Stage set for Trillium Cup
Dave Dawson/The Packet & Times Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School and Orillia Secondary School, shown clashing in recent action, have both netted top-five rankings heading into this week’s Trillium Cup — the provincial girls’ field lacrosse championship for high-school teams.
The two Orillia teams that have qualified to compete at this week's Trillium Cup are both ranked in the top five of the provincial championship for girls' field lacrosse.
Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School enters the 12-team tourney as the No. 3 seed, while Orillia Secondary School (OSS), the defending bronze-medallist, is ranked fifth. Last week, Fogarty edged OSS 6-4 in the deciding, third game of a best-of-three series between the two schools to gain the upper hand heading into the Trillium Cup.
The Flames, who couldn't crack the top eight at last year's event, will look to improve on their performance from a year ago. Fogarty, which has been almost unbeatable this season, will kick off the two-day event Wednesday with a 9:30 a.m. game against Lorne Park Public School; the Mississauga team is ranked 11th. At 12:30, the Flames will face a much tougher challenge when they face off against the No. 7-seeded Christ the King Catholic Secondary School from Halton Hills.
OSS will open its medal quest Wednesday with an 11 a.m. game against Brampton's Heart Lake Secondary School, which enters the tourney as the No. 9 seed. At 12:30, the Nighthawks will face off against the top seed, St. Peter's Catholic Secondary School (Peterborough).
Both teams will also see action later Wednesday afternoon, but their opponents and game times will be determined by the results from those opening games. All games will be played on the fields of the West Orillia Sports Complex. There is no admission fee.
This is the second straight year Orillia has hosted the event. It is co-hosted by OSS and Patrick Fogarty and the Orillia Lady Kings program of the Orillia Minor Lacrosse Association.
Players and coaches from all 12 teams will gather at Hawk Ridge Golf and Country Club Wednesday for a banquet. The two-day event concludes Thursday with a full slate of games that culminates with gold-medal and bronze-medal games at 1:30 p.m.