By KADEN CAMPBELL
The Malvern Collegiate Black Knights girls lacrosse team represented Toronto at the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) championships last week in Orillia.
The Black Knights qualified for the provincial tournament, that took place on May 29 and 30, by winning their second straight TDSSAA (Toronto District Secondary School Athletic Association) city championship on the afternoon of Thursday, May 25, at Cherry Beach.
Malvern finished the regular season in first place with a record of 5-0-1 and defeated the third place, Humberside Collegiate by a score of 11-5 for the city championship.
The following Monday, May 29, the girls took their trip up north to compete at OFSAA with their first matchup against Owen Sound.
“Owen Sound was a very strong team but we held our own. There were two quarters where we held them to a tie but in the end Owen Sound pulled off the win.” said Malvern coach Korey Brand.
The second match saw Malvern face off against Holy Cross in a must-win game where the winner would reach the quarterfinals. Malvern came up just short in a nail biter and was eliminated from championship playoff contention.
Malvern finished the tournament with a win against Christ the King by a score of 9-6. The Malvern girls ended their season ranking ninth in the province.
The Black Knights MVP on the year was awarded to Georgia Ruscitti; MIP (Most Improved Player) was given to Charlie Holmes; and a Special Shoutout award to Hannah Warrignton who stepped up as Malvern’s goalie.
“She had never played lacrosse goalie before but held her own in net on the provincial stage,” said Brand.
Team members said they are excited to take yet another run at the provincial high school lacrosse championships in 2024.
The Black Knights roster includes: Leah Ridout, Claire Cooper, Ellie Porter, Ruby Wood, Georgia Ruscitti, Posey Thompson, Emily Ponter, Téa Lavallée, Ava Lucas, Abby Calvert, Grace Cook, Hannah Longley, Celena Mickevicius, Win McEnroe, Morgan Lille, Francesca Griner, Sofia Traid, Charlie Holmes, Mila Zukanovic, Nicole Barsanti, Jamie Sanford, Hannah Warrington and Kate Custance
Coaches are Carter Livingstone, Korey Brand, Kathleen Holmes, Glenn McKelvey and Erin Chau.