Canada’s national summer sport is well-represented in West Kildonan.
For the past three seasons, the West Kildonan Collegiate Wolverines men’s field lacrosse team has gone undefeated, capturing the city and provincial championships three years running. The team is continuing its winning ways this season, sporting a perfect record of six wins and no losses as of Fri., May 23.
On Thurs., May 22, the Wolverines beat its rivals, the Garden City Collegiate Fighting Gophers, by a score of 4-1 in the KC-JD Field Lacrosse Classic at West Kildonan Collegiate. The annual game is in honour of late Winnipeg lacrosse players Kelly Clay (West Kildonan) and Justin "JD" Lysack (Garden City).
"The secret is our young kids are really good and talented and our vets are elite players with strong leadership qualities. Our best players are the best players in the province," said
Wolverines head coach Lorne Sanders, who is also president and GM of the Raiders Jr. Hockey Club.
Two of those elite players are Warren Kaminsky and Kelson Borisenko. Kaminsky, 18, who plays attack, has received scholarship offers from Medaille College in Buffalo, N.Y., Montreat College in Montreat, N.C. and Concordia University in Montreal, Que. Borisenko, 17, a midfielder will be attending Grade 12 at The Hill Academy in Vaughan, Ont. in the fall.
"It’s a private school based around lacrosse. You play every single day of the year, so I’m pretty excited for that," Borisenko said.
Borisenko has been playing lacrosse for about nine years. In addition to playing for West Kildonan, he plays box lacrosse (indoor lacrosse) for the Manitoba Blizzard in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. He also coaches the Sidewinders Bantam A squad, True Lacrosse Manitoba and helps out with the Team Manitoba U16 team.
Borisenko, who hopes to one day play NCAA Division 1 lacrosse in the U.S., considers himself a leader on the Wolverines squad.
"I feel l have a few of the guys looking up to me and I feel like I can be a positive influence," he said. "When I got here in Grade 9 everyone pushed themselves and pushed each other, and I feel like we’ve just kept that going. I think that’s what we have and other teams don’t."
Kaminsky said the Wolverines’ greatest strength is team chemistry.
"It’s a great tight-knit group of guys that love playing lacrosse," Kaminsky said. "We get along really well and I think that’s one of our biggest reasons for success. We all get along because we’ve played hockey or lacrosse at different levels together throughout the years. We’ve grown up together so we’re a tight-knit group."