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Champions crowned as Lady Kings house league season concludes

Teams in various divisions competed for medals at season-ending event at the West Orillia Sports Complex
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The 2019 Orillia Lady Kings house league girls' field lacrosse program concluded Monday night. Following the games, the players gathered for a large group photo on the bleachers at the West Orillia Sports Complex. Contributed photo

It seemed rather fitting that the final week of Orillia Lady Kings Houseleague play would feature the best weather of the season, giving us hope that next season will shine on us a bit better than this season. 

Players, parents and siblings finally sat in the warm sunny weather which brought out the goal scoring and competitive juices as all the divisions played for championship glory to wrap-up the 2019 season.

The Little Lady Kings' gold medal game would see Orillia KIA motor to the 6-3 win over McGregor on the Water. Alexandra Fagan paced her team with a hat trick while Ryley Crowther added a two goal effort as well. Abigail Catterall would round out the Orillia KIA scoring. Hannah Hester, Payton Smalley and Pyper McDonald were the goal scorers in the loss. 

Champlain Ready Mix would claim bronze with a hard-fought and narrow 2-0 victory over Dr. Hillson Eye Care Orillia. Briar Wakelin scored her team's only two goals to cement the win in the rare shutout victory.

Ava Wara would score a pair of goals with teammates Alyssa Glass, Emersyn McLaughlin and Anna Fagan also scoring to guide Freeman AutoSource to their 5-2 win over Mariposa Landscaping to capture the gold in U11 play. Kaelyn McDonald and Morgan Parnell’s efforts just were not enough in a losing effort. 

Northern Elite Lacrosse would receive a hat trick effort off the stick of Tessa Patterson in guiding them to a 6-1 win over Kutting Edge Promotions Inc. in the bronze-medal game. Emilijia Liger, Mya Roe and Molly Bergeron’s goals also helped Emily Bell earn the win in net. Sarah Pilger would be the lone goal scorer for Kutting Edge Promotions Inc.   

Goals were aplenty in the U13/U15 Recreational division and Orillia Power would claim the top prize, earning a narrow 9-8 win over BMG Glass & Aluminum. Pacing the victors would be Grace Wakeley scoring 4 goals and adding an assist, while Danika Tindale with a pair would help Gracie Morrison out-duel Emlyn Thompson in between the posts. Sarah Fagan, Willow Davidson & Claudia Page powered through with goals as well. Grace McLelland equaled Wakeley’s four goal effort with 4 of her own in the loss. Singles from Ava-Holly Elliot, Montana Kelly Mira Cresanto and Mia Wakelin rounded out the goal scoring in the gold-medal match.

Alexandra Elliott would earn the shutout victory in net pacing her team, TD Canada Trust, to another rare 7-0 shutout win over West Street Storage. Melanie Decock had a three-goal, one-assist night with teammate Kayleigh Tobey with two, Elle Reed and Izabella Marino finishing off the goal scoring statistics.

The U13/U15 Elite division would keep everyone on their feet as goals came fast and furious. Peak Engineering outlasted Bradley Homes in the hotly contested 10-8 victory to claim gold. Ryin Davidson scorched the score sheet with 4 goals and 3 assists and fellow lax engineer Anna Lajoie chipped in with a 3-goal performance as well. Olivia Glass with a pair and Ryley Black would round out the goal scoring and Megan Walsh earned the win in net. Three-goal efforts from Sydney Shawyer and Brook-Lynn May and singles from Jorja Hedges and Sofia Ceccanese just were not enough offence in the match for the local home builders.

Fittingly, the bronze medals would be shared by Meridian Credit Union and TJS Custom Sheet Metal as they would battle to a 7-7 tie to round out the action on field 4! Eleanor Waite came up big for the credit union crew recording a 3 goal effort with single goals from the sticks of Karley Eckstein, Bathany Marchant, Mayson Parnell and Jayden Taylor rounded out their team's scoring. Emma Marwick would also add her own hat trick effort in the sister-kisser and Melanie Smith with two, singles from Kennedy Clarke and Emma Pilger would be the final point getters in houseleague play for this season.  

This wraps up another Lady Kings Houseleague season.

Vice President of Girls Lacrosse, Mardi McLaughlin, would like to thank Amy Bruce (houseleague convenor), volunteer coaches, officials and especially the team sponsors for their continued support and efforts in making this season a terrific success. 

Planning for the 2020 season is already underway and negotiations with the weather gods are pending.