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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Douillette to tend goal for Team Ontario
by Randy Pascal

Cloe Douillette will be one very busy girls this summer.

Already suiting up with her GSLA (Greater Sudbury Lacrosse Association) bantam houseleague team, as well as the Sudbury Rockhounds rep team, the 12 year-old goaltender added one more piece to the summer puzzle over the weekend.

Douillette was named to the Ontario Bantam Girls lacrosse team that will compete at the Girls National Box Lacrosse Championships in Calgary, from July 18th to 23rd. Battling against three other netminders, Douillette was selected after attending a pair of full day tryouts in Orangeville (May 7th) and Oshawa (May 15th).

“This was my first time going out with a girls provincial team,” said Douillette, earlier this week at the Carmichael Arena. “I did one camp before with the girls, but it was totally different than Team Ontario.”

With the overwhelming majority of her playing experience opposite boys of the same age, Douillette noticed both similarities, and variances, between the two sexes. “In some ways, there wasn’t a lot of differences,” she said. “I have to watch the same things as with the guys, like when they give you a little hint about where they’re going to shoot. You have to watch for that.”

“The speed might be a little slower with the girls,” she said. “With the boys, the shots are harder, and they aim better.” A mainstay between the pipes of the GSLA for a few years now, Douillette is trying to take her game to another level.

“I’m working hard to improve my fitness,” she stated. “It’s gotten better, now that I play basketball – my feet are way faster. That’s one thing I want to work on.” Still, it did not take long for Douillette to feel completely comfortable, recognizing her chances of cracking the roster very early in the process.

“I thought I had a pretty good chance,” she said. “I know it sounds kind of cocky, but I thought I was the best one out there, and a lot of parents told me that. The first two hours, before lunch break, I thought I did better, better even than I usually do.”

In addition to improving her cardio, Douillette is hoping to expand her game to include even better ball-handling skills, given that she is already blessed with the size that limits the scoring opportunities, right out of the gate, for opposing shooters.

“If you just stand in your net, and do nothing, that doesn’t really help,” she explained. “But if you make yourself as big as you can, and make sure you have the speed to move around, and you handle the ball well, it can really help.”

Throw in a solid foundation of what we can call “lacrosse goaltending IQ”, and Douillette is positioned to be a provincial mainstay for a few years yet. “I’ve been a goalie long enough, that I have a pretty good idea about where the ball is going to go next.”

Good thing, considering the amount of rubber she will be facing this summer.

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