The Hamilton Novice Bengals lacrosse team has raised the Ontario Lacrosse Association’s Provincial “C” championship banner.
The team of 8 to 10-year olds earned the provincial crown with a perfect 6-0 record on the Aug. 8-9 weekend when the Ontario Lacrosse’s Association staged its Provincial Championship Festival in Whitby.
En route to the title, the Bengals opened with a 5-4 win over Oakville #2, beat Sudbury, 13-5, and downed Brampton, 11-6, to get into the playoff rounds.
In their quarter-final game, the Bengals scored an 8-6 come-from-behind win to make the semis where they eliminated Owen Sound, 10-4.
That set up a championship match with Caledon and again the Bengals needed a come-from-behind effort for a 10-7 provincial championship.
Overall this season the team of 20 athletes – boys and girls – had a 19-15-1 record in tournament play and league play in the OLA’s Southern Ontario Zone 9. Beginning in April the players had two weekly practices with one or two games a week leading up to the tournament finale.
For the Hamilton Lacrosse Association, the provincial title was the group’s 50th anniversary.