Matthew Abbott brought home a bronze medal from the national peewee lacrosse championship tournament, held in Whitby, Ont. earlier this month.
Abbott’s B.C. squad fell 4-1 in the semifinal to the Iroquois, but clinched a podium finish by beating Alberta 8-2 in the bronze medal game.
“Our coach told us to keep our heads up and bounce back [after the semifinal loss], because that’s what good teams do,” said Abbott, age 12, who is going into Grade 7 at Heritage Park Secondary School this fall.
“We wanted to play for gold, but Iroquois was a strong competitor. But bronze was still awesome. We’re the third-best team in Canada.”
Abbott, the lone Mission native on the B.C. peewee boys team, said it was a thrill simply to crack the provincial roster. He went on to score six goals over the course of the national tournament, including the first goal of the bronze medal game versus Alberta.
“It was a great experience,” he summarized. “I learned a lot about lacrosse, and it was a lot fun.”