Victoria native Cole Pickup was selected 4th in the first round of the Western Lacrosse Association 2018 draft on Feb. 7. (Photo courtesy of Jay Wallace) Victoria native Cole Pickup was selected 22nd in the second round of the National Lacrosse League Draft on Sept. 18 (Photo courtesy of Jay Wallace)

Shamrocks draft seven players in the 2018 Western Lacrosse Association draft

Victoria selected Cole Pickup No. 4 overall

The Victoria Shamrocks received seven picks in the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) draft of graduating junior players.

But Victoria received one extra pick than was initially planned. They were supposed to get picks four, 18, 25, 39, 46 and 53 in the eight rounds, but they traded Evan Messenger to Coquitlam in the second round, to get Daniel Smith as the ninth overall pick. Smith was called up to the Senior Shamrocks last season and appeared in nine playoff games.

Shamrocks GM Chris Welch was happy with the draft and new additions to the roster, and he also felt the Messenger-Smith trade was bittersweet.

“Letting go of an outstanding young player like Evan Messenger was a very difficult decision, because I have confidence that he will be a star in the WLA for many years to come,” Welch said. “I thank him for his time with the Shamrocks and wih him and his family all the best.”

Cole Pickup was the the fourth overall pick and first for the Shamrocks. The left-handed Captain of the Junior Shamrocks has a 98 per cent scoring accuracy.

No. 18 pick overall, Alec Molander, hails from the Junior Timbermen in Nanaimo. He had 68 points and 35 goals with Nanaimo last season.

Shamrocks No. 25 pick Zac Christianson from their junior squad scored 44 points over the past five seasons with the club.

Adam Golia was the No. 39 pick and had 56 points over four seasons with the Junior Timbermen.

New York native, Tommy Scanlan, was the No. 49 pick and scored 40 points over 15 games with the Coquitlam Adanacs last season.

Shamrocks final pick of the night was Rees Cullen at the No. 53 overall. He played for the Junior Shamrocks last season.

The draft was held at Langley Events Center in Langely and the Island teams sent their picks in by phone.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

lindsey.horsting@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

On the agenda for Committee of the Whole tonight

Reserves and Surplus Policy and three land use applications

UPDATED: Emergency crews rescue pregnant woman from Mount Finlayson

Langford and Metchosin respond to roughly four-hour-long rescue

Oak Bay skaters bound for BC Games in Kamloops

Saanich resident aims for second gold

Victoria police pay special attention to domestic violence

Workshop for officers and others shows how domestic abuse trauma impacts for a long time

Oak Bay skaters bound for BC Games in Kamloops

Saanich resident aims for second gold

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

Victoria City rower medals at indoor world championships

Carl Schoch takes 2,000-metre sprint bronze in veteran category

Saanich Braves earn top awards heading into playoffs

MVP, Coach of Year lead Braves against Kerry Park Islanders starting Tuesday

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Most Read