Main photo: (From from left) Dylan Bennett, Avery Shirtliff, Braeden Woollings, Wyatt Davidson, William Byers; (middle row from left) Logan Sheppard, Taylor Carnduff, Nick Lagendyk, Carson Frasier, Jake Earl, Ryder Mackinnon, Landon Worrell, Tyson Olive; (back row from left) coaches Frank Horvat, Ryan Woollings, and Kory Shirtliff
The Novice 1 Moller Insurance Hawks box lacrosse team has had just one loss in 20 regular season games. Their team motto is to take one shift, one period and one game at a time so things can go their way, said coach Kory Shirtliff. It seems to be working.
Not only are they winning, the Hawks have won each game they’ve played by a substantial lead, which has all 13 players feeling pumped for the season.
Julie Bennett, team manager, shared how proud she is of the team for their dedication and effort. “They work so well together and have that level of trust with each other. It’s so amazing to see this in a group of 10-year-olds.”
Her son, Dylan Bennett, #12, thinks his team is pretty good. “The first-year players have come along great. We play good together. We pass the ball a lot. I love my team.”
Coach Shirtliff motivates the team to be the best they can possibly be each and every day that they compete and to give 100 per cent every time they step foot on the floor. “Things may not go your way each and every night but good teams find a way to win and that’s exactly what we do.”
Another Hawk, Taylor Carnduff, #6, said, “Everyone’s a good player as they can play the game correctly. We’re a strong team when we all play the correct game of lacrosse and with such amazing coaches.”
In addition to the almost straight-win season, the Novice 1 Hawks had the opportunity to play in the Oshawa Braver Than Brave Memorial Tournament on June 22-23 where they crushed the competition to bring home the gold medal.
The weekend began with their first game against Whitby and Huntsville defeated them 9-3. Next was a game against West Durham in which they stole the win 11-3. Game three had them face Northumberland, ending in a 10-3 win which earned them a spot in the semi-finals.
On the Sunday, the team met West Durham again for the semi-finals. This time Huntsville fell behind by two brought managed to get control of the ball to tie up the score. Fighting hard for the win, the team dug deep and scored five unanswered goals, said Shirtliff, to take the win 7-5 and earn a berth in the final game.
In the championship game, the Hawks resolved to not let their opponents come close to taking the win. They kept Northumberland at bay and didn’t let them score a single point while netting 13 of their own to take the gold medal 13-0. Coach Shirtliff was ecstatic with the outcome. “I can’t be happier with the team and everybody involved in it.”
What is next for the Novice 1 Moller Insurance Hawks? The team is preparing to play in the “A” Division at the all-Ontario provincial championships in the second week of August. Go, Hawks!
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