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NDSS Trojans celebrate 20 years since big lacrosse win
The Niagara District Secondary School Trojans celebrated the 20th anniversary of their big win in 2003 at the Sandtrap last Friday. Some players still fit into their jerseys two decades later. Julia Sacco

Twenty years ago, the now-closed Niagara District Secondary School’s lacrosse team made a bit of history.

On June 2, 2003, the NDSS Trojans took home the provincial title in a close 10-9 win against St. Peter’s in Peterborough, a big feat for a small school.

To celebrate the anniversary of their big win, the 2003 Trojans reunited at the Sandtrap last Friday, exactly 20 years from taking home the championship.

“This was the first time we’re all together and back and reminiscing,” former team member Gary Friesen  told The Lake Report. 

Nearly the entire team was able to make it out for the Sandtrap reunion, including former coach Bill Hope. 

The Sandtrap was a perfect location because the players all know the pub’s owners, Matt and Paul Dietsch, said Friesen. 

“Matt was actually on the first Niagara District Secondary School lacrosse team, the inaugural team.” 

Friesen, now a chiropractor in NOTL, was in Grade 10 when they took home the championship title and two years later became the team captain. 

“We had the best lacrosse team in Ontario. That’s the cool thing about it. Even though we were a really small school that would go on to close six years later, we had a great lacrosse program,” he said.

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