Two wins lift Islanders to second

Playing out of the Sungod Arena, the Delta Islanders are off to a 3-1 start to the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League season. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Playing out of the Sungod Arena, the Delta Islanders are off to a 3-1 start to the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League season.
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The Delta Islanders shook off their first loss of the season to win twice in as many days last weekend.

The B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League (BCJALL) team topped the Port Coquitlam Saints 10-7 at home Saturday night at the Sungod Arena in North Delta, then ripped the Burnaby Lakers 17-9 on the road Sunday evening.

With a 9-7 setback in Coquitlam last Wednesday (April 30) against the Coquitlam Adanacs, the Islanders are in second place in the eight-team BCJALL with a 3-1-0 (won-lost-tied) record, one point back of the 3-0-1 Adanacs.

Delta battled the Adanacs for the entire 60 minutes in their lone loss of the season. After playing the home side to a 4-4 tie after 20 minutes, the Islanders trailed 6-5 after two periods and then were outscored 3-2 in the third.

Eli McLaughlin and Evan Messenger each had two goals for Delta, with Shawn Richardson, Connor Davidson and Jonathan Phillips adding singles. Phillips also had a pair of assists.

Delta outshot Coquitlam 42-39. Ryland Hood made 30 saves in the Islanders net.

At home against the Saints Saturday, Delta fell behind 1-0 early in the game, then took a 3-1 lead by the first intermission and never looked back. The Islanders outshot the visitors 54-32 and built the lead to 6-1 late in the second period.

Messenger and Jayden Campbell each tallied twice for Delta, with Alex Morghese, Mike Henry, Spencer Bromley, Jesse Worley and Tyler Nett adding one each. Henry, with three assists, was the top scorer with four points.

In Burnaby Sunday, the Islanders erupted for 10 goals in the second period in a blowout victory over the Lakers.

Messenger struck for three first period goals, staking Delta to a 3-1 advantage at the first intermission.

Messenger finished with four goals and six assists for a 10-point game. Phillips scored four times and had three assists, and Henry contributed a pair of goals and six assists.

Worley also scored twice with Morghese, Bromley, Jake Carey, Mike Avery and Shawn Richardson netting one each.

The Islanders play twice again next weekend, hosting the 0-2-0 Langley Saints Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Sungod Arena, before another visit to 0-2-0 Burnaby Sunday evening.

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