Trent Welcomes 12,000 Fans for Women’s World Lacrosse
August 8, 2007
It only took three days for the Women’s World Lacrosse Championships to set a new event attendance record at the new Trent stadium, drawing more than 12,000 spectators from around the world by the end of the eight-day tournament.
Cheryl MacNeill, co-chair of the organizing committee, said the 2,400 who attended August 10's semifinal between Canada and Australia doubled the largest previous crowd at a U19 event. The three previous championships were held in significantly larger cities of Philadelphia, PA., Perth, Australia and Baltimore, MD.
"We've never had that kind of attendance at under-19 women's lacrosse," MacNeill said. "It's far beyond what we could have even begun to dream. The crowds, the weather, and the support from volunteers has just been above and beyond expectations."
"I think a lot of these athletes feel pretty good about Peterborough and Trent," said Bill Byrick, Trent’s director of athletics. "We've heard a lot of positive comments about their entire experience in Peterborough which bodes well for future events."
Known as the premier international lacrosse event for under-19 women, the championships did not fail to live up to audience expectations, delivering an exciting competition featuring stellar play on the field that filled the new 1,000-seat stadium with tremendous energ y.
Team Canada started off the games with a dramatic 11-8 win over Australia, their first time defeating the Aussies in 25 years. The two teams met up again in the semi-finals, where the Australians came out on top, winning by a score of 21-9. This gave Team Canada a berth in the exciting bronze-medal final against Team England on August 11. In a heartbreaking end to their efforts on the field, Team Canada lost 9-8 with the final goal scored just 16 seconds before the end of the game.
The gold medal went to Team USA, with the Australians earning a silver and Team England taking home the bronze. Team Canada finished a respectable fourth overall out of the 11 teams competing. These championships marked the first time that Peterborough had ever hosted an international sporting event, and the first major athletic tournament at Trent University.back