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National Schools' Lacrosse Championship Winners

Saturday, 02 March 2013

Bolton School's 1st Senior Lacrosse Team competed in the National Schools' Lacrosse Tournament held over the course of 2 days (1 and 2 March) in London and, after the first day’s play, they were placed into Division 2 for the remainder of the tournament. 

The team played very well and, after their 6 matches in the section, they qualified for the semi-finals against St Albans School. The semi-final was a very close match and although they took the lead by 2 goals, by the final whistle, St Albans had equalized, forcing the game into extra-time.  Bolton were determined not to be beaten, and after another 6 minutes of play, they secured a place in the final.  

Having played 13 matches over the 2 days, the girls were tired but fired up for the final, which was against their Northern rivals, Queen Margaret’s School from York.  Once again it was another tense and exciting match and by the final whistle the score was 2 goals each. Bolton therefore had to face another spell of extra-time. Miss Andrea Donaghy, Coach, takes up the story: "all of our players were now digging deep for one more burst of energy. To say it was an exciting last few minutes would be an understatement, but when Bolton School scored in the dying seconds, there was a big cheer as the final hooter sounded and relief all round from the players and staff. Bolton School 1st Team are now the Division 2 National Schools’ Champions. 

Congratulations to all the players for their fantastic efforts!"

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The team celebrates their "national champions" status

The team celebrates their "national champions" status

Captains Sophie Bolton and Tessa Pendlebury receive the National Schools

Captains Sophie Bolton and Tessa Pendlebury receive the National Schools' Lacrosse Tournament Division 2 Trophy