Stickmen land a goalie

Jumping from Ladner to Surrey, free agent goaltender Mike Lowe has joined the South Fraser Stickmen for the 2008 B.C. Junior Lacrosse League season.

Lowe, who played with the Delta Islanders a year ago, was ranked eighth in goals against among goaltender with more than 600 minutes played in the Junior A league with a 9.39 average.

He made 682 saves on 833 shots against, both of which are league highs.

“It was like an early Christmas gift, when Mike Lowe walked into camp,” said Stickmen general manager Paul Sparrow.

Lowe, 19, still has three years of Junior A eligibility.

The Stickmen have also added Winnipeg’s Scott Davidson and Seattle’s Greg Mahoney to the lineup. Davidson played 14 games with the Victoria Shamrocks last season, scoring three goals and four assists in 14 games played.

“He’ll add strength in our transition game, and may also find a spot on the power play,” said Sparrow.

Mahoney was a an All-American in field lacrosse while playing for Seattle’s Mercer Island high school, and will play a season for South Fraser before moving on to play the field game in the Ivy League for Yale University.

“These three players are all great additions and, with the players returning from last season, we expect to be much more competitive this year,” said Sparrow.

The Stickmen, who finished in the league basement for a second consecutive season with a 3-18 (won-lost) record, open league play April 23 in Burnaby against the defending champion Lakers. Their first home game is Sunday, April 27 against the Shamrocks.

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