(WINDSOR, ON) – According to coach Barry Garant, the Windsor Warlocks intermediate girls lacrosse team have three objectives this summer: to win, to increase their lacrosse IQ and, most of all, to have fun.
“Everyone is aware of what our goals are and so far, early in the season, we are progressing well,” said Garant.
The season is progressing well indeed. They just claimed the silver medal at the prestigious Six Nations Tournament, finishing 2-1 in the round robin, with wins over the St Catharines Athletics and Thunder Bay Ice, before falling to a solid Nepean Raiders squad in the final.
The Ontario Lacrosse Association currently has the Warlocks ranked ninth in the province with a record of 12-7-1.
“It’s our first year playing offence/defence so people are starting to fit into their roles better, their strengths are coming out,” said team captain Jaime Land. “We’re struggling a bit on the offensive part, but our defence is good enough that it kinda makes up for it.”
The Warlocks are currently dominating their zone with a 5-1-1 record, but are in a tight battle with the Wallaceburg Griffins (4-3-3) for Zone 7 supremacy.
“Most of this team has been together for the past four years and because of that they have a sense of how each other will react on the floor in different situations,” said Garant. “This chemistry is something that has been nice to see early on is this season.”
Land also see improvement in the Warlocks team-play.
“I think we have a better chance at winning tournaments and provincials because everybody’s just doing what they’re good at instead of everything,” said Land.
Even in her own game, her goal is to, “focus more on what I know I can do well, instead of trying to do everything,” she said. “Like, I do really good at taking the draw and making plays and assisting more than scoring, so I’ve been focused on assisting people.”
The Warlocks girls program is in its fifth year of existence and, with the growing popularity of the sport, tryouts for the intermediate team was very well attended.
“It’s the first year we’ve made cuts in a long time, so that was a big deal, obviously, because you had to fight for your spot,” stated Land.
So far this year the girls have competed in three tournaments. In May, they played in the Kitchener Lax Angels Tournament, finishing 2-2 with shutout victories over the Guelph Regals and St Catharines.
“[Megan Land has] more shutouts than should be possible,” said Land about the intermediate goalie. “Our defence is good, but she does take a lot of shots.”
The tandem of Land and Kayla Seguin have blanked six of their 10 wins this season.
“It’s nice not having to worry about every shot going in,” said the Warlocks’ captain. “It’s nice. If the defence does make a mistake, which happens, not everyone’s biting their lips.”
Two weeks ago, the intermediates went 3-2 at the Whitby tournament, collecting a pair of shutout wins against the Orillia Kings in the process while also knocking off the Simcoe Timberwolves.
Jaime Land is one of three Team Ontario veterans on the team, along with Reese Stewart and Avery Garant. Also, those three are joined by NCAA recruit Cassidy Mailloux who will be attending Bethany College in West Virginia this fall.
The roster is filled out by assistant captains Jaime Cunningham and Madelyn Beausoleil, Lindsay Jubenville, Jayden Sweet, Coreen Tabbenor, Angela Rolph, Alexa Robinson, Emma Beausoleil, Kim Hurst, Anicea Saliba, Sarah Large, Natasha Atherton, Jenna Simons, Madison Ducharme, Kim Primeau, Karlie Kitzul, and Brooke Gaudry.
Their next home games will take place on July 21 at Forest Glade Arena at 1pm and 5pm when they take on London Blue Devils.