Lacrosse season in Alberta is just firing up. Several teams throughout various levels of the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League played their first games of the 2019 season this past weekend. The Jr B’s had the busiest schedule with six games played and the Edmonton Jr B Warriors were the only home team to collect a win. The Senior B circuit had one only game with the Rockyview Knights defeating the Sr B Mountaineers 8-6.

Senior B will be the focus of this article as this weekend the defending Champion St. Albert Miners play back-to-back road games. Here’s the recent history on the Sr B Miners provided by Jordan Cornfield, “won provincials and went to the Presidents Cup in 2010, 2011, 2014(bronze), 2016(gold), 2017 (gold), 2018 (gold)“. On Friday May 3rd they visit the Beaumont Outlaws at 8:30 at the Ken Nichol Rec Centre. On Saturday May 4th they visit the Sr B Warriors playing out of Fort Saskatchewan’s Jubilee Rec Centre at 8PM. The Sr Warriors then host the Outlaws on Monday night at 8PM.

I had the opportunity to ask St Albert Miners Sr B Coach Vay Diep a few questions which he kindly responded to.

How does a team manage such remarkable consistency?

“It starts with the support that we receive from from our volunteers, board of directors, family members of all involved. They allow the coaching staff and players to concentrate on the task at hand. With the lessons learned from our prior Presidents Cup appearance in 2010, 2011, and 2014, it gave us an insight to what we needed to work on. We determined that our organization needed a core of players that were committed to the process. Along the way, we were able to sign some key free agents that fit into what our goal was – to compete and eventually win a national championship. We’re very fortunate to date to have won the last 3. To conclude, we’ve built a culture that players want to play in, built a system that allows the players to succeed. End result is the players and organization benefit from their commitments, sacrifices, hard work.”

On twitter I saw the Jordan Cornfield has passed the Captain C to John Lintz – can you comment on that? 

“Since Lintz came back from the WLA/Sr.A in the summer of 2010, his contributions on and off the floor have been a major factor of our success. Lintz has been part of the leadership group through our growing pains and our recent successes. It was a natural transition from one great leader to the next.”

Who are a couple players to watch for?

  • Richard Lachlan – offence – hard nose for the cage, great release, pure sniper
  • Graedon Cornfield – offence – soft hands in tight with a cannon from the outside, scores big goals when called for
  • Aaron Duff – Defence – beast of a defender, keep your head up when going through the middle. Moves very fast for a big defender
  • John Lintz – Defence – loose ball magnet, blocks more shots that I have ever seen a player do. transitions the ball up the floor quick. 
  • Ryan Dilks – Defence (yet to be confirmed), best defender in the world, his resume speaks for itself. Knocks off passes like no other player. His presence settles the defense.
  • Brady Johnson – Goalie –  2nd full Sr.B season, we feel that his ready to take the next step

Here’s to a great weekend of lacrosse in Alberta!

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