The Langley Jr. Thunder started strong but faltered late in their battle with the Port Coquitlam Jr. Saints.
Playing the season opener for the B.C. Junior A Lacrosse League on Friday night at the PoCo Rec Centre, Langley came out firing, pumping five goals past the Saints goalkeeper in the opening 20 minutes to build a 5-1 advantage.
But Port Coquitlam got back in the game with the only two goals of the middle frame and then took complete control in the third, outscoring the visitors 6-2 for the 9-7 final score.
Brett Dobray led the way for the Thunder with five goals, while James Rahe and Adam Gallen each had a goal and an assist.
Langley is back on action on May 5 when they visit Ladner Arena to face the Delta Jr. Islanders.
The Thunder home opener is May 10 against the Saints at the Langley Events Centre.