Rebels swept out of playoffs by Pioneers

The Valley Rebels saw their season come to an end in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association semifinals.

The Valley Rebels saw their season come to an end in the West Coast Senior Lacrosse Association semifinals, as they suffered a sweep at the hands of the Ladner Pioneers.

The Rebels, coming off a 2-0 series win in the best-of-three first round over the North Shore Indians, hung with first-place Ladner in all three games of their best-of-five set.

But the Pioneers proved to be too much, edging the Abbotsford-based senior B men’s squad by scores of 10-7, 10-6 and 11-10.

The Rebels made a valiant comeback attempt in the series finale – trailing 6-3 heading into the third period, they drew to within a goal with 3:32 remaining on Jordan Hernandez’s third tally of the game. But they would get no closer, as the Pioneers punched their ticket to the final to meet the Tri-City Bandits.

In addition to Hernandez’s hat trick, Sean Kelly also had a huge offensive game in defeat, racking up two goals and seven assists. Brendan Galbraith (one goal, three assists) and Geordie Wells (two goals, one assist) also chipped in.