Three medals for New West girls lax

Bantam girls take silver medal, while juniors and peewees win bronze

New Westminster girls picked up three medals at the B.C. Lacrosse minor box provincial championships.

The bantam girls went home with a silver medal following a 6-0 loss to host Port Coquitlam in the championship final on Sunday.

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New West’s junior 1 team and peewee squad both won their final games of the provincials to pick up bronze medals.

The juniors routed PoCo 10-1 in their consolation final, while the peewees had to eke out a 2-1 win in overtime to come away with the third-place medal.

Nadine Stewart and Jenna Chernoff were both named all-stars for their respective junior teams.

New West midget Keeley O’Neill, bantam Erica Malcom and peewee Paige Brooks were also named all-stars.

New West 1 finished the regular season at 18-0 but started the B.C.s with a 3-3 blemish against eventual gold-medalist Coquitlam.

The juniors also fell 4-3 to Maple Ridge on the final day of the round robin.

“It was disappointing because the quality of our team deserved a better result,” said New West coach Rich Browning.

“In the first game, we were a little slow getting our legs under us.”

Depsite the bronze, goalie Bianca Ballarin and Chloe and Emily Nottingham also stood out alongside Stewart for the New West 1 side.

“Our challenge was to get everyone playing at the same time,” said Browning.

Coquitlam beat Ridge Meadows 6-5 in the final.

New West’s peewee girls also finished first in league play but had a slow start at the provincials.

The peewees played the entire tournament without their starting goaltender, but got an all-star stand-in performance from Brooks to earn the bronze.

“We were a bit unlucky,” said New West coach Doug Sweeney. “We had such a key season, it hurt to lose (our goalie). But to come through with the bronze, it was a pretty good season. It was very competitive.”

Ridge Meadows edged Burnaby 5-3 in the peewee final.

New West’s midget and junior 2 teams failed to advance to the medal rounds at the provincials.

Amber Haley, Gaby Jones, Jaime Lee, Shianne Lowka and Myhra Ali all earned Fair Play awards in their respective divisions.

Tony Malcom was named the Fair Play bantam coach.

Poonam Deol of New West was also named the overall Fair Play official.

In the girls’ midget division, Ridge Meadows 1 won the gold 3-2 in an all-Burrards final.

Coquitlam took the bronze 5-4 over Port Coquitlam.

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