A closer look at Sooke’s lacrosse players

Four of Sooke's young men have made the cut to play with the Victoria Shamrock's lacrosse team.

Picture from left to right are: Zack Homer

Picture from left to right are: Zack Homer

Four of Sooke’s young men have made the cut to play with the Victoria Shamrock’s team. The Shamrocks play  what is called “Box Lacrosse,” or indoor lacrosse. The play area is tighter, the net is smaller, and the game is rougher than its outdoor counterpart. Box Lacrosse has existed as a sport since the 1930s.


Profiles

Zack Homer

Age: 16

Years of experience: 6

Years in Sooke: 16

What does it mean to you to be a Shamrock lacrosse player?

As a kid growing up, I watched the Shamrocks play lots. I thought it would be the best thing ever to wear the Shamrock Jersey, and now that I have been signed, it is a great feeling to wear it myself.

What are your goals for this season?

To be the best defensive player I can be, and to win Provincials. Offense wins the game; defense wins championships.

What words of wisdom would you offer to other future lacrosse players?

Always keep your stick in your hands, work hard, and always have fun.


Ian Grundy

Age: 17

Years of experience: 9

Years in Sooke: 17

What does it mean to you to be a Shamrock lacrosse player?

I watched the Shamrocks growing up, and I always wanted to play for them when I got older. And now, here I am. I feel honoured to be a part of a high level lacrosse team with so much history, and that has such a positive impact on the community.

What are your goals for this season?

Win the league, win the Provincials.

What words of wisdom would you offer to other future lacrosse players?

Work hard, keep your stick in your hand, never stop learning the game. And if you really want to learn, then come  and watch us play!


Gabe Harman

Age: 16

Years of experience: 11

Years in Sooke: 16

What does it mean to you to be a Shamrock lacrosse player?

I grew up watching them, so now to be a part of them is a dream come true. I’m honoured to be representing our whole city at this level of the sport.

What are your goals for this season?

Win the league, win the Provincials.

What words of wisdom would you offer to other future lacrosse players?

Never stop learning the game. Watch high-level teams like the Shamrocks!

 


Alex Garson

Age: 16

Years of experience: 7

Years in Sooke: 1

What does it mean to you to be a Shamrock lacrosse player?

It means a lot. There’s a great lacrosse tradition, and a lot to live up to. I’m excited about the challenge. I hope to make the Shamrocks proud and lever a championship game to Victoria.

What are your goals for this season?

Grow as a team, always try and get better. Winning is important, but as long as we give 100 per cent effort and never give up.

What words of wisdom would you offer to other future lacrosse players?

Stay committed and determined, always keep the stick with you, and develop a love for the game. Most importantly, have fun.

 

 

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