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TORONTO STARS GIRLS FIELD LACROSSE H.S. HOUSE LEAGUE
WHAT: A Fun Local League where girls who are new or relatively new to the game can continue to improve their skills and understanding of field lacrosse.
WHEN:Tues. Nights * 6 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. * Apr. 23rd – June 25th
WHERE: 1st 3 Sessions (Skills & Drills) * Cherry Beach Turf Fields – Unwin Ave. (West of Leslie Ave.)
Next 7 Sessions (Games) – McCowan District Fields - McCowan Ave. (South of Eglinton)
WHO:All Girls – Grade 8-12 – it is a running game and a non-contact sport. It will be a great place for new h.s. players or soon-to-be players to continue to develop their skills.
Cost- $100 for 10 weeks
Equipment– Girls Field Lacrosse Stick, Soccer or Field Shoes, Mouthguard.
For More Information: www.starslacrosse.ca/girls-field-lacrosse
Email: Katelyn - Club Administrator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jammer Classic, Sunday April 7th, Cherry Beach
U15s from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m and U19's from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m
U15A Team coached by Tory Merrill and Chris Kidd played a
strong season competing in the “A” division. By finishing near the
bottom of the “A” division they could have played down in the “B”
division for provincials. They chose to remain in “A” where they
played their best games of the season in all areas of the field. With
a core group of girls returning next season, look for big things from
this team in the future.
U19 2 was coached by Jesse Porter and Hayley Cowls. This is the first
year our organization has had 2 U19 teams. This group of girls had
an excellent showing in their 1st year as a team in the O.W.F.L. After
a winless regular season, the girls played a fantastic provincial
weekend and after many game delays the girls earned their first 2
wins of the season. They finished in a 3 way tie to move on to the
playoff round and were 1 goal shy of moving on. There is lots of
potential for this team in the future years and we look forward to
seeing their success in years to come. It served as a stepping stone for
Graduated U15 and new H.S. girls to prepare for U19A.
U191- Coached by Yoko Murphy, Jake Woloshyn and Katelyn
Gardner, this team was made up of a group of girls who were part of
the very first Stars U15 team. This team has grown tremendously in
talent and skill over the last five years and this is evident in their
results on the field. The team lost a heartbreaking tie breaker game to
Kitchener-Waterloo that would determine the 4th seed for Ontario
Summer Games in the “A” division. The team went on to finish in the
top 4 of their division in provincials and dropped two tightly
contested games with the Orangeville Northmen by a one goal
margin. We received many comments from other organizations that
watched the Stars play over this season saying how much the team
had improved and how much they enjoyed competing with our girls.
The Stars Girls Field Lacrosse would like to see a vibrant girls field lacrosse community at the Youth House League, Club and H.S. levels in the East End of Toronto. Our efforts are designed to grow the sport in these sectors.
The Stars completed their 4th season with two Rep programs – U19 and U15. Future growth will see the addition of a U-19 C team in 2012.
The Rep Teams practice two nights a week – generally Tuesday at McCowan District Fields (South of Eglinton and East of Brimley) and Thursdays and Birchmount Park Fields. We play teams from throughout the Golden Horseshoe including: St. Catherines, Kitchener-Waterlook, Mississsauga, Burlington, Brampton, Orillia, Oshawa , Peterborough and others.
|Under 15 A||Katelyn Gardner and Jayme Beard|
|Under 19 2||Jesse Porter|
|Under 19 1||Tory Merrill|
The Stars Girls Field Lacrosse House League continues to grow each year. The season starts with stick skills clinics in April and we move to weekly games from mid-May to the end of June on Tuesday nights. This year’s program will see 2 Divisions – “Under 11” (ages 7-10: Born 2001-2004) and “15 and Under” (ages 11-15) Born 1996 -2000). House League events are on Tuesday Nights at McCowan District Fields (north of St. Clair East, south of Eglinton, in between Brimley and McCowan).
We provide “Try-it Nights” throughout winter starting in January to the end of March. This year our try it nights will be on Wednesdays at SATAC @W.A Porter Collegiate. Sticks and balls are provided for newcomers. We require the girls bring a mouthguard to wear during all on-floor activities.
Girls Field Lacrosse is a relatively inexpensive sport. You will need:
- A girls field lacrosse stick
- A mouthguard
- Soccer Cleats for outdoor activities
- Proper clothing depending on the conditions
- A water bottle
- A good attitude and the desire to learn and have fun!
The Stars completed there 4th season with two Rep programs – U19 and U15. In 2012 we will be adding a U19 C team. We are working in association with Beaches Lacrosse for girls field lacrosse teams in both U11 and U13 divisions.
For players interested in our rep program we will be holding 7v7 game play nights at Major League Sportslplex on Thursdays starting January 12th. Tryouts for our rep program are completed by April. League play goes from early May until the first week of August when Provincials are held. The teams play anywhere from 10-12 regular season games in tournament style weekends with the Stars usually playing 2 of every 3 or 4 weekends through the summer. Provincials include playoffs depending on the regular season record and a 2 day championship weekend.
The Rep Teams practice two nights a week – generally Tuesday at McCowan District Fields (South of Eglinton and East of Brimley) and Thursday at Birchmount Park C.I
The Stars play teams from throughout the Golden Horseshoe including: St. Catharines, K-W, Mississsauga, Burlington, Brampton, Orillia, Oshawa , Peterborough and others. The Ontario Womens Lacrosse (OWL) website is a great place to check out Rep play:
www.ontariowomenslacrosse.com/ We often bring the Rep girls to tournaments in the US including New York State and Maryland.
Larry McCallum-Larry learned to play and enjoy the game of lacrosse in the early to mid 70's
in Peterborough. He joined the Toronto Stars with his daughter Caitlin in 2004 and became re-aquainted with the game coaching house league girls boxla. He went on to coach girls Midget Rep with success coming with the first two Girls Midget BoxL acrosse Provincial Championships in Ontario
going to the Toronto Stars in 2006 & 2007. Larry was involved at the beginning of the Girls Field Lacrosse program in 2007.To help grow the sport he achieved both level 1 coaching and umpire certifications. Larry helped coach the U19 team for 3 years and also was vital for the beginning
of the fieldlacrosse house league.
Ron Parkinson - Ron is the first President for the Toronto Stars Lacrosse Association. He served for 10 years and under his watch the club established programs in both boys and girls box and field lacrosse. He supported the growth of the girls field program which allowed it to quickly establish itself as a model program in Ontario. Ron spent hundreds of hours ensuring the various programs would operate smoothly. He is a worthy recipient of the Toronto Stars Achievement Award.
The first ever Stars Girls Field Awards of Achievement were presented at the end of the summer. These Awards acknowledge an exemplary contribution made to the Stars organization by Players, Coaches or Volunteers who are moving on to other activities in life.
Jen Arkison – Jen has played goalie for the Stars in both Box Lacrosse and Girls Field Lacrosse and is a real pioneer in terms of being a player for Stars girls lacrosse programs. She also served as Wexford Collegiate’s golatender. Jen always played at her highest level and quite often with injuries. She was a quiet leader on all of the teams she net-minded for.
Tory Merrill– Tory really brought technical direction to our U15 Girls Field Team. Under her mentorship the Stars U15’s won the Silver medal at the 2009 Provincials. Tory is one of Canada’s great female athletes and Stars girls were fortunate to learn from her over her two year involvement. Tory would often travel from Orangeville to coach our girls. Along with starring at U of T in lacrosse, she is also a nationally ranked track athlete in hurdles. Tory is currently pursuing her Masters in Sports Administration at the University of Ottawa.
Our organization only exists because of volunteers. We need parents and friends of lacrosse to step up and fill coaching, training, refereeing, media relations, promotions and other positions. If you are interested please contact Jim Calder at email@example.com for more information.
The TDSB announced in late June that Girls Field Lacrosse had been made a sanctioned Varsity Sport. Look for great growth of the game in the Toronto high schools this coming year!
The Toronto Stars continue to work closely with Ontario Women’s Lacrosse, the TDSSAA and the University of Toronto to help grow Girls Lacrosse within High Schools on the east end of Toronto. If you would like to find out more about starting a program at your high school contact Jim Calder at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.