They are two very different players, but both come with a respected value to the Victoria Shamrocks.
Cory Conway is off to a torrid start in the points department with the Western Lacrosse Association club, which travels to Langley tonight to face the Thunder at 7 p.m., and Karsen Leung continues to run up a storm as a transition player with the two-time defending league champions.
“It’s just a natural gift I have, I guess, and I use it to my abilities,” Leung said of his speed and ability to run forever.
“That’s my advantage, my speed. This team needs me to push the ball and we have a lot of guys on this team who can run the floor with me, which is nice.”
Leung, 25, also plays that vital role with the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.
In four games since rejoining the Shamrocks following the NLL season (he played the day after the Roughnecks bowed out of the playoffs, a sign of his dedication), he has two goals and three assists. One goal came short-handed as Leung plays in those key situations.
“Karsen is such a great player,” coach Bob Heyes said. “We know what we’ve had with him from Day 1, but he steadily improves and he’s consistent. There’s the odd time when he wants to take off early [in transition], but those are habits we have to instill in everyone.
“He’s such a threat [with his speed]. Against Burnaby [an 11-5 win], we needed goal in transition and he got it. It was a key performance for him. He took a shot to the head [on his ear], he iced it and he finished the game. He just gives you everything he has every night.”