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Junior lacrosse

A pair of junior A St. Albert Miners are competing at the World Junior Lacrosse Championship with Team Canada.

Bryce Schmermund of St. Albert and Callin Harris of Stony Plain are the only Alberta players on the 23-man roster for the six-team tournament at Mississauga, Ont.

Group A consists of Canada, Australia and Israel, and group B features Poland, Iroquois and United Sates.

Canada’s first game was Tuesday’s 24-4 rout of Australia as Harris scored once and added four assists.

Thursday’s 16-2 convincing win against Israel included one assist for Schmermund and two goals and two assists for Harris.

Schmermund, a defender, is a minor lacrosse product of the St. Albert Rams and Harris, an offensive player, has ties with the Parkland Posse organization.

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SAMSL playoffs

Thursday’s playoff results in the St. Albert Men’s Soccer League determined Sunday’s semifinal pairings at Riel Park.

The Impact Alumni, the defending Playoff Cup champions, received a first-round bye as the first-place team at 9-1-2 and will play the winner between the Forest Park Rangers (6-5-1) and Magnitude FC (5-6-1) at 1 p.m.

The Impact will also represent SAMSL at the Tier III provincials, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 in Calgary.

The winners between Force United (8-4) versus Lads FC (1-10-1) and Prestige Worldwide (7-2-3) versus Aveng FC (1-9-2) will face-off at 3 p.m.

Thursday’s scores were unavailable at press time.

The finals are next Saturday at Riel Park 11 a.m. for the third-place game and 1 p.m. for the Playoff Cup.

Meanwhile, Daniel Ward of Force United is the Golden Boot scoring champion with 13 goals and Brandon Smith of Prestige Worldwide was the runner-up with 12.

Terry Esposito, last year's top scorer with 14 goals, tied for third with Vince Bustamante of the Impact with 11 apiece.

Impact 4 women

The St. Albert Impact 4 women’s team has two division 1A matches remaining to secure a provincial playdown berth in the Edmonton District Soccer Association.

The 2018 Tier I provincial champions play ASC Fury/KC Trojans 2 (5-4-4) today at 2 p.m. and Rionero FC (7-6-1) Monday at 7 p.m. at ESA Complex.

The Impact (9-3-2) leads the Spruce Grove Saints (9-4-1) by one point for the second playdown spot behind the Wind (12-2) in the division table.

The Impact also holds the tiebreaker with the Saints for the second qualification spot in the Aug. 20 playdowns. The EDSA is sending two teams to Tier I provincials, Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 at ESA Complex.

The Golden Boot scoring title is also up for grabs as Brittany Kindzierski’s 15 goals is two behind the division leader, Jackie Furminger of the Saints.

Shyanne Walton is third in the scoring race with 12 goals.

Last year Kindzierski was the top scorer with 23 for the second-place Impact (10-2-2).

Impact 5 women

The first of two matches in four days against Sherwood Park Phoenix 3 was Thursday’s division 2A loss for the St. Albert Impact 5 women’s team.

Julia McDougall’s team-leading 14th goal and Jissell Lafoy supplied the offence in the 4-2 setback at Strathcona Athletic Park.

Phoenix (11-1-1) and the Impact (10-2-2) are ranked first and second, respectively, in the division table with Rio Terrace FC (9-3-1) challenging for second place.

The top two teams advance to the Edmonton District Soccer Association playdowns for qualification at the Tier II provincials, Aug. 30 to Sept 2 at ESA Complex.

Sunday’s kickoff against Phoenix is 6:30 p.m. at Millennium Place field.

The Impact were coming off Tuesday’s 4-3 win against Dreadnought 2 (7-4-7) at Riel Park as Oriah Martin-Coates tallied twice and McDougall and Mia Smith netted singles in support of goalkeeper Anastacia Lalonde.

The last Impact match before the playdowns start Aug. 20 is Thursday versus Dreadnought at 7 p.m. at Strathcona Athletic Park.


Jeff Hansen

About the Author: Jeff Hansen

Jeff Hansen joined the St. Albert Gazette in 1991. He writes about sports, athletes and teams from St. Albert and area.
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