An incredible fourth quarter Sunday helped the Calgary Renegades win their third consecutive Canadian women’s under-18 club water polo championship.
The Renegades scored six fourth-quarter goals in an 11-7 victory over Vancouver’s Pacific Storm Club, the host team for the tournament, which was played at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre. The Storm led 7-5 after three quarters.
Rae Lekness did much of the fourth-quarter damage, scoring the go-ahead goal with 5:28 remaining and adding a pair of insurance markers. She ended with four goals, while Cara Robinson scored three.
Kindred Paul scored twice, with Kyra Christmas and Julia Paterson, who started the fourth-quarter rally with a goal 23 seconds in, also singling.
Donia Momen had three goals to lead Pacific Storm, with Manon Fraser scoring twice and Hayley McKelvey and Jocelyn McQuade each scoring once.
The victory ended a pretty dominating performance for the Renegades, who won their five games by a combined score of 68-26.
For her efforts, Lekness was named the championship’s most valuable player, while Calgary’s Emily Riddle was named most valuable goalkeeper. Kalee Harris, head coach of Pacific Storm, was named top coach.
Fraser Valley finished third, as it edged Montreal’s CAMO club 15-14 in the bronze-medal match. Fraser Valley went ahead 6-2 after a quarter and led 8-4 at the half, but CAMO battled right back, tying the game with 3:17 remaining.
Virginia Smith and Stephanie Watson scored 90 seconds apart to give Fraser Valley a 15-13 lead, and CAMO couldn’t close the gap.
Alexa Tielmann had four goals to lead Fraser Valley, and Gurpreet Sohi scored three times. Danika Kotylak, Watson and Smith each scored twice, and Nicole Gerwin and Cheyenne Ghag had the other FV goals.
Roxane Crevier had five goals to lead CAMO, with Elyse Lemay-Lavoie scoring four goals and Axelle Crevier tallying three times. Molly Demers and Anat Federova also scored for CAMO.
The Ottawa Titans finished the tournament in fifth, thanks to a 5-4 victory over the Scarborough, Ont., Shadow. Ottawa’s Ceilidh Parsons scored the winning goal with 2:48 remaining. Chantal Ouellette and Tara Hristov each scored twice in the victory.
Emma Wright, with two, Simone Wright-Stein and Ana Miroslavic scored for Shadow.
Dollard, Que., finished seventh after beating Team Saskatchewan 10-5 on Sunday, while Manitoba won a three-team playoff to finish ninth. Hamilton was 10th, while the Renegades’ B team wound up 11th.
Scarborough’s Wright, CAMO’s Lemay-Lavoie, Fraser Valley’s Tielmann and Sohi, and Fraser and Hannah Cox of Pacific Storm comprised the tournament all-star team.