Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (

Victoria, BC (ISN) – Special teams played an integral role in the finals of the 2012 Female Lacrosse National Championships at Bear Mountain Arena on Thursday, but not in the traditional way. BC scored a pair of shorthanded goals in the Bantam final to defeat Ontario 4-3 and added another shorthanded marker in the Midget final en route to 4-2 victory also over Ontario.

In the Bantam final BC got out to a 2-0 lead off goals by Keeley O’Neill, shorthanded, and Megan Kinna before Ontario battled back with goals from Jessica Digirolamo and Melanie Comacho to send the game into the 1st intermission tied 2-2.


Keeley O’Neill (L) opened the scoring for BC with a shorthanded goal at the 2012 Female Lacrosse National Championship on Thursday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)


BC captain Elle Hamilton gets in the face of Ontario’s Melanie Camacho during Gold medal game of the 2012 Female Lacrosse Championship at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

BC went back in front off a shorthanded marker by Katie Browning then Elle Hamilton added what would turn out to be the game winning goal on a breakaway late in the 2nd period. Ontario’s Jessica Digirolamo would add her 2nd goal of the game in the final minute of the 3rd period to make things interesting but they were unable to get any more past BC goaltender Bianca Ballarin, giving BC their 1st National Bantam title.


BC’s Bianca Santucci drives past the check of Ontario’s Jessica Digirolamo during final game action at the 2012 Female Lacrosse Bantam Nationals at Bear Mountain Arena. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

 43Y8006  43Y8149

Selena Lasota of Campbell River (L) and Jenna Chernoff from New Westminster (R) helped Team BC to a 4-2 victory over Team Ontario and the 2012 Female Lacrosse National Midget Championship. (photos by Glenn Ivens)

The Midget final saw BC’s Kaitlyn Yan open the scoring followed by a shorthanded marker from Squwey Gottfriedson in the 1st period then added goals from Marlo Bellamy and Jenna Chernoff in the 2nd period to stake a 4-0 lead before Ontario’s Jamie vanGoozen found the back of the net behind Nanaimo’s Talia Mavin to cut the lead to 4-1 after 2 periods of play.


Squwey Gottfriedsen of Team BC breaks free from two Ontario defenders. Gottfriedsen would go in and score a shorthanded goal on the play to put BC up 2-0. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

It should come as no surprise that a team coached by former WLA and NLL defensive stalwart Pat Coyle would play a tight defensive game, limiting Ontario to very few good scoring chances. They were able to get one more past Mavin late in the 3rd period but it wasn’t enough as BC clinched the National Midget title for the 1st time with a 4-2 victory.


BC’s Harlowe Steele drives around Ontario’s Alexis Kinmond during Gold medal game of the 2012 Female Lacrosse Midget Nationals on Thursday. (photo by Glenn Ivens)

In Bronze medal action Alberta beat Nova Scotia 12-1 in Bantam and would need double overtime to win 3-2 in Midget.