Outlaws’ inaugural season was ‘better than expected’

By paNOW Staff
June 16, 2017 - 11:04pm

The first ever season of senior men’s lacrosse in Prince Albert was wrapped up with a tidy 14-6 win by the Prince Albert Outlaws over the Saskatchewan S.W.A.T Friday night at the Kinsmen.

The Outlaws ended their first ever year with a 4-7-1 record, including a win by forfeit last week over the Estevan Impact.

As it turned out, it was one win away from cracking the top four in the Prairie Gold Lacrosse League and making the playoffs, as the Saskatoon Steelers picked up five victories on the year.

Although the Outlaws did not make the postseason, they were pleased especially with the improvement they made from their opening day 19-4 loss to the Saskatoon Brewers on April 21 at the Steuart Arena.

“Better than expected,” Outlaws defender Mark Peterson said. “After the first couple games there, we probably thought we could make the playoffs but we fell short last weekend. But it was a lot better than expected, we improved quite a bit from that first game at the Steuart to tonight.”

Peterson took over the Outlaws’ player-coach role for Friday’s contest while playing a regular shift on defence. Lawrence Holizki, the regular Outlaws’ player-coach, was suspended for Friday’s game for abuse of an official after a 12-9 loss to the Steelers last week.

Peterson, like Holizki, was involved in organizing the team for their inaugural season and is glad he did to bring senior men's lacrosse to P.A.

“It’s awesome. We’ve been trying for quite a few years to get a team going but it didn’t work out [before]. We had enough guys that we knew that really wanted to play, so we got the word out,” Peterson said. “We did a little bit of rec last year to see how many guys we could get out. It just kind of snowballed from there. Next year, some of the Predators will be done junior and hopefully come and play with us.”

The Outlaws got a pair of hat tricks in their last regular season game scored by Tyler Tilford and Javan Bexson. Taylor Wilcox had a pair of goals and two assists.

 

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