By all accounts it was a successful home weekend for the Williams Lake Bighorns lacrosse team, said club president Eric Chrona.
Teams throughout the association hosted Vanderhoof, Prince George and Quesnel to open their seasons at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex during the weekend.
In the peewee division the team finished with a perfect 2-0 record. In its first game the peewee Bighorns doubled Quesnel 12-6.
Goal scorers were Joe Ernst (3), Owen Kielpinski (3), Jaden Chrona (2), Beau Sanford (2), Charlie Beulne and Kalub Scaiano. In game two the Bighorns knocked off Vanderhoof, 11-7.
Jaden, who was playing up a division from novice, exploded for seven goals, while Sanford tallied twice and Kielpinski and Scaiano notched singles.
The Bighorns’ novice squad, meanwhile, ended the weekend with a 1-1 record. They fell 15-9 to Prince George, then rallied back to dominate Quesnel, 14-3. Jaden had another seven-goal outburst in game one, while Carter Boomer scored twice.
In game two Jaden scored five times, Boomer had a hat trick, Alec Sanford knocked in two and Lane Carson, Jordan Betts and Ashton Foote had singles.
In the midget division the Bighorns lost its first game to Quesnel, 8-1, with Marco Rigoni scoring the lone goal.
“Jarod Chrona played a stellar game [in goal] in keeping the score within reach,” midget head coach Ken Grieve said.
Next, facing a combined Vanderhoof/Mackenzie squad, Williams Lake dropped a heartbreaker where the Vanderhoof/Mackenzie team scored with 45 seconds left for a 6-5 win. Ben Rigoni led the way with a hat trick and Jarod, again, was terrific in net, Grieve said.
On the bantam side, a team of first-year players, the Bighorns finished 0-2, falling 7-0 to Prince George and 11-1 to Prince George. Jacob Coldwell was the lone scorers for the Bighorns bantam club.