Islander Sports News

Lacrosse stays undefeated

The men’s lacrosse team increased their season long winning streak to 5-0 with a 17-9 win over Brébeuf this weekend. Captain Turner Alison was awarded the game ball for his performance and attitude on and off the field. Kyle Gilbert racked up 6 goals and a total of 11 points. Veteran defenseman Jonny Boisvert had a shutdown game vs Brébeuf’s top players and goalie Julien Aiken held his own between the pipes. Rookie Brandon Rice had a great game on both ends of the field starting the game on offence, getting on the score sheet, and then returning to his natural defensive position.

Women’s Rugby making it closer than it should be 

The Lady Islanders faced off against Dawson College in a battle for first place. Dawson had the early advantage as the Lady Islanders made too many errors. They took an early 5-0 lead, which was a wakeup call for the team. They fought back with Dana Silerova scoring in the corner to tie the game 5-5 at halftime. The Lady Islanders turned up the pressure in the 2nd half, but they couldn’t break a tough Dawson defense until Jessica Alaei dove in after some nice drives by the forwards. Dana Silerova added the conversion for a 12-5 lead. Dawson came right back with a sustained attacked right from the kickoff. They eventually took advantage of some errors by the Lady Islanders, and scored under the posts. Needing the conversion to tie, Dana Silerova somehow managed to block the kick, leaving the lady Islanders in the lead 12-10. With 10 minutes remaining, the Lady Islanders were awarded a penalty kick 22m out, which Dana Silerova easily kicked through for a 15-10 lead. Again Dawson came back attacking looking to tie or take the lead, but the Lady Islanders defense was up to the task and kept them out of the end zone. 

Baseball ready for the post season 

The Islanders completed their 2015 regular season schedule with a 9-6 victory over Ahuntsic, good for at least a second seed spot in the final standings. Timely hitting by Brendan Watt helped deliver 4 runs over the 7 innings of play to pace the team to victory, with Mikael Fournier earning his second save to close matters out. Starter Scott Grafton was credited with the win and now the Islanders look forward to defending their RSEQ 2014 championship with the playoff rounds set to begin this Saturday, October 10th, at Ducharme Park in Ste-Therese. 

Two big wins for FLAG on the weekend 

The women’s flag football team is now 5 and 1 after a couple of big victories on the weekend. On Saturday, the Islanders took on Terrebonne and came away with a 44-6 win. Offensively the Isles were inconsistent but still managed to score 5 touchdowns. The defense contributed with 2 more. QB Andrea Hevia went 21 of 37 passes for 242 yards, 5 TD’s and 2 interceptions. Kelly Chiavaro who is turning out to be an excellent possession receiver was great on 3rd and 4th down conversions, had on 10 yard TD catch and a 1 point conversion. Frédérike Lague-Lalonde had 5 catches for 73 yards and 2 TD’s, Kayla Audet had 1 TD, and speedy rookie Chloe Hamelin had one 5 yard run for a convert and caught a 5 yard pass and ran it in 40 yards.

Defensively, the Islanders are getting better week by week. Sandrine “Bernie” Bernard had 6 flag pulls and 2 QB sacks, Laura Berube had 3 flags and 2 QB sacks, Alex Trahan had 2 flags and 2 passes deflected, and Jessica “Gus” Gosselin was on fire, with 9 flags and 3 interception; two of which she ran back for TD’s.

In the second game of the weekend, the Islanders struggled in the 1st quarter, but then shut the Assomption offense down. In the end, the Isles won 34-6. Ball possession and controlling the clock were the key to victory as Hevia went 30 of 47 for 333 yards, 4 TD’s and 3 conversions. Claudia Gagnon and Kaitlyn Angell each had touchdowns. Lalonde bounced back from an inconsistent game the day before with an amazing 9 catches for 66 yards, including a fantastic one handed catch on 4th down, 1 touchdown, and a conversion. Lalonde even completed a pass to centre Quiauna Johnson on a 10 yard pass for a touchdown! Johnson who had her best game of the season had 6 catches for 88 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 1 point conversion.

On defense, the Islanders executed extremely well. Alexa Barron had her best game yet with 4 flags and 3 passes knocked down, Gosselin had 7 flags and 1 knockdown, Bernard had 3 flags and a pass deflection. Berube was fantastic at rush, coming up with big QB sacks, including a spectacular diving sack to end the first half. 

Men’s Rugby continue to roll  

The Islanders went to Douglas park and dismantled the Dawson Blues by a score of 33-5. They now sit alone at the top of the league standings with a perfect 4-0 record.

The Golf team was on fire!  

The bad news it was an errant cigarette butt in the hotel lobby. Marc Prevost was the top Islander, finishing 29th.  The team also had to deal with a significant fire at the hotel they were staying at!  There was adventure all around. 

Islanders fall at home to undefeated Valleyfield 

Islanders faced a stern test in the Valleyfield Noir et Or on Saturday night, dropping their second consecutive home game to the tune of a 35-15 score line. Nori Volny had 101 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Markens Valcourt had eight tackles in a losing effort.

“This is a tough one to accept, but we’ll get better from it,” said fourth-year head coach Patrick Gregory following the loss. “We got a little bit scrambled on offense in the first-half, and on defense we were on our heels the whole day.”

Following an inspirational 32-30 win over the undefeated Saint-Jean Géants last week, the Islanders came out flat-footed in the first-half. They could only muster a lone point compared to Valleyfield’s 28.

A half-time talk by Gregory put some fire in the bellies of the boys from Abbott. They stormed out of the room with two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter. Heading into the final frame, the scoreboard read 28-15 in favour of the visitors.

Unfortunately, a series of stalled drives and a Noir et Or touchdown sealed a disappointing loss on home turf for the Islanders.

Men’s Basketball win the Dawson Classic 

The Isles’ men’s basketball team played this weekend at the Dawson College Classic Basketball Tournament, and came away with the Championship trophy!! The team played 5 games in 3 days and went 5-0 during the weekend, winning games by an average margin of 18 point.

The team’s first opponent was Algonquin College from Ottawa on Friday at 9:00. The Isles won the match by a score of 65-55, this was their closest game all weekend. In the afternoon match, the Isles played Loyalist College from Kingston, and ran away in the game with a score of 91-65. Their next set of games were on Saturday in the morning and afternoon, where they faced St. Clair College of Hamilton, winning 96-67; and then taking on St. Lawrence College of Kingston, winning 84-66.

The Championship game was a repeat match up of the Isles last game, playing St. Lawrence College in the finals. The Isles were able to stick to the game plan and won the Championship game by a score of 86-70. Named to the All-Tournament team was Daniel Cayer and Justin O-Renwick, while Keevon Small was Tournament MVP. 

Soccer splits weekend doubleheader action 

On Friday night the women beat Sainte Foy 2-1 while the men lost 4-1. On Sunday at FX Garneau the women lost 2-1 but the men got a 1-0 victory. Both teams are still fighting for playoff spots although they are currently on the outside looking in.

Hockey could not stop the onslaught  

The Islanders faced undefeated Limoilou on Saturday, the lady islanders came out strong in the first period keeping the score 1-0 for Limoilou. In the second period, the Islanders were undisciplined causing Limoilou to take advantage. Aube Racine faced 73 shots in a 8-0 lost.

Women’s Volleyball showing progress after 1st league tournament 

Coach Da Costa accepted to take over the women’s volleyball program this year in order to help bring the team to the next level and help Coach Hughes (former Head Coach, now assistant coach) also rebuild women’s volleyball in the area and to create the Islander feeder system. “Other than a few little mistakes at the wrong time, the girls played well!” said Da Costa.  The training culture is a little different, but the girls are adapting rapidly.

The Lady Islanders team finished with a 1-3 record today averaging 23 pts per set, just 2 pts short of a few extra victories. “It’s still a learning experience for the team, and we still have a few things to work on, but we are definitely on the right path” stated Da Costa.

Honorable mentions over the weekend to Hailey Nesbit (28/55 – 51% hitting efficiency) and Max Simoneau (20/40 – 50% hitting efficiency) who lead the offense for the Lady Islanders. Arianna Arambulo and Audrey-Anne Maranda – the team’s setters split playing time during the day as they are both fighting for a starting position. Olivia sledge, who was uncertain of making the cut a few weeks ago but has been progressing well, actually managed to get significant playing time as a defensive specialist over the weekend.

Mixed results for Women’s Basketball in pre-season action

The women’s basketball team was 1-2 at the Durham Big 8 tournament held in Oshawa over the weekend. The Islanders jumped out to an eight-point first quarter lead against Niagara College Friday night but a poor second quarter allowed Niagara to take a 43-34 lead en route to a 84-74 victory. Megan Charbonneau led Abbott with 16 points while Darnelle Noel and Aaliyah Hamilton added 15 and 11 respectively.

The Islanders bounced back with a win over Centennial College Saturday morning as Annie Pollender led all scorers with 20 points in a 73-52 victory. In the consolation championship Abbott once again held a lead after a quarter of play, 25-22, but turnovers in the second and third quarter proved costly as they fell 97-71 to George Brown College. Rikki Blumnefeld had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds and was named to the tournament all-star team.  Charbonneau led the Islanders with 19 points.

Abbott will host two pre-season games this weekend when they play Champlain-St. Lawrence Saturday at 2 p.m. and Humber College Sunday at 11 a.m.

Islander Athletes of the Week:

Kyle Gilbert racked up 6 goals and a total of 11 points against Brébeuf in a battle of undefeated teams.

Jessica Gosselin – Rookie defender from Flag Football had two great performances this past weekend. She had 3 interceptions, two which were ran back for touchdowns (and almost another one in game #2), 1 pass deflection, and 16 flags pulled.

For more information please contact Chris Hunter at 514-457-6610, ext. 5787 or chris.hunter@johnabbott.qc.ca