ORILLIA LADY KINGS
Regular season action for the Nesbitt Burns Orillia Lady Kings senior lacrosse team came to an end and the team enters the provincial championship on a roll as they traveled to Oshawa on Sunday and came away with a pair of decisive wins.
Orillia’s first match would pit them against the surging Toronto Beaches squad and 1st half action was back-and-forth with Orillia having a narrow 4-3 lead at the half. Orillia would dominate the second half play outscoring their opponents and finishing with a convincing 10-4 win.
Kitchener-Waterloo resident and U19 call-up Syd Watson shone in net thwarting any offensive push by the Beaches especially in the 2nd half and earned the win in net. Orillia‘s second half defensive pressure was guided and contributed by Rachel Mochulla, Morgan Vickers and Camryn Kelly while the offense was lead by team leading scorer Kiah Shanks notching four goals to take her to 33 for the regular season.
Camille Vibert also kept pace recording a 3 goal, 1 assist effort giving her 23 for the regular season as well. Adding goals for the Lady Kings would see Kyra Meredith, and Jordan Kummer and Kelsi Pritchard rounding out the goal scoring. Annie Lloyd chipped in with much needed and appreciated three assists herself.
A lengthy delay in the schedule didn’t seem to faze the Lady Kings as they would next face Mimico and knowing a win was paramount in gaining a high seed going into provincial championships, they would romp to a 16-2 win over the Mountaineers.
Again, Orillia would get balanced scoring throughout the lineup and again attention to defence was a key to this victory. Vickers, Mochulla, Kendall Boyd and Kelsi Pritchard’s focus allowed Syd Watson to earn the win despite limited offense pressure from the opposition. Jordan Kummer would lead the Lady Kings with a 4 goal effort followed by fellow Queens University team mate Emily Arkell notching a hat trick. Shanks and Meredith would add a pair while singles came from Annie Lloyd, Camryn Kelly, Mochulla, Boyd and Camille Vibert.
Orillia now awaits final rankings to see where they finished the regular season and hope the momentum carries them back to a championship opportunity.
Orillia finished 8-1-1 during the regular season and will start provincial play next weekend in Brampton. After regular season play, Orillia would finish with a 4.40 goals against average per game and hope their attention to defence carries through to next weekend.