Ontario Wins Gold In Both Age Groups At Field Lacrosse Nationals

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WMLA players Will Carnduff, Benjamin Utrosa, Tristan Hanna, Bryce Tolmie and Mathieu Boissonneault helped Team Ontario U15 and U18 teams win Alumni Cup and First Nations Trophy at Canadian Lacrosse Championships in Halifax. The teams were coached by Brooklin Redman star Shawn Williams and Whitby’s Joel Johnson

OTTAWA, ON – It was yet another sweep for Team Ontario, who captured the U15 Alumni Cup and U18 First Nations Trophy at the Canadian field lacrosse national championships in Winnipeg, Man., this past weekend. The province also won gold in all three boys box lacrosse divisions at the national level earlier this summer.

 

The podiums in both division mirrored one another, with Ontario claiming two gold, British Columbia settling for two silver, and Alberta defeating Manitoba and Saskatchewan respectively to bring home two bronze.

 

Both championship finals were closely contested, however Team Ontario was able to hold off Team BC on both occasions, squeaking out an 11-8 win to capture the U18 First Nations Trophy and pulling away in the U15 Alumni Cup for a 13-9 victory.

 

“We are very proud of our teams and their winning results,” said Wendy Cuthbert, director of administration for Team Ontario Lacrosse. “The finals were well played and extremely competitive, with games undecided until late in 4th quarter. We would like to thanks the host organizing committee on a job well done, especially in getting all the games completed on Sunday under trying weather conditions.”  

 

Alberta had no trouble in their bronze medal matchups, defeating host Manitoba 9-3 in the U15 division and trouncing Saskatchewan in a high scoring U18 game by a score of 16-8.

 

All in all it was a great weekend of lacrosse in Winnipeg, which last hosted this event in 2009, despite some uncooperative weather. Buhler Recreational Park played host to over 30  games over the course of three days, with 11 provincial all-star teams in two age groups competing for the national titles.

 

“The weekend ran smoothly,” said Joey Lussier, chair of the host organizing committee. “We had a bit of an electrical storm run in on the final day, but after a few delays we managed to get some good weather for the medal games. There was some great competition throughout the weekend and the level of lacrosse was outstanding. We would like to congratulate all of the teams and thank all of the officials and volunteers for a great tournament!”

 

U18 First Nations Trophy Standings

  • Gold:       Team Ontario
  • Silver:      Team BC
  • Bronze:   Team Alberta
  • 4th Place: Team Saskatchewan
  • 5th Place: Team Nova Scotia
  • 6th Place: Team Manitoba

 

U15 Alumni Cup Standings

  • Gold : Team Ontario
  • Silver: Team BC
  • Bronze: Team Alberta
  • 4th Place: Team Manitoba
  • 5th Place:          Team Saskatchewan

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