Rare loss for Rebels

The Ladner Pioneers handed the Valley Rebels just their second loss of the season on Friday, edging the Abbotsford senior B lacrosse squad 9-8 in overtime at MSA Arena.

The Ladner Pioneers handed the Valley Rebels just their second loss of the season on Friday, edging the Abbotsford senior B lacrosse squad 9-8 in overtime at MSA Arena.

“It was a really well-played game,” Rebels coach Jim Nishiyama said. “It was two of the best teams in the league, and somebody had to lose.”

The Rebels held a 7-4 lead at one point, but the Pioneers rallied all the way back to win in sudden-death OT. Brian Poole and Geordie Wells led the Valley offence with two goals and three assists apiece.

The Abbotsford squad still holds down first place in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association standings with an 8-2 record, while Ladner improved to 8-3.

The Rebels are off this week, and return to action on Friday, July 8 against the Tri-City Bandits (8 p.m., MSA Arena).