BCJALL Review: Port Coquitlam Saints
PORT COQUITLAM SAINTS
LAST SEASON: 4-17 - 7TH - MISSED PLAYOFFS
158 GF 219 GA -61 GD
A year removed from making a Minto Cup run, 2019 wasn’t as kind to the Port Coquitlam Saints. Despite being competitive in a number of games, the Saints were all too often on the losing end, putting up just four wins in what can be considered a rebuilding year.
Poco is another team that does have a plan in place. They’ve accrued a number of high-end draft picks in recent years and have done a good job accruing assets that can pay off for the club in a big way sooner rather than later. A number of them already have. Take a look at Jacob Dunbar, who posted 59 points in 18 games, or Garrett Winter, who put up 30 points in 11 games.
The Saints are also seeing success at lower levels, including at Junior B1 where they cracked the playoffs. They had a lot of movement between the two teams, showcasing the potential of the new tiering system in BC Junior lacrosse. Jr. B players played 55 games for the big club in 2019, and there’s no reason it can’t keep trending upward. It shows the potential of what the Saints can become, especially with an experienced coaching staff in place, and Dan Stroup at the helm.
If Poco can add more goal scorers to its ranks, 2019 may prove to just be a blip on the radar for the Saints’ resurgence.