By John Chidley-Hill

HAGERSVILLE, Ont. — It was like any other game at Iroquois Lacrosse Arena. Family and friends dotted the orange and purple stands. Fans pounded drums and whooped with every crosscheck or goal. Impatient spectators shouted “shoot the damn thing!” if a player held onto the ball for too long.

But history was made as Ontario beat British Columbia 8-7 on Monday morning in the first-ever women’s box lacrosse game at the North American Indigenous Games, a youth multi-sport event.

“I felt really proud. It felt really awesome to be part of it,” Ontario forward Shawnah Albert said after the game. “The opening ceremony gave me chills.”

Added her teammate Shkuhnodin Shognosh-Myers: “We felt really connected with our people. It made us feel like home.”

The game between traditional lacrosse powerhouses Ontario and B.C., as well as a game played between Saskatchewan and Eastern Door and the North at the same time at nearby Gaylord Powless Arena, marks a turning point in the sport.

Created by the Haudenosaunee people — commonly called the Iroquois — before Europeans arrived in North America, lacrosse has been adopted by First Nations across the continent as something of a national sport. The Haudenosaunee consider lacrosse to be sacred; …read more

Source:: National Post – Sports

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