St Mary’s Namagunga’s Amethyst wins Inaugural Girls’ Lacrosse Tourney

Amethyst 5-4 Sunsas Warriors

Cathy Ivogil’s four strikes in the final lifted Namagunga Girl’s Lacrosse team, nicknamed Amethyst over Nabisunsa’s Sunsas Warriors A team in an exciting game played at Vienna College, Namugongo.

Team Amethyst beat Sunsas Warriors 5-4 in a 6 team gala, the first of its kind in the country. Three girls’ schools (Mt St. Mary’s Namagunga, Gayaza High and Nabisunsa) participated in the day long tourney. Each school registered two teams apiece that played in two groups.

Awards: 

2013 Champions – Amethyst Team 1, Mt. St. Mary’s Namagunga

2013 Runners up – Sunsas Warriors A, Nabisunsa S.S

Player of the Tournament – Daphne Mukasa(midfielder),Sunsas Warriors A

Best Attacker – Cathy Iyogil, Amethyst Team 1(12 goals)

Best Midfielder – Joy Anjagala, Gayaza B

Best Defender – Felician Kazahura, Amethyst Team 1

About Lacrosse game:

Lacrosse is a team sport of Native American origin played using a small rubber ball and a long-handled stick called a crosse or lacrosse stick. It is a contact sport which requires padding such as shoulder pads, gloves, helmets, elbow pads, and sometimes even rib guards.

The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball and can also be strung with hard mesh. There are many different styles like Canadian mesh, rocket pocket and normal mesh. Offensively, the objective of the game is to score by shooting the ball into an opponent’s goal, using the lacrosse stick to catch, carry, and pass the ball to do so.

Defensively, the objective is to keep the opposing team from scoring and to dispossess them of the ball through the use of stick checking and body contact or positioning.

Women’s Lacrosse:

The rules of women’s lacrosse differ significantly from men’s lacrosse, most notably by equipment and the degree of allowable physical contact. Women’s lacrosse does not promote physical contact primarily because the only protective equipment worn for this sport is a mouth guard and face guard and sometimes thin gloves.

Stick checking (if the head of the stick is below the shoulder only), and not body checking as in men’s lacrosse, is permitted in women’s lacrosse. Although sometimes checking can lead to body checking. While this is still not permitted in a women’s game some referees will allow limited body checking.