ROCKS INK WLA 2014 SCORING LEADERS!
Victoria, BCÂ â€“ The Victoria Shamrocks are pleased to announce the return of two of the teamâ€™s most productive and popular players, with the re-signing ofÂ Rhys DuchÂ andÂ Corey SmallÂ to the 2015 lineup.
This powerhouse duo combined for 152 points in 18 regular season games in 2014, with 76 points each to share top spot for overall points in the WLA. Small was named a WLA 1stÂ Team All Star in 2014 and Duch took home the Denny Huddleston Memorial Trophy as the Top Scorer in WLA Senior A.
The duo dominated the attacking zone in 2014, combining for 74 of the teamâ€™s 176 regular season goals, and leading the â€˜Rocks to a league-best 8-game winning streak, the longest the WLA has seen since 2008.
Duch, a 6â€™ 0â€ right-handed shooter from Victoria is ready to start his 7thÂ full season with the Sr. Shamrocks as the reigning WLA Scoring Champion, with 40 goals and 36 assists in the 2014 season. A 3-time All-Star (2009, 2010, 2011), Duch comes into 2015 a veteran of the post-season, having started every playoff and Mann Cup game with the â€˜Rocks for the past 2 seasons.
Small, a 5â€™ 9â€ left-handed goal-scorer originally from St. Catharineâ€™s, ON, but now living and working in Victoria, had a stellar 2014 returning from a season-ending injury during the playoffs in 2013. As well as being voted â€œMost Popular Playerâ€ for 2014 by the fans, his 34 goals and 42 assists in the regular season keeping him in the top 6 in scoring each of his 4 previous years in the WLA.
Shamrocks fans can expect the return of these powerhouse players to be just the start of another exciting year of lacrosse in Victoria.
â€œCorey and Rhys are two critical pieces of our core,â€ said General Manager Chris Welch. â€œTheyâ€™re two young superstars in the prime of their careers and theyâ€™re hungry to bring a championship to Victoria. They have remarkable chemistry together and they really balance our attack by posing big threats from either side of the floor."
The Victoria Shamrocks kick off their 2015 campaign at home on May 22ndÂ against the Nanaimo Timberman at 100.3 The Q Centre in Colwood. Donâ€™t miss a minute of the action, and visit victoriashamrocks.com for information on season tickets, flex packs, and group packages.
The countdown to the home opener startsÂ Sun., Mar 15thÂ for the 3rdÂ Annual St. Paddyâ€™s Day Shoot Around. Kids can bring their sticks, gloves and helmets to the outdoor box at 100.3 The Q Centre and shoot around with Shamrocks from the Seniors, Juniors, and Alumni. Admission is free, details coming soon to victoriashamrocks.com.
Plus, registration is still open for the Shamrocksâ€™ Spring Break CampÂ Mar 16thÂ â€“ 19th; spaces are available but going quickly for Tyke, Novice, Pee Wee and Bantam players to get a chance to train with their Victoria Shamrocks! Registration is available online at victoriashamrocks.com/community/camps.
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