Kelowna ‘Twin Towers’ end 4th with Crew Israel at World Junior Lacrosse Championship

Kelowna natives Josh Yachney and Justin Charlton (dubbed the Twin Towers due to their tall stature) wrapped up their World Junior Lacrosse Championship with Team Israel last weekend, finishing in fourth place.

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<p>Israel began their tournament with a 17-10 victory over Poland.  Yachney scored a hat-trick and added two assists for a five point night.  Charlton contributed a goal and two assists for three points.</p>
<p>Game two had the Middle Eastern country take on the Haudenosaunee, who have claimed back-to-back silver medals at the tournament.  Despite seven points from Yachney and four from Charlton, the Haudenosaunee proved to be too powerful, as they won 28-14.</p>
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With the 1-1 record, Israel advanced to the quarterfinals to take on Australia. The game was an offensive clinic from the two Kelowna locals, who combined for 15 points (five goals, 10 assists) in the dominant 23-11 victory.

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<p>Israel was then in the semifinals, which pitted them against the back-to-back defending champs Canada.  While Charlton and Yachney combined for five points on the night, they fell 20-9 to Canada.</p>
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After scoring an average of just under 16 goals a game, the offense finally abandoned Israel in the bronze-medal match against the USA.

Finding the back of the net just three times, USA ran away with the 15-3 victory and the bronze.

In the final, Canada claimed its third straight championship with a 16-9 win over the Haudenosaunee.

Despite the lackluster ending to the tournament for the team, Yachney and Charlton were top three in team scoring throughout. Yachney finished with 25 points in five total games, while Charlton had 15.

Next up for the ‘Twin Towers’ is a journey to Port Coquitam to join the Kelowna Raiders, as they battle for the Alcan Cup.

The Alcan Cup is the championship for the winners of the Senior C BC Lacrosse Championships, which is taking place Thursday, Aug 18 to Sunday, Aug 21.

The Raiders booked their spot in the tournament when they defeated the Kamloops Rattlers in the Okanagan final last month.

Yachney and Charlton both played sparingly for the Raiders, but the four-day tournament is sure to be chock full of competitive battles.

Raiders begin the tournament with a game against the North Shore Indians on Friday.

For more information on the World Junior Lacrosse Championship, click here.

For information on the Alcan Cup, click here.

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