Close win for Ontario in 1st women's lacrosse match at Indigenous Games
Ontario beats B.C. 8-7 in women's lacrosse debut at North American Indigenous Games
A historic women's lacrosse game at the North American Indigenous Games resulted in a close victory for Ontario's under-19 team, who beat British Columbia by a score of 8-7 on Monday.
The inaugural women's match, which took place at the Iroquois Lacrosse Arena on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, marks the first time that females have been allowed to play lacrosse in the games' 25-year history.
And it was a close one to the end.
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"Our team played exactly how we wanted to and we came out with the win," said an ecstatic Taylor-Rain Tabobandung, 19, who comes from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
"I was screaming, I couldn't stop," said her teammate — and younger sister — Kendall Tabobandung, 14.
The sisters had practised for months before this game. Both teams played fiercely. With each period, the score remained nail-bitingly close.
"What an exciting game," said Tara White, mother of B.C. player Ainsley Allan.
From the Snuneymuxw First Nation on Vancouver Island, White said she was on the edge of her seat the entire game.
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"They played so hard … that's exactly why we came."
The fact that the first women's lacrosse match was played in this area, which is steeped in the traditions of what people here call the Creator's or Medicine Game, is a source of great pride for Six Nations of the Grand River Chief Ava Hill.
"As everyone is going to find out, it's the fastest game on two feet," she told the audience and the two teams before the game.
"Congratulations to all of you girls. You are an inspiration to all of the young girls that are going to be watching you."
The gold medal games take place on Friday.
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