(KITCHENER, ON) – Against the province’s top-end talent, the Windsor Warlocks intermediate girls lacrosse club put up a very decent weekend at the Lax Angels tournament in Kitchener-Waterloo. On May 26, the Warlocks opened the weekend against the host Kitchener-Waterloo Braves, tying them in a 3-3 nail-biter.
The two teams traded goals in each period, constantly jockeying for the lead. In the first, Hunter Johns scored early for the Braves, but was answered by Cassidy Mailloux late in the frame.
In the middle stanza, Windsor took the lead with a blast from Reese Stewart, but she faced a rebuttal soon after by Johns. Warlock Lindsay Jubenville put up a go-ahead goal midway through the third, but received a response in short order from Avery Hamill of Kitchener-Waterloo to knot the game at three.
Windsor’s Megan Land and Liz Werner of the Braves shared the tie.
The next morning, the Lady Warlocks met their arch-rivals, the Wallaceburg Griffins in their second game of the tourney. Despite the 3-1 loss, goalie Kristen Leclair picked up a shutout period in the third for Windsor. Angela Rolph scored the Warlocks’ lone goal.
That evening, Windsor ran into a tough-as-nails Nepean Knights squad and fell 3-0. Land was stellar between the pipes, putting up blank periods in the first and third for her Warlocks teammates.
On Sunday, Windsor played a consolation final game and gave an excellent showing to close out the tournament, crushing the Mississauga Tomahawks 6-1. First period goals from Jaime Land and Stewart got the ball rolling for the Warlocks as they pushed the pace.
In the middle act, Windsor’s Sarah Large got into the act before Stewart extended the lead to four. Emma Hebert answered for Mississauga in an effort to get her team going, but before the period could end, Natasha Atherton subdued any Tomahawks momentum with a tally in the dying seconds of the period.
A lone goal from Windsor’s Jenna Simons in the third was the final nail in the coffin for the game.
Another great performance in net by Leclair was punctuated by a pair of shutout periods.
“The girls played a solid tournament,” said coach Lloyd Land. “Overall, our goaltending with Kirsten [Leclair] and Megan [Land] is awesome. Defence is tough, physical, and is definitely our identity. Offence is getting there, but is what we need to work on. Still a very young team that will get better every game.”
The intermediate girls are next in action this Sunday against the London Blue Devils with a pair of games at Forest Glade Arena at 12noon and 3:00pm. Also playing home games this weekend on Sunday will be the midget girls at 11:00pm and 2:00pm and the midget boys at 1:00pm and 4:00pm.
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