3 STARS: Strong performances by Islanders

by Owen Munro

1ST STAR - BEN MCDONALD - DELTA ISLANDERS

3 GAMES - 14 GOALS - 4 ASSISTS - 18 POINTS - 5 PPGs

McDonald is as talented as they come in the local sporting scene. Not only is he filling the net at a rapid pace for the Delta Islanders, he's also gearing up for a big year at the helm of the South Delta Sun Devils offence. For now, the focus remains on lacrosse, and his hot start to the 2019 season. McDonald already has 34 goals in just 10 games as one of the main focal points of the Delta O. He and the likes of Rhys Porteous and Keegan Kozack have given the Islanders a true offensive identity, contributing to Delta's current three-game win streak. That has them right in the thick of things, pulling them into tie for fourth place with Poco, who they beat 8-6 last weekend.

McDonald has had some wicked games for Delta, including an eight-goal night in a big win over the Maple Ridge Burrards. Four of those came as Power Play markers. McDonald also sits No. 2 in league scoring behind his teammate Porteous with 48 points - and leads the league with 34 goals. 

2ND STAR - ASHTON LECLAIR - DELTA ISLANDERS

2 GAMES - 6 GOALS ALLOWED ON 66 SHOTS - .909 SV% (SOME STATS UNAVAILABLE)

Ashton Leclair has stepped up with some big performances this past week, and it's coincided with Delta's strong stretch of games, picking up two wins against teams they're fighting with for playoff position in Poco and Nanaimo. He was stellar in an 8-6 OT win over the Saints, making 60 saves in a full 70 minutes of work. He turned around and made the necessary stops to give the Islanders a big win on the road over the Nanaimo Timbermen. If he keeps giving Delta solid starts, they could be a very tough out in the playoffs. 

3RD STAR - ISAAC SWAN - VICTORIA SHAMROCKS

2 GAMES - 5 GOALS - 3 ASSISTS - 8 POINTS - 1 PPG

Isaac Swan returned to the Victoria lineup and started off hot, posting a four-point-per-game average in his first two appearances. Swan, who committed to Lewis University field lacrosse in January, is also coming off a 50-point season in 2018 with 23 of them coming as goals. Swan was also a trusted player for the 'Rocks during last season's provincial championship run. Victoria probably didn't need more talent in their lineup, but in some cases, you can never have enough, especially in proven scorers like Swan. Look for him to continue to lead Victoria's O heading into the playoffs.