This weekend was a step in the right direction for the Moose Jaw Mustangs.
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The Moose Jaw Mustangs won the bronze medal at the Christopher Sauder Memorial Pee Wee lacrosse tournament at Mosaic Place on Sunday. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman
With eight players that are new to lacrosse and the majority of the team first year Pee Wee players, the Mustangs were pleased to win the bronze medal.
“It feels really good,” said Carter Davis, co-coach of the Mustangs. “The growth and improvement we have seen throughout the weekend was huge.”
The Mustangs claimed the bronze medal in the Christopher Sauder Memorial Pee Wee tournament at Mosaic Place on Sunday with a 6-4 victory over the Estevan Spectra Cannons.
“This is a great way to start the season off with tournaments,” said Davis. “Being able to come into our own tournament and get the bronze medal, it shows that Moose Jaw can still play lacrosse.”
Since the team has very little inexperience, the coaches have been stressing the importance of learning the basics of the sport.
“It is learning to pass and shoot and pick up ground balls. It is also about learning the fundamentals of the sport — getting back on defence, changing at the right time and getting down the floor, using the shot clock to our advantage too,” explained Davis. “The kids started playing as a team, started moving the ball and shot from the right side of the floor. It was great to see.”
The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg and a 5-1 loss to Regina. They rebounded with a 12-3 victory over Estevan in the round robin action.
They then faced Winnipeg again the semifinal on Sunday morning, but lost 7-1, which put them in the bronze medal game against Estevan.
“We played back-to-back games. The semifinals and then the bronze medal game,” said Davis. “The kids were exhausted in between games, but they came together at the end and it was fun to see.”
Davis hopes this tournament will bring some confidence to the team and the rest of the season will continue to get better.
“This is great momentum for us to move through the year. We realize that we can score and win games,” he said. “It is nice see the smiles on their faces as the got that bronze medal.”
This is the inaugural year of the tournament being named after Sauder. He died in October and loved the sport of lacrosse.
“Chris Sauder was huge for Moose Jaw lacrosse. It is nice to honour him in a way that his name and legacy will live on through these kids,” said Davis. “Even in the future, they will realize that Chris Sauder was a huge part of this game and it such a nice way to honour him.”
Sauder’s family — Leanne, Kim, Ryan, Kyle and Chance donated the Heart and Desire award for the player of the game and handed out the medals to the players at the end of the game.
Winnipeg won the gold medal with a 2-1 victory over Regina.
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