Silver lining for Langley Thunder bantam girls

The Langley Thunder bantam girls lacrosse team rolled to a silver medal at the Dennis Hickey Tournament last weekend at the Langley Events Centre.

The Thunder fell 8-3 to Port Coquitlam in a hotly contested gold medal game.

Heading into the championship showdown, the Thunder had been a dominant force.

“It was a great weekend for the girls as they went undefeated in the round-robin play, focusing heavily on teamwork in the offensive end and playing relentless defence,” Thunder assistant coach Carlanna Thompson said.

The Thunder include Carrigan Rose, Sophia Kulak, Zoe Booth, Olivia Ohlmann, Haileigh Robertson, Rachel Mullin, Natalie Rathler, Marah Baker, Alexis Spargo, Rachel Peterson, Shawna Lai, Sage Gladiuk, Samantha Pilson, Tia Tuininga, Fiona Briner, and Christine Goode.

The team is coached by Ralph Ohlmann, who is assisted by Carlanna Thompson.

Now in its 39th year, the Dennis Hickey Tournament for bantam-aged (13 and 14-year-old) players is the longest running minor lacrosse tournament in B.C.

This also marked first year organizers included girls lacrosse.

This year’s tourney drew seven bantam B  boys teams: Langley, Coquitlam, Port Moody, Nicola Valley, Vancouver, Burnaby, and Ridge Meadows.

The host Langley squad Langley boys won the bronze medal game, after beating Vancouver 5-2

In the boys’ final, Nicola Valley edged Coquitlam 5-4 to capture the gold medal.

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