(WINDSOR, ON) – The girls are back in town. Kicking off where they left off in 2015 regional play, the Windsor Warlocks Midget Girls’ lacrosse team swept their season opening weekend with a pair of road wins in Sarnia and two more hosting London.
The defending Zone 7 champions already look fine-tuned for another run, putting on an offensive showcase in front of decently sized crowds both at home and on the road.
The Warlock ladies wasted no time getting started Saturday morning, taking it right to the Sarnia Pacers in the opening period. Goal scoring came from Sarah Large, Taze Thompson, and Reese Stewart, as Windsor ended the frame with a 3-0 spread.
Windsor’s Madelyn Beausoleil opened the scoring in the middle stanza. She was followed by Thompson with a pair more, Kaelyn Kapsalis, Natasha Atherton, and Avery Garant. Sarnia responded with an unassisted snipe from Ryley Biggar.
Up 9-1 in the third, Windsor refused to step off the pedal. Beausoleil and Thompson scored early to extend the lead, but the Pacers’ Avery Winder responded soon after. Following a brief lull in offense, the Warlocks buried their opponent, finding the net four more times in the final half of the frame. Thompson blasted two more for the natural hat-trick and a double hatty overall. Also, additional scoring came from Cassidy Mailloux and Anicea Saliba as Windsor ran away with this one 15-2.
The second game was a much different story.
The Warlocks came out flying again, running up the score. Stewart opened things up only a minute in. Soon after, Large added her own. Mailloux notched the next two at the halfway point and with four minutes remaining. Saliba added one more, later, to give Windsor a dominant 5-0 period.
Despite being blanked in the first frame, the Pacers did not sulk. Winder got her second of the day to shorten the lead to four. A stalemate ensued and the Warlocks did not find the net again until Beausoleil sniped in the final minute of the period.
The two teams struggled find the net in the third, but with the frame half gone Stewart scored her second of the game. Minutes later, Autumn Bressette picked up one more for Sarnia, but it was not enough. Windsor nailed down their second win of the day, 6-2.
Kayla Seguin landed both wins in net for the Warlocks with a pair of shutout periods on the day. Zoe Fex was given a workout in net for the Pacers.
On Sunday, the Windsor ladies were back in familiar territory as they hosted the London Blue Devils.
During the opening frame of the morning match, Thompson resumed her monster weekend, bombing a shot past Blue Devils goalie Ashlyn Chrisjohn. The score would remain 1-0 going into the break.
The middle stanza was dominated by the Warlocks, blasting 4 lasers past Chrisjohn before the period was through. Kapsalis made it 2-0 early on, followed by a pair from Garant to extend the lead. Thompson sniped again, late in the frame, to give her team a 5-goal lead.
In the third, the goalies took over. Seguin persevered throughout the game, frustrating her opponents, and earned a rare 5-0 shutout for her efforts. A shutout in lacrosse is a notable achievement due to the high scoring nature of the game. Chrisjohn suffered the defeat for her team, but backstopped her way to a shutout period in the third.
Later that day, Windsor continued their winning ways with a 5-3 victory over London. Thompson got the ball rolling with 5 minutes to go in the first, but the Blue Devils’ Lauren Tries responded soon after to bring a tie into the break.
London briefly led the game much of the second with an early snipe from Kaylee Cornelius. With minutes to play, Thompson would blast another to again knot the game.
Kaitlyn Tauschek retook the lead for Blue Devils on the first possession of the third, but that would be the end of London’s offense. The Warlocks soon came back in a flurry. Thompson scored to get her hat-trick, followed by Jaime Cunningham and Beausoleil to seal the deal for Windsor.
Seguin and Chrisjohn were again the two goalies between the pipes.
Coach Barry Garant was happy with what he saw on the floor.
“There were many girls who stepped up this weekend,” Garant said after the final game. “Newcomer Taze Thompson added plenty of goal support while our the team played great as a group. Some of the most improved players year-over-year [have been] Sarah Large and Madelyn Beausoleil, who both offered much improved defense and better ball control on the offensive side. On Saturday, Avery Garant played very well offensively and added great ball movement and control. Defensively, Tasha Atherton played as good as I have seen her play. Kaelyn Kapsalis, Mariah Labelle, Kim Primeau, Savannah Wakeham, and Julie Simons all contributed very well for their first year as players.”
Earlier this year, coach Garant named his team captains for the year. The “C” falls on Cassidy Mailloux for the 2016 season, while Reese Stewart and Avery Garant will serve as assistants.
Mailloux and Stewart did not attend Sunday’s games. Both were out of town for Team Ontario tryouts for a chance to play for a national title against other provincial teams.
The Warlocks are back in action on June 12 as they host the Sarnia Pacers for a doubleheader. Game times are 11:00am and 2:00pm.