Lacrosse talent takes duo to NCAA universities

Adam Bakular-Evans and Tanner Jones are graduates of Comox Valley Lacrosse Association

The Comox Valley Lacrosse Association is accepting registrations for their 2015 season. There is a 2015 registration link on their website, www.comoxvalleywild.com.

“We offer teams for players born between 1999-2010 and our teams fill up on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early,” a CVLA spokesperson said. “Lacrosse is a perfect off-season sport for hockey players and is a fast-paced, fun game.”

CVLA alumni Adam Bakular-Evans and Tanner Jones got their start in box lacrosse when the CVLA started in 2004. Both have gone on to play Div. 2 in the NCAA.

Bakular-Evans is a recent graduate of Lake Erie College in Ohio. He started playing box lacrosse in Parksville, after being introduced to the sport in PE class, then in 2004 his family moved back to the Valley where he graduated from Midget as the top scoring player. The following year, CVLA put up an Intermediate B team which he played on.

He then went to play A ball in Nanaimo and has been there ever since. Bakular-Evans is currently going into his third year for the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) Senior A Timbermen as a defenceman.

Also skilled in the outdoor version of the game, he has been selected twice for the Team BC field team. In 2008 he started playing field lacrosse out of Campbell River, and has also played in Parksville and Victoria.

In 2010, Bakular-Evans was honoured with a four-year field lacrosse scholarship to Lake Erie College, where his team won the ECACs in his last season.

He has given back to the community by being an official and coach while he was a Midget and Intermediate player. This season he is coaching the U12 field lacrosse team for North Island Field Lacrosse. You can also see him in the elementary schools these days promoting registration for the upcoming box season.

Bakular-Evans would like to become an elementary school teacher and is now working with Vancouver Island University advisers to transfer his American credits over to Canada.

Meanwhile, Jones has just started his NCAA career with Lees-McCrae College of the Conference Carolinas in North Carolina.

He was a multi-sport athlete through high school and credits Midget coaches Peter Parke and Warren Dickie with taking his game to the next level and giving him the confidence to pursue his dream of playing collegiate lacrosse.

For more information, visit the CVLA website or email cvlacrosse04@gmail.com.

 

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