B.C. bound: Douillette headed back to box lacrosse nationals
Updated Tuesday July 2, 2019 by Benoit Douillette.
Cloe Douillette, a standout lacrosse goaltender from Greater Sudbury, has again been named to the Team Ontario box lacrosse squad, this time at the midget level, and will represent the province for a third and final time at the Canadian Lacrosse Association Minor Box Lacrosse National Championships, to be held in Coquitlam, B.C., Aug. 20-24.BEN LEESON/SUDBURY STAR/POSTMEDIA NETWORK
It won’t be Cloe Douillette’s first time on the national stage, but it may prove to be her most meaningful performance.
A standout lacrosse goaltender from Greater Sudbury, Douillette has again been named to the Team Ontario box lacrosse squad, this time at the midget level. The 16-year-old Macdonald-Cartier student will represent the province for a third and final time at the Canadian Lacrosse Association Minor Box Lacrosse National Championships, to be held in Coquitlam, B.C., Aug. 20-24.
Knowing it’s her last time playing for national gold makes the opportunity even more special, Douillette told The Sudbury Star.
“It certainly does, especially since it’s in a different location,” she said. “My first year, it was in Calgary, the second it was in Halifax and now it’s in B.C., so it’s even more exciting.
“I’d really like to see all the mountains. We’re driving back, so we’re going to visit some places around Canada and go visit the West Coast. I’m really excited for that.”
Her primary focus, of course, will be stopping lacrosse balls, which ought to be flying at high speed at such a high-calibre event.
“It’s nationals, so you obviously expect the best of the best in Canada for girls,” Douillette said. “I know B.C. always has a strong team and last year, they were a really good contender for the finals, so I’m really excited to play them. We have played B.C. every year that I have played so far and they have always given us a good challenge.”
Making the roster to begin with, she said, “took a lot of hard work and dedication,” as well as frequent trips to play with her competitive team out of Thunder Bay.
“I had to be focused, because I’m not as lucky as girls down south, because I don’t play,” she said. “I practise with the peewees, because I help out the peewee rep team, but the only time I really practise or play is at my tournaments, when I play competitively with Thunder Bay, or at tryouts for Team Ontario, so I just have to use my focus and use my time wisely, work hard for it, because if not, it will just be a waste of time for me.”
Douillette is driven, however, by her passion for the game, first kindled at the age of three.
“I used to be a player, up to novice, then I started playing goalie,” she said. “I never really liked to run.
“Back in novice, they gave everyone a chance to play goal and I just developed something for it. I’m not a wimp, you know, so I have never been scared of the ball, and it’s just interesting, because you play a very important role in the game and having that extra pressure, since I’m so competitive, it just pushes me to try harder and play better.”
Douillette’s competitiveness may carry her further still. Her ambitions in the sport won’t necessarily end with her eligibility for Team Ontario, even if it means expanding her skill set.
“There’s Olympics in 2028 and they’re including lacrosse in it, but it’s more of a field type of play and since I don’t play field, that’s a disadvantage,” she said. “If there’s an all-star team this year, though, I’m striving for that and I’m going to push my hardest and make sure we win nationals.”