How fast is Burnaby Lakers fast?

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"]sj celebrate Scott Jones has a reason to celebrate, finishing the year second in team scoring with a 50-point season. Garrett James photo[/caption]

How fast is fast? Let's put the clock on the Burnaby Lakers during the 2016 Western Lacrosse Association regular season.

Burnaby kicked off the WLA senior season at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre against the Coquitlam Adanacs, while counting a couple of quick tallies 1:01 apart in the second period to edge the A's 8-6 in its home opener.

Jason Jones with his second of the game from Steven Neufeld and Scott Jones helped the Lakers into a 3-2 lead before Jackson Decker doubled the score from Chris Manwarring just a tick over a minute later.

But there were more fast flashes of brilliance to come.


Two games later at the Langley Events Centre, Burnaby nipped the Thunder 9-8 with a pair of first-period counters from Scott Jones and third star Dane Stevens that came just 33 seconds apart.

First-star Eli McLaughlin and Spencer Stevens shared assists on both the goals that put Burnaby out to a fast 4-1 lead.

Stevens counted four goals and one assist and Jones went one better with a five-point outing, while McLaughlin led the Lakers with a season-best four goals and eight total points.

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="200"]church celebrate Robert Church had a hand in Burnaby's fastest two goals this season, tallying a hat-trick goal against Victoria in June. Garrett James photo[/caption]

But that was not the fastest goal by a Burnaby pair this season.

fastest16The quickest two Laker goals came in just a 16-second span of the middle frame during a 12-9 defeat by the visiting Victoria Shamrocks on June 21.

Trailing 9-6 late in the second period, Robert Church finished off a well-executed passing play with his hat-trick goal that first saw all five runners handle the ball leading up to Tyler Digby's flip pass to Church on a pick and roll.

The 9-8 marker by Ilija Gajic came off the ensuing face off after some great work off the ball along the boards from Jackson Decker, Chris O'Dougherty and Jesse Fehr, who earned an assist on the play.