Tawnie Johnson and Team Canada Bring Home the Bronze
Tawnie Johnson and her Canada team took home the Bronze Medal at the world girls’ under-19 field lacrosse tournament. Johnson, whose father is Onondaga, played at the world event, which ran from August 3 to 13 in Hannover, Germany. Twelve teams from around the world competed.
Johnson, who lives in Caledonia, Ontario, chose to play for team Canada over the Haudenosaunee Nation team because of fears the latter might not attend the tournament (they did, only their second tournament ever, and fought hard for a respectable 8th place finish).
After beating the Haudenosaunee team 21-2 in the first game (Tawnie netted a goal), Canada lost a tough game to Team USA in their second game, 13-6, but bounced back to beat England, 13-10, where Johnson scored another goal. She was held scoreless in a heartbreaking 11-9 loss to Australia.
But she emerged as a major factor in winning two of her team’s next three games, getting them to the Bronze Medal match against England. Johnson ultimately ended the tournament with six goals.
For the complete results of the tournament, click here