Posse claims first-ever female lacrosse championship

The Bantam team beat the Sherwood Park Titans in an emotional victory.

A 7-6 victory over the Sherwood Park Titans brings the Parkland Posse its first-ever female championship in the Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Council.

Last Thursday's Bantam game seemed to be decided heading into the third period as Parkland held onto a sizable 6-1 lead. The tension grew as Sherwood Park scored two goals in the first two minutes of the period, before netting two powerplay goals to bring the game to 6-5. The Posse was able to secure the win with its seventh goal, which was followed by a sixth goal by the Titans in the final two minutes of the game.

"The buzzer went off and that game was ours. Our girls jumped for joy, they were ecstatic; I can't even describe it. It was so emotional and such a good end to our season," said Head Coach Christa Callahan.  

Callahan says it's been a long road to this championship.

"We have eight girls from seven years ago that are still on this original team. For those girls especially, it really hit home. Every year we've battled the [Sherwood Park] Titans, and we've always fallen short," she said. 

She says the successful season came partially due to having less brand-new players to the sport.

"We were able to get into team strategies and more of the team plays quicker. I think that really helped our girls come together because we weren't so focused on individual skill. We were able to come-up with team systems, practice that, and put that into play," she said. 

Callahan credits the entire team with the great season, but recognizes goalie Kaelin Martel as a major piece. 

Izzy Spink and Candra Callahan of the Posse will represent Team Alberta at nationals in Coquitlam, BC on Aug. 20-24.

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