The Vermont Junior Voyageurs opened up its first year as a program in the Montreal Junior Lacrosse League with a pair of wins over two teams from Montreal over the weekend.
After taking down the Montreal Shamrocks 15-4 on Saturday, the Voyageurs blew through the Montreal Phoenix 14-8 on Sunday.
They improved to 2-0. The MJLL is for lacrosse players between the ages of 17-and-21-years-old.
“Our talent level is without a doubt very high,” said Junior Voyageur coach Trevor Wagar, who is also the captain of the Senior Voyageurs. “I am very fortunate to be coaching a group of kids that are so committed to their development as a team and as a program overall.”
Lawrence Dee, who plays at St. Michael’s College, finished the weekend with eight goals and three assists.
He is one of the more experienced box lacrosse players on the team according to Wagar.
Dustin Vitagliano had six goals over the weekend.
Defensively, Wagar is looking at Cooper Warden to be a key defender throughout the season.
“He is a big, rangy, athletic player,” said Wagar. “He can cover anyone and eliminate them as a threat, and can also be a drive force to get the ball up the floor.”
Wagar was happy with the start of the young club, particularly being new with players playing with each other for the first time.
He has high hopes for the team overall.
“With most of the players playing field lacrosse in college, they have a high energy to them to be able to play during their offseason,” he said. “They are all excited to be facing competition in a league this year and are excited to improve on their overall skills.”
Wagar noted after a Senior Voyageurs game two weeks ago that the team didn’t have as much experience as the other teams in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League.
He is hoping that by tapping into local talent with a junior team, it will pay dividends for the future of the Senior Voyageurs.
“By tapping into a pipeline of local players, it makes things much easier for our senior team in terms of travel and practices and what not,” he said. “With a junior program like this, to really make a name for ourselves in the box lacrosse world.”
The Junior Voyageurs will travel to take on the Kanehsatake Warriors on Saturday and Montreal Phoenix on Sunday before returning home to the Essex Skating Facility on July 12 to host the Warriors.