Trojans lacrosse falls in debut

By Dan Falloon, Portage Daily Graphic

Going in blind, the Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans lacrosse team didn't know what to expect in their inaugural contest.

In their first match against Springfield Collegiate, PCI fell 5-1 at Winnipeg's Transcona Collegiate. Cole Brydges scored the team's first goal in its history.

In the face of the loss, head coach Al Patterson was pleasantly surprised by what he saw from the team.

"The score wasn't in our favour, but we had a lot of fun," said Patterson. "I think we learned a lot about playing the game and realized that we're not that far away from where we need to be in order to take some wins in this league."

Considering it was the team's first game, and many players hadn't played the sport before, Patterson saw plenty of building blocks for the club.

"Goaltending was great. I thought Keaton (Bachalo) played very well today," said Patterson. "Defensively, outside of three obvious breakdowns, we did very well. Just all around play, I was very pleased with the way the kids played today.

"I can't say enough about about the effort that they put in. They competed hard on the ball the entire game."

The major area of struggle, though, was approaching the Springfield net, which is something the Trojans will work on.

PCI will resume play Tuesday against Kildonan East before hosting a pair of games against Sagkeeng and Kildonan East at PCI on Saturday.

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