McNeill makes his mark

Chilliwack native Connor McNeill is one of 21 players who have been selected to Team B.C. for the upcoming 2011 Commissioners Bantam Box Lacrosse National Championships.

McNeill was chosen after an evaluation process that wrapped up last weekend in North Surrey.

Sixty eight players were invited to the camp, with McNeill competing against the best of the best from the Fraser Valley, Interior, Vancouver and Vancouver Island. A bantam aged players who plays a level up (midget A1)  with the Burnaby Mountain Selects, McNeill was the only player from the eastern Fraser Valley to make the grade.

The final roster includes players from Juan de Fuca (five), New Westminster (five), Coquitlam (three), Port Coquitlam (two), Delta, Surrey, Port Moody, Burnaby and Semiahmoo.

McNeill tried unsuccessfully in the past to make the Team B.C. peewees, making this selection all the sweeter.

His team will be coached by Kamloops native Doug Clark, who has led teams into this tournament three times (winning two silvers and a bronze). Clark has been involved in one way or another with the Team B.C. Box Lacrosse program since 2004.

The tournament will take place in Whitby, Ontario July 31-Aug. 6 and McNeill’s crew will be expected to do well.

B.C. and Ontario are  perennial powerhouses at the event, with Ontario taking gold in 2008, 2009 and 2010.