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Nll Players Battle For Summer Glory

08/18/2003, 3:07pm EDT
By National Lacrosse League

Vancouver Ravens forward Dan Stroup (14 goals, 7 assists for 21 points) and Rochester Knighthawks forward Shawn Williams (8 goals, 13 assists for 21 points) are leading the scoring attack for the Coquitlam Adanacs in the playoffs of the Western Lacrosse Association in British Columbia. Coquitlam and Victoria are set to begin play in the WLA Finals on Tuesday. The Coquitlam team also features Calgary Roughnecks forward Tracey Kelusky (13 goals, 4 assists for 17 points). The Coquitlam team reached the WLA finals by defeating North Shore four games to one in their best-of-seven series. Philadelphia Wings veteran netminder Dallas Eliuk set the tone in the series with a Goals Against Average of 7.90.

The opposition will come from the Victoria Shamrocks, a deeply talented team led by Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares, Toronto Rock forward Blaine Manning and Rochester Knighthawks forward Derek Malawsky. Tavares paced the offense (11 goals, 6 assists for 17 points) as Victoria cruised to a 4-0 sweep of Burnaby to reach the WLA Finals. Anaheim goaltender Matt Roik posted a stellar 6.98 Goals Against Average in winning four straight games in the series.

The players of the National Lacrosse League keep their skills sharp and entertain fans by playing lacrosse nearly year round. Several NLL players take part in the Ontario Lacrosse Association and the Western Lacrosse Association during the summer months.

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