(WINDSOR, ON) – Over the course of the summer, no less than three Windsor lacrosse players brought home medals from the Canadian Lacrosse Championships in Halifax and Saskatoon. In July, for the third consecutive year, the Windsor Warlocks minor girls program sent a player with Team Ontario to compete for the national prize.
Following Jaime Land in 2015 and Reese Stewart in 2016, Avery Garant made her way out east to Halifax to represent Ontario for the big prize. She scored a goal and an assist as her team compiled a 4-3-0 record to bring home a silver medal.
“Avery has been playing with older girls for a few years and finally had a chance to be one of the older ones this season,” said Windsor Warlocks president Jerry Kavanaugh. “She was a leader on the midget girls team and worked hard to make Team O. Very deserving.”
Garant, whose enthusiasm for the game is boundless, cherishes the opportunity.
“My Team Ontario experience was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I had a fantastic time out east and I made new friends in the process. It was definitely a one of a kind experience and I am happy to say that I was a part of it.”
The trip east proved to be a lasting cultural experience for Avery, a step up in usual league play, and a learning experience for the Warlocks star.
“I went out there and I got to experience new things on every corner,” Garant said. “I got to see the culture that lives in cities, even just hours away from us, through the bond with my teammates, and I got to see how different the style of play is in other provinces. It is an experience I will never forget and I left Halifax with a renewed joy, despite only getting silver, and friendships that I will always remember.”
On labour day weekend, Juiced Cherries field goalie and Warlocks sniper Connor McManus, and current Windsor Clippers rookie of the year Jake Rosa, headed west to Saskatoon for the National Field Lacrosse Championships. McManus backstopped the Team Ontario Under-15 club to a silver medal and was named an All-Canadian, starring in net in the tournament all-star game.
“I had a lot of fun and made a lot of new friends,” recalled McManus. “It was great to be able to represent both Ontario and Windsor. I hope more kids will start playing field, it’s a great experience.”
Rosa played in the Under-18 tournament, the same weekend, where he and his teammates put on an outstanding performance and conquered the national crown; the First Nations Cup. Rosa was also named an All-Canadian and played in the all-star game.
“My Team Ontario experience was great,” said Rosa. “I made many new friendships and memories that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. The games were a lot of fun and very competitive. Overall my Team O experience was one of the best experiences of my life.”
Rosa is a draft pick of the Minto Cup Junior A national champions Six Nations Arrows, who boasted two other former Clippers this season, Liam Leclair and Josh Jubenville.
“McManus and Rosa are both real good box players and their skills translated easily to the field game,” said Kavanaugh. “A lot of the credit for Connor and Jake has to go to Jake Kenney and the Juiced Cherries program in Michigan. Their coaching and knowledge of the field game [are] ahead of anyone we had here, and the opportunities our players are seeing as a result have been awesome.”
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