The 9th Finnish National Championship

The 9th Finnish lacrosse national championship was exciting, to say the least! The games took place on the 28th and 29th of September in Helsinki and Captain Lax has all the juicy information for you!

After the Helsinki Chiefs had dominated the championships for four years in a row and won a total of 7 trophies along the years, the Turku Titans were hell-bent this year to break the Chiefs’ winning streak again, after successfully attempting it in 2008.

To reach the finals, the Titans played and won against the Vaasa Wishpooshs with a staggering 18 to 1, whereas the Chiefs unexpectedly struggled against the Lahti Predators, but also ended up winning by scoring 5 to 3 goals and securing their place in the finals.

Everyone watched closely as the final game took place in a crisp cold weather, ready to cheer for the next 2013 Finnish champions, either the Turku Titans or the Helsinki Chiefs. The first goal of the game was scored by the Chiefs and this apparently only managed to make the Titans mad, because, by the time the first quarter was ending, the Titans led with 5 to 1! The Chiefs tried to overtake the game, but this time the Titans wouldn’t give in and the game finally ended with a 9-4 score which gave the Turku Titans bragging rights as the Finnish national champions of 2013.

For the women teams it went exactly the other way around, as the Helsinki Chiefettes broke the line of wins of the Turku Titans ladies, after 4 consecutive wins, and grabbed the trophy this year. 2013 was a year of controversies and novelties, being the first year in which youth lacrosse teams were also present, proving just as exciting as their seniors, when the TuTo team from Turku won over the Lahti Predators with a goal shot in overtime.

 “Next year we hopefully will see more teams in all leagues but especially we hope to see more teams with youth lacrosse to secure the growth of lacrosse in Finland.” said Mika Wickström, the GM of the Helsinki Chiefs, and we couldn’t agree more!

Sticks up!

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