SWAT Still Searching for Their First Win

The Saskatchewan SWAT Junior A lacrosse team are still searching for their first victory after dropping two decisions to the St. Albert Miners last weekend.

Before the weekend even began, the SWAT received bad news. Members of the Calgary Mountie tested positive for COVID-19, leading to a juggling of the roster.

Any players who played against the Mounties on July 16 had to isolate, meaning that the SWAT had to play the weekend with any players that didn’t play on July 16 and Junior B affiliated players.

Despite the depleted lineup, the SWAT lost a close 13-12 game to the Miners for the SWAT’s home opener of the season on Saturday, July 24.

After two periods of play, the SWAT had a 10-9 lead, but they couldn’t hold on in the third and final period.

It was right back to the Kinsmen Arena in Saskatoon on Sunday for the second matchup. However, the SWAT were not able to rebound from the loss the previous night as the Miners took it 12-7.

Once again, it was a late push by the Miners that gave St. Albert the win. The SWAT were only trailing by two goals early in the third period, but the team from Northern Alberta were able to pull away.

Although it is early, the SWAT will be playing catchup for the rest of the season in the standing. The Miners sit in first with a perfect 7-0 record, followed by the Mounties at 3-2-1 and Okotoks Raiders sit in third at 2-4-1.

The SWAT were scheduled to played the Mounties on Friday, July 30, but that games has now been cancelled. Saskatchewan is back in action when they hit the road to face the Okotoks Raiders on Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 1 where they will be searching for their first win.

Shawn Slaght
Shawn Slaght

Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.