Highlanders go winless in Owen Sound


By Josh Howald

If losing builds character, the Kincardine Highlanders are oozing the stuff.

The local lacrosse team had a winless weekend in Owen Sound at the 14th annual Cubby Cruickshank Memorial Masters Lacrosse Tournament, but the team played to its potential and learned a few more tricks to put in their bag for the next tournament.

"I thought we played really well," said Chris Wainwright. "We just couldn't catch a break."

So the tournament was both a successful one, and a frustrating one for the Highlanders, still the new kid on the lacrosse block. This is the team's third season competing, and most of the players had no prior lacrosse experience before joining a twice weekly pick-up game played at the Davidson Centre in Kincardine, and once the ice begins to go in, Tiverton. The Highlanders compete in the Masters Division (ages 20 to 35), which has no body contact and no stick checking. They allow stick checking in their pick-up games, where most of the tournament team hones their still developing skills.

Kincardine was in every game on the weekend, an accomplishment against proven lacrosse centres and players who grew up playing the sport. The Highlanders fell 7-4, 7-3, 7-2 and 4-2 in the weekend tournament, played at both the Harry Lumley Bayshore Arena and the new Owen Sound facility.

If the Highlanders didn't turn a few heads with their play, they did have the best entrance of any of the teams. Kincardine was piped onto the floor for their first game on Saturday by Jennifer Farrell, Pipe Major for the Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band.

This was the third tournament of the season for the Highlanders, and the first time this year they failed to register a victory. The team still is awarded points that go towards qualification for the provincial championship tournament in Toronto at the end of the season.