ridge to face the Burrards on Sunday, June 16 at the Cam Neely Arena. It is the third and final meeting of the season with each team having won once.

Following that, the Thunder will be back at Langley Events Centre on Wednesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m., when they host the New Westminster Salmonbellies.

Langley Thunder lacrosse organization consists of senior A, junior A and junior tier 1 teams who play in the Western Lacrosse Association, BC Junior A Lacrosse League, and BC Junior Tier 1 Lacrosse League – respectively. All three teams play their home games at Langley Events Centre.