Islanders standout helps B.C. win silver at Bantam Nationals

Tournament in Coquitlam part of busy summer on the floor for Jared Maznik playing for three teams

A terrific summer on the lacrosse floor concluded with a silver medal for Jared Maznik at the National Bantam Championships in Coquitlam last month.

It was back in May when the Ladner native earned a roster spot with Team B.C. following a three-day tryout process.

The hosts went 3-1-1 in round-robin play at Nationals with wins over Saskatchewan (9-5), Nova Scotia (16-0), Manitoba (16-3), a tie against Ontario (4-4) and a loss to First Nations (6-4).

That set-up a rematch with First Nations in the semi-finals and B.C. avenged the earlier loss with a 7-3 triumph. 

B.C. was just seconds away from beating Ontario in round-robin play. This time the Eastern powerhouse jumped out to a 4-0 lead and cruised to an 8-3 win in the gold medal game.

Maznik was among B.C.’s top scorers in the tournament with 10 goals. He earned player-of-the-game honours against Nova Scotia.

Earlier, he had a leading role in the Delta Islanders advancing to the Bantam A1 Provincials where he earned all-star honours.

He has been playing the box and field versions of the game since he was five with the Islanders and Delta Footmen organizations.

Maznik also spent part of his summer playing for club team — the Woodsmen — where he helped them win gold over Denver Elite at the U.S. Box Lacrosse Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA. 

The multi-sport standout attends Vancouver College where he played for the Fighting Irish football and basketball teams last school year.

Lacrosse, however, is his passion with the long-term goal being to play for Team B.C. at the 2021 Canada Summer Games.

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