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PCI sweeps doubleheader in Portage

By Aaron Wilgosh, The Graphic

PCI attacker Tim Syrota slipping around a Vincent Massey defender Friday afternoon in Portage la Prairie as PCI won both games of a doubleheader held at Portage Collegiate Institute. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

PCI attacker Tim Syrota slipping around a Vincent Massey defender Friday afternoon in Portage la Prairie as PCI won both games of a doubleheader held at Portage Collegiate Institute. (Brian Oliver/The Graphic)

The team fed off the home crowd all game.

Portage Collegiate Institute was dominant in the Manitoba High School Field Lacrosse League Friday afternoon when the Trojans beat Vincent Massey Winnipeg 4-2 before handing the Sturgeon Heights Huskies a 6-1 loss at Portage Collegiate Institute in Portage la Prairie.

“The kids enjoy playing in front fans at the school and any time we can get an opportunity to have that many people out it’s exciting,” says Trojans head coach, Al Patterson. “We have to make sure to keep the emotions in check during home games too. We were in a way better place mentally and we had an opportunity to move the ball around well and score some goals.”

The Trojans started the day off with a little revenge. PCI lost their opening game of the year to Vincent Massey to kick off the season but the Trojans were able to control most of the play in Portage and walk away with a win.

“I think we came in with a better understanding and our heads were in the right place compared to the first game of the season,” says Patterson. “I think we thought we would be able to beat everyone and didn’t realize how hard we would have to play to make that happen. We’re excited this year because it seems like the kids can all handle the ball well.”

With one game in the books, the Trojans were at their best for their second match against the Huskies later in the afternoon. Portage’s ball control continued to be the key factor as the Huskies didn’t get much possession time. PCI’s defence got the job done in front of goalie Riley Sveistrup who allowed a total of three goals through both games.

The Trojans now sit 4-2 this MHSFLL are off until May 25 now when they visit RD Parker at Fort Richmond Collegiate in Winnipeg.


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