(WINDSOR, ON) – Due to a superior regular season record, the Windsor Warlocks midget girls lacrosse team received a bye into the finals of Sunday’s Zone 7 championship at Forest Glade Arena.
“Coming into our championship game the pressure was on,” said head coach Barry Garant. “[We] had won the Zone 7 midget girls championship in the previous two years and now they had an opportunity to 3-peat in front of the home crowd.”
And that they did by crushing the London Blue Devils 6-2.
“We knew we had to rely on our returning players to produce goals in our offensive sets, and our newer girls, to give our veteran goalie, Kayla Seguin, solid defence for the entire game,” said Garant.
Kim Primeau scored the opening goal for the Warlocks only two minutes into the match. Windsor captain Avery Garant tacked onto the lead just minutes later. London’s Allie Johnson brought the game back within one with 30 seconds left in the frame.
Early in the middle stanza, London drew the score even.
“Our girls shut the defensive door the rest of the game,” said Garant. “Our tender, Kayla, made many key saves throughout the second and third and played spectacular the rest of the game.”
With two minutes to go in the second, Kaelyn Kapsalis notched the eventual game winner for the Warlocks, followed by a trifecta of unanswered tallies to close out the game by assistant captain Tasha Atherton.
“The team as a whole deserved this championship,” said Garant. “They have all worked so hard for the entire year. This game was a testimony of that hard work.”
There is still one thing left for the midgets to do this season; win at the Ontario Lacrosse Festival. From August 8 through 10 the girls will travel to Whitby for a chance at province-wide glory.
“Although [the zone] championship is great, this is not our season goal,” explained Garant. “Our season goal is to win the provincial ‘B’ championship.”