(WINDSOR, ON) – It’s never easy being new to a sport, but the Windsor Warlocks midget girls lacrosse team are in tough against some great teams and their newest recruits are learning how to win. With a 4-11-2 record, the girls are up against the likes of the Sarnia Pacers, Nepean Knights, and Whitby Warriors as they travel from city to city learning the game and developing into solid lacrosse players.
“[We’ve] been very competitive in every game,” said Warlocks’ head coach Lloyd Land. “[I’m] very pleasantly surprised with how well they have competed and started the season.”
The team is anchored around rookie goalie Faye Hoster, an experienced hockey player who decided to take a run at a new challenge.
“As you know, it all starts with the goalie,” said Land. “We are very lucky to have Faye Hoster step up and go in net. She is doing awesome in her first year of goaltending.”
As an upstart goalie, Hoster explained that her big focuses are her movements in the crease and tracking the ball.
“It’s really hard,” she said. “It gives me a challenge.”
We have a “very young team with only four moving up next year,” said Land. “Half the team is playing at the bantam age. The future looks bright.”
With the young guns, the Warlocks also have a skilled returning cast to bolster their efforts.
“The team is made up of a great returning core group from last year, led by Julie Simons,” said Land. “If not for her injury I believe she would have made Team [Ontario] and we probably would have a couple more wins. We are seeing a few girls that have played house league making an immediate impact [and we] also have some great athletes with a ton of speed.”
At the end of June the Warlocks competed in Kitchener’s Lax Angels Tournament where they walked away as ‘B’ finalists. During the round robin, they went 1-1-1 with a clutch victory over the Six Nations Warriors and a tie against Sarnia.
“Every group is a little different and exciting,” added the coach. “My hopes for this team have grown exponentially since the beginning of the year.”
Along with Hoster and Simons, who is the team captain, the club consists of assistant captains Kaelyn Kapsalis and Mariah Labelle, Alex Begbie, Vanessa Marchenkowsky, Abby Lyder, Jillian Zimmer, Jenna Wilson, Emma Ferrato, Kara Willis, Dakotah Sarty, Sierra Sarty, Lauryn MacPherson, Madison Robinson, MacKenna Brosseau, Kiara Owl, and Ariyanna Owl.
There is work to be done.
“[Coach Lloyd wants] no retaliation and [wants us to get] better on defence,” explained Hoster.
She added that she is excited about the Ontario Lacrosse Festival, which takes place this August in Whitby, as she is interested in seeing what these other teams will throw at her.
“We have a lot of growing to do, working our way towards the Provincials,” said Land. “If our growth continues, we should be competing for [the] B championships in Provincials.”
Hoster appreciates her teammates and has big hopes for them.
“I like them, they’re cool,” she said. “They’re really tough and don’t give up.”