Ten representatives of the Peterborough Minor Lacrosse Association will be packing their bags and heading west for the Girls Box Lacrosse Championship of Canada in Victoria, BC. In all 6 athletes and 4 team staff will fill the ranks of the Ontario lacrosse team competing this weekend.
Players Hayley Bartlett, Kelsey D’Altoe, Jocelyne Lemay, Alexis Kinmond, and Erica Evans will once again don the red and black jerseys of Team Ontario’s midget girls’ team.
The girls are familiar faces to the provincial team as all have been members of the Ontario squad in the past. Joining them are local coaches Mark Crough, John D’Altoe and Joe Hiltz. Lisa Hiltz will sit as the team’s general manager for the championships.
Rounding out the group is Peterborough’s Sage Darling who is the Lakers’ sole member of the Team Ontario bantam girls’ team.
The girls and their coaches leave Saturday morning in search of national gold and will have little time to prepare as they hit the floor of Bear Mountain arena Sunday afternoon at 1:30 against Team Alberta.
The Ontario Midgets have had a lot of success at nationals in recent years. Under the guidance of Coach Crough, the provincial bantam team claimed gold last year against host Team BC. Crough and his squad hope to have a repeat performance against the nation’s best.
In addition to Ontario, teams from British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia will compete in this year’s championships.
The Lakers will also be sending two players from the boy’s side of the club to nationals as well.
Kyle Killen will exchange the green and blue of the Lakers organization for Team Ontario colours to play for both the Midget boy’s box team as well as the U16 field lacrosse team. Ethan Walker will also join Killen on the field team.
The midget box championships are part of a larger provincial lacrosse festival which takes place in Durham region from August 3 to 12th, while the U16 field championships will take place at the end of August.
PMLA graduates Cam Milligan, Zach Currier and Josh Currier will join Coach Joe Hiltz on the U19 field lacrosse team as well.
The PMLA executive will also be in on the action. Current association president Lynn Withers will sit at the helm of the provincial peewees at the team’s general manager. Midget and U19 coach Joe Hiltz is the organization’s field manager.
Withers and the PMLA executive are thrilled at the consistent appearance of Lakers athletes on Ontario’s teams over the years and chalks up their success to the exceptional coaching staff that the organization attracts year after year.
Those interested in taking in the action of this weekend’s girls national box lacrosse championships can view the games online at www.2012laxnationals.com via live broadcasts.