Manitoba only undefeated team in U17 female box lacrosse team at Canada Summer Games

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Kaitlynn Anderson scored twice and added four assists to power Manitoba to a 7-1 victory over New Brunswick in female 17U box lacrosse action at Canada Games Park in St. Catharines, Ont., Tuesday night.

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Kaitlynn Anderson scored twice and added four assists to power Manitoba to a 7-1 victory over New Brunswick in female 17U box lacrosse action at Canada Games Park in St. Catharines, Ont., Tuesday night.

The win gave the Manitobans a 4-0 record in the preliminary round and first place in Pool B as female lacrosse makes its debut at the Canada Summer Games.

Manitoba is lone unbeaten team remaining in the tournament and will take on 0-3 Nova Scotia in quarter-final action Wednesday.

Wayne Moorehead photo

Team Manitoba, seen here taking on Prince Edward Island, is undefeated after the preliminary round of box lacrosse action.

“We were optimistic (coming into the Games),” said Manitoba head coach Kim Winzoski by phone. “But it’s a great feeling being the only undefeated team in the entire round robin.”

Keira Karpowicz added two goals for the winners, while Emma-Lynne Green, Alycia Ross and Sidney Green added singles.

Kaylee Perry made 19 saves in the Manitoba net.

“I think our our defence has worked really well and we’ve worked really hard in our transitions and it’s brought a lot of scoring opportunities,” said Manitoba assistant coach Daina Ojala. “I think all in all, just being disciplined and staying in position and working on that transition to get those fast breaks has really paid off.”

The Tobans have outscored their opponents 23-6 thus far in the tournament and plan to continue their winning ways.

“Rest and focus,” said Winzoski, explaining the team’s approach in coming days. “We’ve kind of established the routine here with the girls. We’re keeping the routine and just having our eye on the ball. We’re playing one game at a time, one period at a time, one minute at a time. We just expect the girls to play the game that they play and have some fun. We couldn’t ask for anything more from the girls — they’re giving 125 per cent at every game.”

— Swimming: Selkirk’s Teagen Purvis, who won gold and silver medals on Monday, added her second gold medal Tuesday night. Purvis claimed top spot in the 100-metre backstroke Special Olympics female event.

“I feel so awesome,” said Purvis. “I am so proud and my heart is pounding out of my chest with excitement. And I want to say congratulations to everybody at the Canada Games.”

Halle West won silver in the 200m breaststroke and Eric Dupre won bronze in the 400m freestyle.

— Basketball: The Manitoba women took on powerful Ontario in preliminary round action, losing 83-55 after trailing only 40-36 at halftime.

“We were hoping we could have kept them to a lower score,” said Manitoba head coach Alyssa Cox, whose club is 1-1 and plays Newfoundland and Labrador Wednesday. “I think we defended really well in the first half and just let them get away from us a couple times.”

Tannah Becker led Manitoba with 12 points. Sisters Izzi and Kyu Fust chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, Nova Scotia upended Manitoba 86-78 in men’s action. Manitoba is 1-1 in preliminary play.

— Beach volleyball: Manitoba’s female duo of Erika Vermette and Val Gonzalez improved to 2-1 in preliminary action with a 21-12, 20-22, 15-11 win over Nova Scotia and a 21-13, 21-9 victory over Saskatchewan.

A men’s team comprised of Isaiah Olfert and Justin Cross went to 1-2 after losing 22-24, 21-19, 15-10 to Alberta before besting New Brunswick 19-21, 21-19, 15-8.

— Rugby Sevens: Manitoba’s women fell to 0-4 in preliminary play with a 51-0 loss to B.C.

— Baseball: Manitoba’s men improved to 2-2 with a 4-0 win over P.E.I.

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