OTTAWA, ON – The Alberta Lacrosse Association is slated to host the 2018 CLA Midget Box Lacrosse National Championship from August 12 to 18 in Calgary, Alberta, joining Whitby, Ont., Saskatoon, Sask. and Halifax, N.S. as host cities for the 2018 box lacrosse national championships.
“From August 12 to 18, we will welcome the finest midget box lacrosse players from around the country to Calgary,” said Darrel Knight, chair of the host organizing committee.
The hosting of this event comes after last year’s historic national championship title. Alberta defeated perennial powerhouse Ontario, twice, including 5-4 in the gold medal game, to claim their first ever midget title. It was a huge victory for lacrosse in the province, showing that the competitive gap that has existed between Ontario, British Columbia and the rest of Canada for so many years is closing.
“Midget Nationals are the pinnacle of a box lacrosse players minor career,” added Knight. “The 2017 championship was won by Team Alberta, and it will be exciting to see our defending champions welcome the rest of the country to Calgary!”
The remainder of the minor box lacrosse national championships will return to their 2017 host cities again this year.
The peewee boys will play alongside the Ontario Lacrosse Festival in Whitby, Ont., from August 4 to 12, while the bantam boys will compete in Saskatoon, Sask., from August 9 to 14. Meanwhile, beautiful Halifax, N.S. will host the bantam, midget and junior girls divisions for the second consecutive year, from July 21 to 25.
“We are looking forward to an exciting national championship season,” said AJ Jomha, director of national championships with the Canadian Lacrosse Association. “Our Member Associations and the local host organizing committees always do a great job creating a memorable event for the athletes and their families, and this year will be no different.”