SIX NATIONS, ONT. — On Saturday, March 26, the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena will light up to host the Women’s Arena Lacrosse League (WALL) Eastern Division Championship for the first time since 2019.
“Our league features some of the best women’s box lacrosse players in the province,” said Wade Thompson, WALL commissioner. “The players eagerness to return to play was obvious this season in the dedication to the games each Saturday. We are very excited to see this championship through.”
Serving as the commissioner since the start of the league, Thompson watched the last holders of the Women’s ALL Cup, the Lady RiverWolves, defeat the Lady Shockwave in an evenly matched showing, 5-3. But this season’s championship is much different than the previous.
“Many of the players are returning to the arena after two seasons or more without organized lacrosse due to pandemic-related cancellations. For the WALL East to provide players the opportunity to play the game they love after so long, makes all of the work behind the scenes worth it,” said Thompson.
This year, the current standings place the Lady Snipers in the first seed, followed by the Lady Steelhawks, Lady Shockwave and the Lady RiverWolves. Excitement has been abound for the athletes, as many are eager to shake the championship run dust off.
“It feels great,” said Six Nations Snipers Lauryn Hill, when asked about how she feels to return to the arena. “It feels like life is back to normal, and it’s like a breath of fresh air.”
At twenty years-old, Hill is one of the youngest offensive players to make it to the top seven of the scoring leader board for the 2022 season. She said that if the season was cancelled again, she would opt to focus on school, so her gratitude extends further than the opportunity to play.
“Something I appreciate about the Women’s ALL is everyone that works behind the scenes. From the coaches, the Women’s ALL staff and everyone in-between, they dedicate their time and efforts for growing women’s box lacrosse,” she said.
The first game to come on Saturday will place the Lady RiverWolves up against the Lady Snipers at 1:00 p.m., followed by the Lady Steelhawks to take on the Lady Shockwave at 2:15 p.m.. The championship finale will pair the winners of both games at 4:30 p.m.. All games are scheduled under Eastern Standard Time.
The games will be made accessible online through a live streaming service, and viewers can stay tuned to find the links on WALL East social media: https://www.facebook.com/ALLwlax
This season, the WALL expanded to open a western division that saw four new women’s teams take part in games held at the Langley Field House in British Columbia. The western season final ended with Team Blue coming out on top, trailed by Team Black, Team Purple and finally Team White.