Four Sasquatch Drafted by BC Junior A Lacrosse League
Four Mission lacrosse players hit the big time this past weekend, after being drafted into the BC Junior A Lacrosse League. Making the leap from minor to major lacrosse are Nathan McKeigan (11th overall to the Langley Thunder), Kalen Corona (23rd, also to the Thunder), Jesse Forster (30th, to Langley) and Lucas Taylor (33rd, to the Port Coquitlam Saints).
“It’s always a thrill to see our players go on to the next level, but when you have four in one year, that’s remarkable,” said Mission Minor Vice President, Paul Horn.
McKeigan has been a Mission player from the start, beginning at 7 years old. He credits his success to coaches Craig Vetterl and Scott Wortley, and to Team BC coach Tyson Leies. The offensive star thanked his parents for supporting him in the game, especially because he aims to be involved with it for many years.
Like DJ Saari, the former Mission standout who was drafted by the NLL Stealth last summer, McKeigan hopes to play professionally in either the National Lacrosse League or Major League Lacrosse.
Jesse Forster has played lacrosse in Mission for seven years. He is a multi-sport athlete, involved in field lacrosse and soccer as well. He credits McKeigan for getting him turned on to the game, and agrees that he has had excellent coaching along the way. Being drafted is a foreign experience in the minor ranks, but Forster took it in stride. “For me, being involved in the draft was awesome and very exciting. It was a new and fun experience for me waiting to see when I would get picked and which team I would be going to. I am very excited to play for Langley and I think that we will have great potential to do big things.”
Like his friends, lacrosse has become a big part of Forster’s life. “Lacrosse means quite a bit to me. It’s a great sport to play and there is nothing better than throwing a lacrosse ball around. My future plans are to go to university and continue to play lacrosse.”
Lucas Taylor was the only local player to get drafted by someone other than Langley. He is headed off to the Port Coquitlam Saints organization, a club that had been scouting him carefully and is keen to develop his skills. “Getting drafted by Poco was really exciting! It’s exciting to have the chance to play for such a great team and meet new people, as well as learn new things!”
Taylor has played all 8 years of his lacrosse career in Mission and, like the others, made a point of thanking his family, coaches Vetterl and Wortley, as well as his teammates. “A lot of older players from Mission have helped and guided me in the right direction over the years,” he says. “Lacrosse is a great social sport with a fantastic family-like community!” Like his Sasquatch comrades, he is looking forward to a bright lacrosse future.
“These are terrific kids and it has been a real honour to be a part of their lives,” said Mission’s Head Coach, Scott Wortley. “Each one of them deserves to proud and we should be proud of them.”
“For a community of this size, graduating 4 players to the BCJALL is quite an accomplishment,” said Jeff MacAulay, MMLC President. “This is especially important to us, because we have had two tragic losses in our lacrosse family this past year, so it is a nice to see these young men building a future because of this game.”
Mission Minor Lacrosse is taking registrations now for boys and girls born in the years 1999-2010.