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Burnaby Lakers to miss playoffs after disappointing 2022 season

The Lakers currently have a record of 4-12.
The Burnaby Sr. Lakers are out of playoff contention with two games left in the 2022 season. The top four move on to the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) postseason.

The Burnaby Lakers' struggles during the regular season have seemingly put an end to any hope of a playoff appearance. 

Heading into their match-up against the Salmonbellies in New Westminster tonight (July 28), the senior 'A' squad holds just eight points in the Western Lacrosse Association (WLA) standings with a record of 4-12.

The top four teams at the end of the year punch a ticket to the postseason. Burnaby is currently 10 points back of fourth place with only two games left.

If the Lakers win their final contests, they would finish with a 6-12 record and 12 points. 

In their past 10 games, their record sits at 2-8 with a .250 winning percentage.

Burnaby lost a number of games this season by a one-to-three-goal margin, which ultimately cost them valuable points. 

Lakers general manager Kevin Hill told the NOW at the start of the season his coaching staff's expectations hadn't changed, despite a two-year break form lacrosse because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"Myself and the coaches all have the same goals, having a good, productive season and making the playoffs. Once we make the playoffs, everyone knows anything can happen," he said, while still believing the future is bright for the team. 

The Lakers will play their final game of the season will be on their home floor on Aug. 7 against the Langley Thunder, 7 p.m. at the Bill Copeland Sports Centre. 

As of this publication, the fifth-place Salmonbellies are still in contention for that final playoff spot and are just two games back of Langley. Both teams have three games left.

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