Jacob Dunbar, a member of the Port Coquitlam Saints of the BC Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League, has been chosen to play for Canada at the upcoming World Junior Lacrosse Championships. (Photo courtesy of Paul Evans Photography)

Semiahmoo Rock alum to represent Canada at World Junior Lacrosse Championship

Jacob Dunbar plays for Port Coquitlam Saints of BCJALL

Over the course of the last few years, South Surrey lacrosse player Jacob Dunbar has had plenty of memorable moments.

He was drafted in the first round, sixth overall, by the Port Coquitlam Saints in B.C. Junior ‘A’ Lacrosse League draft in January 2018 – one of a half-dozen Semiahmoo Peninsula players chosen that year – and not only did he soon reach his goal of stepping onto the floor at the junior ‘A’ level, he led the Saints in scoring this past season, with 27 goals and 59 points in 18 games played.

And next month, he will cross an even bigger goal off his athletic ‘to-do’ list when he pulls on a red-and-white Team Canada jersey and represents his country on the international stage.

Earlier this month, Dunbar, 18, was one of the first eight players selected to be part of Canada’s squad at 2019 International Indoor Junior Lacrosse (IIJL) World Junior Championship, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-11 in Mississauga, Ont.

“I’ve never played for Canada before, so it was a really cool moment when I found out,” said Dunbar, who received the good news via email.

“I’m really honoured and pretty excited to be on Team Canada.”

In order to make the cut, Dunbar first attended a regional combine, at which coaches and Canadian Lacrosse League staff whittled down the invitees to 40. From there, the number was cut down to the final eight players, which included Dunbar and two other B.C. players – Mitchell Sandberg from the BCJALL’s Delta Islanders, and Aidan Danby, who plays for the South Okanagan Flames of the Thompson-Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League.

The final 15 players are to be announced Monday.

Dunbar, who graduated from Elgin Park Secondary this past spring, answered “yes and no” when asked if he was surprised to have made the early cut of eight.

“The head coach, he was talking to me a lot (at the combine), so I thought I had a chance at it,” he explained.

Before joining the Poco Saints junior program, Dunbar grew up playing in the Semiahmoo Rock association. He first took up the sport at five years old, following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jordan – who also played junior ‘A’ with the Saints – and his dad, Scott, who was a longtime lacrosse player and won a Minto Cup national championship with the Esquimalt Legion in 1988, playing alongside the famous Gait brothers of Canadian lacrosse fame.

“My dad played all his life, and he put my brother in lacrosse so I just followed him and all his friends into the sport, too,” said Dunbar, who also played rep hockey with Semiahmoo Minor Hockey before giving up the sport at the bantam level in order to focus solely on lacrosse.

“I picked up a stick and couldn’t drop it.”

Having made a successful adjustment from youth lacrosse to junior last year, Dunbar was hoping for another smooth transition as he moves to the international level. The speed of the game, he said, will be the biggest adjustment.

“I know it’ll be a pretty big jump (in competition) because it’s teams from all over the world, and I’ll be playing with guys who are really good players, but I’m looking forward to it,” he said.

The Canadian squad will have a three-day training camp prior to the start of the tournament, which Dunbar, who plays offence, said should be enough time to mesh together as a unit.

“We are going to do some team-bonding stuff, and have some practices, so you really get to know everybody,” he said.

“And when you’ve got so many high-calibre players, everyone picks it up pretty fast. We’ll figure out how everyone plays – whether guys are cutters or shooters – pretty quickly, I think.

“I’m pretty fired up for it.”



sports@peacearchnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Surrey moves to ban sleeping overnight in RVs, motorhomes on city streets

Proposal comes amid complaints about homeless people living in recreational vehicles

$50,000 reward for ‘extremely violent’ South Surrey murder suspect renewed

Offer for information on Brandon Teixeira to remain in effect through April, 2020

Surrey restaurant owner who pointed handgun at staff loses court appeal

Jawahar Singh Padda tried to get his 30-month sentenced reduced

South Surrey man allows smart meter installation ‘under duress’

BC Hydro says devices emit fraction of radio frequency from a cellphone

White Rock senior ‘just sick’ about lost rings

Wedding, engagement bands discovered missing on Oct. 7

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Kamloops Blazers blank Vancouver Giants

A loss on the road for G-men

Man found dead inside Richmond business, IHIT investigating

Police believe the incident was not random

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Most Read