Lady RiverWolves top off season as Champions

SIX NATIONS — The finals for the Women’s Arena Lacrosse Division took place over this past weekend, with semi-finals beginning on Saturday at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena.

The Six Nations Lady Snipers were matched with the St. Catharines Shockwave, while the Whitby Steelhawks were matched with the Paris RiverWolves.

Goals and assists for the Lady Snipers came from Brianna Tremblay (1g,1a), Mackenzie Bomberry (2a), Tori Johnson (1g), Mekwan Tulpin (1g,1a) and Lauren hill (1g). But the game ended 10-4 for the Shockwave, and paved the way to the championship game the following afternoon by beating out the home team and defending champions.

Previously undefeated, the RiverWolves took only two losses during their season and both were to the Lady Shockwave. As the RiverWolves took a victory versus the Steelhawks on Saturday as well, the two top teams were then brought to the floor for a head to head match.

The first period allowed the Shockwave to break in scoring with a bouncer on the RiverWolves goalie by Jaelyn Hill from Leigh Gallas. But shortly thereafter, power forward Katy deSnoo muscled her way to the net to bury her first from Megan Seed and Sarah Utting. Mackenzie Clemons of the RiverWolves also buried with 40 seconds left in the period fed by deSnoo from Vangie Rose.

Three minutes into the second quarter, Sarah Utting earned her first from Mackenzie Clemons, but the Shockwave worked hard to answer with a goal by Kristen Bomberry from Joni Hill.

The third quarter left the scoreboard untouched, as both the Shockwave were keen on using their strength on defence to intimidate the RiverWolves — forcing a full quarter with neither side making progress. Laying a lot of body kept the RiverWolves to the outside and good shot attempts were sparse, while the Shockwave couldn’t seem to bury themselves until Lindsey Smith sunk an outside shot from Deanne Pantin.

This opened the fourth quarter with the game tied up.

Opportunities were abundant on both sides as the RiverWolves were a bit timid on offence and the Shockwave were disorganized on offence. However, the RiverWolves found their footing again six minutes in with a bury by Bridget Folk from Sarah Utting, which called for a loud rally from their bench.

Unfortunately, with only minutes left, the Shockwave were unable to break past RiverWolves goaltender Jaylin Grierson and deSnoo went for her second.

This closed the game 5-3 for the RiverWolves, who took home the ALL Women’s Division Cup and 2019 championship title.

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