COQUITLAM - For a team that didn't even make the playoffs last year, it's hard to characterize coming within two games of a Mann Cup berth as disappointing.
And for his part, Coquitlam Adanacs coach Bob Salt wouldn't have it any other way.
"I'm so proud of this team," he said. "We went with a plan to rebuild this team and for them to play like they did was awesome. They played way, way better than most people thought they could."
The Adanacs bowed out of the Western Lacrosse Association playoff final Wednesday after dropping a 9-5 loss to the two-time league champion Langley Thunder, ending the series in six games.
The Adanacs were able to roll with the Thunder up until the midway point of the second, holding down a 3-2 lead until Langley tallied four straight in a span of five minutes.
Entering the third down 6-4, the A's were then outscored in the third by a 3-1 margin.
"They're a very experienced team, but the fact is, they're a really good lacrosse team," Salt said. "They were built to go to the Mann Cup this year and we were in their way."
Coquitlam's offence was led by a two-goal night from Mark Negrin, while Ryan Johnson, Daryl Veltman and Ben McIntosh each chipped in with singles.
Nick Rose made 37 saves on 46 shots in the Coquitlam nets, and was terrorized by playoff MVP Lewis Ratcliff all series long. The two-time Mann Cup winner collected 49 points in the WLA playoffs and put up five points on Wednesday, including the game winning goal.
"Langley's a terrific team. Our guys should hold their heads up high," said Salt.