story and photos courtesy of Andrew Howard
This past weekend, while many lacrosse fans were watching the Peewee, Bantam, and Midget Provincial Championships another Provincial Champion was being crowned on Cornwall Island. On the beautiful Akwesasne Reserve the Senior Women’s Box Division was battling to decide supremacy for 2011. The Grand River Attack, Toronto Stars, Peterborough Lady Lakers, Whitby Rush, and host Akwesasne Warriors all came together for the first ladies Provincial Championship played outside of the Durham Region.
The Grand River Attack came in as the favourite having won the last 3 Provincials in a row and also having won 2 of the 3 tournaments this year. That run was to be no more as the 5 teams that make up the Senior Women’s Division all brought their play up to make for a very interesting final weekend of lacrosse.
The Peterborough Lady Lakers finished in 5th place but were able to solidify their place as a team on the rise with a hard fought early victory over the Toronto Stars. This team has improved all year and have shown incredible resilience by coming back from being down to make many games very interesting.
The Akwesasne Warriors finished 3rd in the round robin but lost in the Bronze Medal game in what was a spirited affair between them and the Grand River Attack. The Warriors had an excellent tournament and were only in the Bronze game due to a tie breaker between them and Silver Medalist Toronto Stars. During round robin play Akwesasne battled to 2 huge wins over both Peterborough and Grand River.
The Grand River Attack finished 4th in the Round Robin and 3rd in the tournament. They were able to tie eventual winners, the Whitby Rush and then in the final round robin game get a win over Peterborough to put them into the Bronze Medal game. Grand River is always a dangerous team to play against and we will see what adjustments they make going into next year.
The Toronto Stars finished the tournament in 2nd and were only able to qualify to be in the Gold Medal game after a victory over the host Akwesasne team that put them just ahead of the Warriors to be able to play in the Gold Medal game. This set up the final game to be the same as in a previous tournament where Toronto beat the Whitby Rush by a 2-0 final score.
The Whitby Rush were not going to be denied this year coming into the Round robin and they played well all weekend. After the round robin the Rush had amassed 3 wins and 1 tie and were showing no signs of slowing down. The final game was a close one with the score being 2-2 after 2 periods of play. Scoring for the Rush were Aimee Tanaka and June Hogan. In the final period Whitby was able to get one past the Toronto keeper by Jenn Bowers on the power play and that was all that was needed as the pressure defence from the Rush was too much for the Toronto Stars, and the Whitby Rush were victorious with a 3 to 2 win. It was an excellent year all around and a great way to finish off the year. The Rush can’t wait until next year when they get to defend their title.