Womens box lacrosse makes North American Indigenous Games debut

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 cross-check or goal. Impatient spectators shouted “shoot the damn thing!” if a player held on to 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,” said Ontario forward Shawnah Albert after the game. “The opening ceremony gave me chills.”Read more: North American Indigenous Games shows Indigenous athletes ‘Happy, proud and ready for the future’Article Continued BelowToronto to host North American Indigenous Games in 2017Added 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.The Haudenosaunee consider the game to be sacred and refer to it as “the Creator’s game” or “the medicine game.”  (Chris Young / THE CANADIAN PRESS)