Lacrosse girls win silver at provincial tournament

The Nanaimo junior girls lacrosse team made it to the gold medal game in a provincial tournament in Port Coquitlam last weekend.

Nanaimo battled through all four qualifying games with wins over Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta and Burnaby again in an intense cross-over game.

In the first game against Burnaby Nanaimo cruised to a 6-2 win with goals from Cassandra Livesey, Carllie Ashlie, Victoria Kultgen, Toni Angell (2), and Georgia Smith.

Against Coquitlam, Nanaimo fought hard for a 6-3 win with goals from Livesey, Brenna Collicutt, Smith and Angell (2).

In Round 3, Delta proved to be strong defensively but Nanaimo worked to eke out a 4-2 win. Collicut, Smith, Kultgen and Amrita Dhoot scored for Nanaimo.

Jacqui Hastings and Chantelle Battie both had assists in each game.

That win earned Nanaimo a rematch against Burnaby. Last year in a similar situation, Burnaby took Nanaimo to double-overtime and ultimately eliminated them from the tournament.

This year, Nanaimo turned the tables as Livesey scored the game-winning goal to send Nanaimo to the gold medal game. Angell, Battie and Dhoot chipped in for Nanaimo.

That set the stage for a Nanaimo-Delta final, which Delta took 4-3 in double-overtime.

Nanaimo was down 2-0 after the second period but fought back to tie the game at 2-2 with goals by Livesey and Collicut in the third period. Delta scored just a few minutes into the first OT and with 38 seconds left, Amanda Kowatski forced the second overtime.

Nanaimo fired shots at Delta but to no avail. Finally, Delta’s Brandy Lietz scored the tournament winning goal.

In bantam action, Nanaimo brought home the gold medal while the Nanaimo midget team finished out of contention.

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