PORT PERRY: Nick Loyst and Neil Roberts, both from Port Perry, have played on the same lacrosse teams for more than a decade. One of their proudest moments in the sport came this past weekend while competing with the Green Gaels Alumni Team at the 23rd annual Aleš Hrebeský Memorial tournament in Prague.
For Roberts, 23, it was his third time competing in the tournament which hosts more than 20 teams from around the world while it was the first time for Loyst, 24. After four straight wins for the Green Gaels in the tournament, all in resounding fashion, both Roberts and Loyst were selected for the All Star team.
They were part of the North American team which took on the Europeans in a fun, but still competitive game on the Friday night of the tournament. The event also featured several skills competitions between the two teams during period breaks.
For the third straight year, Roberts started in net in the All Star game and played the first quarter, not allowing a goal, before the next goalie switched in for the second quarter to allow all four goalies a chance to play.
Loyst, a solid defenceman, more than held his own in the All Star game and throughout the entire tournament. Following the game one of his counterparts on the European team requested they switch jerseys, resulting in awkward photos after the tournament.
Both Roberts and Loyst played Junior B lacrosse with the Green Gaels team out of Clarington. This team is made up of alumni of the Green Gaels as well as other talented lacrosse players including former National Lacrosse League player Gavin Prout.
The team lost a close semi-final game to the local team, and fan favourite, the Custodes, and then played the Finnish team for the bronze medal. They won that game 7/0, Roberts' second shutout of the tournament.
The tournament is named for a former Custodes player and very promising lacrosse player, Aleš Hrebeský, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1993. His family was in attendance at the tournament which honours his memory.
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