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Orillia Lady Kings rebound with wins over Guelph, St. Catharines

Local U19 team used defence-first philosophy and balanced scoring to get back in the win column with dominant victories

The Sweet Oven U19 women’s lacrosse team rebounded from their first loss of the season to win a pair of games in somewhat convincing fashion this weekend.

Orillia travelled to Oshawa and faced off against the St. Catharines Athletics in game one. Continuing her torrid scoring pace, Emma Torkoff sparked the offence with a four-goal effort in the 12-5 victory.

Riley Marwick also chipped in with a hat trick while single goal efforts came from Elle Waite, Hannah Rudge, Amelia Obee, Bethany Marchant and Brooklynn Barker. The coaching staff wanted to stress the importance of defence-first philosophy and the girls stepped up over the two games played on Saturday. Leading the defence-first charge in this game was Mayson Parnell, Catherine Varley and Emma Marwick.

The Sweet Oven squad used a balance attack in their second game of the day in a 15-4 win over Guelph. Torkoff would again pace the scoring frenzy, notching five goals while Amelia Obee recorded a five-point day thanks to a two-goal, three-assist effort.

The coaches again wanted to stress spreading out goal scoring throughout the lineup and the players responded with goals from Sofia Ceccanese, Kristie Fisher, Olivia Glass, Riley Marwick, Emma Marwick, Avery Paek, Hannah Rudge and Elle Waite.

Kayleigh Aitken earned the goaltending wins in both games and had a solid effort when tested and a testament to focusing on defence, shows Kayleigh leading the league goaltending ranks with a stingy 5.8 goals against average per game. Orillia’s offence ranks second with a 10.25 goals-for per game.

Things will now get tougher as the Ontario Women’s Field Lacrosse Association will now re-seed the teams prior to provincials and assured that Orillia will be placed near the top of the loop and await whom they will play against next weekend as they travel to Halton Hills for a pair of games.