ONTARIO FINISHES ON TOP AT BANTAM BOX LACROSSE NATIONALS
Canadian Lacrosse Association – OTTAWA, ON – Ontario captured gold at the 2017 CLA Bantam Box Lacrosse National Championship this past weekend in Saskatoon, capping off an undefeated tournament with an 11-5 win over British Columbia.
Alberta rounded out the A Division medalists, while Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba each found a place on the B Division podium.
The champions from Ontario held the silver medalists from B.C. scoreless in the first and third periods of the final, scoring four straight to open the game and six straight to close things out.
A dominant offence and defense helped them cruise through the competition in all eight of their games, scoring an astounding 121 goals, while allowing only 17.
Goaltender Calum Leaver-Preyra led the way with a 7-0 record and 2.14 goals against average, while Finly Thomson finished with a tournament high 28 points.
Alberta brought home the bronze medal thanks to a 11-2 win over First Nations. They fell behind 2-1 after the first period, but their offence found its groove, scoring 10 unanswered goals in the next two periods to secure the victory.
First Nations did a good job shutting down Alberta’s leading scorer Zachary Basisty, who finished the tournament with 25 points, but Max Von Muehldorfer and Max Mckernan picked up the slack, scoring a combined nine points in the win.
The B Division gold medal was won by Nova Scotia, who took down the host Saskatchewan by a score of 4-2. Jackson Bruce and Jake Goobie each found the back of the net in the final ten minutes of the third period to give Nova Scotia the lead and put the game out of reach.
Manitoba won B Division bronze with a 4-2 win over Quebec, who made their return to lacrosse’s national championship after a fairly long hiatus. The closely contested game saw the teams combine for a total of 63 penalty minutes.
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Founded in 1867, the Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is the governing body responsible for all aspects of lacrosse in Canada. Our organization is comprised of 10 Member Associations representing nearly 80,000 individual participants, including coaches, officials, and athletes of all ages and abilities. The CLA’s mission is to honour the sport of lacrosse and its unique nation-building heritage, by engaging our members, leading our partners, and providing opportunities for all Canadians to participate. We strive to accomplish this while adhering to our core values of health, excellence, accountability, respect and teamwork. The CLA oversees the delivery of numerous national championships and the participation of Team Canada at all international events sanctioned by the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). The CLA is proud to be affiliated with partners that share the same vision and values, including our corporate partners – New Balance Athletics, Warrior Sports, Westjet, and Baron Rings – as well as our funding partners the Government of Canada, the Coaching Association of Canada, and the Canadian Lacrosse Foundation. For more information on Canadian Lacrosse Association and the sport of lacrosse, visit our website at www.lacrosse.ca and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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