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It’s going to be a little bit longer before lacrosse fans get to hear the familiar squeak of sneakers on the concrete floors of local arenas.

The Victoria Shamrocks announced on Tuesday, that in light of COVID-19, they will be cancelling their 2020 season.

The announcement came in conjunction with decisions by the Western Lacrosse Association along with Major Series Lacrosse in Ontario, who both have reached the agreement to suspend not only the 2020 season across the leagues, but also the Mann Cup national championship.

“First and foremost, it is about following the provincial guidelines, and keeping everyone safe and well,” said Shamrocks general manager Chris Welch.

The 2020 season was originally slotted to kick off this Thursday, May 21st, and was announced to be postponed back in March.

This would have been the Shamrocks 52nd season.

“We are disappointed but we are far from alone,” Welch said about the WLA’s decision.

“It’s happening up and down and all over in the sports world. Everyone has to do their part to flatten the curve and get past this thing.”

In a release, the Shamrocks have said they finalizing plans and processes to ensure that all season ticket holders who have already renewed their memberships for 2020 will be made whole.

When it comes to fans, the team thanks them for their ongoing support, and say, “We wish all of you the best and look forward to seeing you back at The Q Centre next season.”