Warlock Ladies Battle With Wallaceburg

Tea time.  Wallaceburg's Kristin Stanley winds up to sucker-punch a prone Payton Stieler.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Tea time. Wallaceburg’s Kristin Stanley winds up to sucker-punch a prone Payton Stieler.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

Mighton-HeaderBy Devan Mighton

(WINDSOR, ON) – The heated Windsor-Wallaceburg lacrosse rivalry is alive and well and has added a new chapter with the Warlocks’ intermediate Girls’ team in their inaugural season. In a pair of chippy, low scoring affairs, the ladies were handed two more losses by the Wallaceburg Griffins; 3-0 and 3-1 recently.

Windsor goalies Megan Land and Kristen LeClair have performed valiantly for the Intermediates allowing just 22 goals in 6 games. A sub-4 goals against average should translate into victories at any level, but the girls in front have only managed 9 goals-for on the entire season.

This has resulted in a 0-6 record.

It is not that they are a bad team. Any amount of time watching them play will tell you that they are neck-and-neck with every club they go up against. They have not found their scoring touch against the big, aggressive defenses of London, Wallaceburg, or Sarnia.

Windsor Madelyn Ducharme works the ball high in the offensive zone.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor Madelyn Ducharme works the ball high in the offensive zone.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

The Warlocks are a young team, most players are fresh out of midget, playing against established clubs of ladies as old as 21.

Head coach Lloyd Land was not shy about pointing out the offensive troubles.

“[We have] awesome goaltending and physically punishing defense, [but the] offense still needs to get cleaned up,” Land said.

In the morning game, Megan Land and her defensive core gave her team a very good opportunity to win. Zero goal support and strong tending from the Wallaceburg goalie, Jacqueline Ripley, made that impossible.

Shkuhnodin Shognosh scored the only goal of the first period, giving her Griffins a 1-0 lead. Land put together a shutout period in the second, but Shognosh and Jade Barko put the game out of reach in the final frame.

Windsor's Jaime Cunningham splits three Wallaceburg defenders while cutting to the middle.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Jaime Cunningham splits three Wallaceburg defenders while cutting to the middle.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

LeClair received the call for the afternoon game and was just as stingy as Land.

The Griffins took an early lead, finding scoring from Ryanne Logan. Windsor scored their first and only goal of the weekend with a blast from Taze Thompson, to tie the game going into the break.

Tabitha Hopkins would snipe in the second and Allison Mclean added an insurance marker in the final frame to take the game 3-1.

Ripley managed a pair of blanked periods in her second win between the pipes.

Overall, coach Land was happy with his girls’ performance.

“[The] Intermediate girls played great,” he said. ”[I’m] very proud of their start in intermediate zone play.”

Windsor's Taze Thompson eludes a Wallaceburg attacker.  She scored her team's lone goal of the doubleheader.Photo by Devan Mighton.

Windsor’s Taze Thompson eludes a Wallaceburg attacker. She scored her team’s lone goal of the doubleheader.
Photo by Devan Mighton.

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