FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – First it was three, but now five local lacrosse players will be going to the BC Summer Games this year.
Travis Domeij, Max Dobson, and Kyle Robertson were announced to have made the cut on the Zone 8 Cariboo-North East Box Lacrosse team, which also includes players from Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Prince George.
The trio have each been playing lacrosse for between five and six years, and say that they were surprised to have learned that they made the cut during tryouts that were held last month in Prince George. Though they are currently in their final years of Midget, the players hope to make a big impression on scouts from various teams in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island, where lacrosse has enjoyed a much larger historical following than in the Peace Region. Even if they don’t manage to turn scouts’ heads, Dobson, Domeij and Robertson say that they’re still very excited to be representing the Energetic City at the Games, and hope that their success in the sport will allow it to grow and entice other kids in the region to play the game.
Earlier this week, it was announced that two more players had made the cut, this time to the Zone 8 Field Lacrosse team. Peter McAdie and Cayden Frenett are both teammates of Domeij, Dobson, and Robertson on the Fort St. John Midget lacrosse team. McAdie is an eight-year veteran of the sport, while Frenett is only in his second year. Both players are incredibly excited to be representing the BC Peace Region at the Summer Games, which take place in Abbotsford, July 21st to the 24th.
While the pair may be a bit nervous about playing on a team against other regions across the province, the pair say that years of playing hockey mean that they won’t have much of an issue transitioning between the rules of the two sports. Body checking is legal in field lacrosse, while cross-checking isn’t. In box lacrosse, those rules are reversed.
All five Fort St. John minor lacrosse teams are in action this weekend, when they head to Mackenzie for their final games of the regular season.