Lacrosse adds to the banner count
With a 15-8 victory over Brébeuf the Isles finish the regular season 8-0 and bring home the 3rd championship banner of the fall. They will face Dawson in Sunday’s semifinal at 15h00 on Memorial field. In two games this year the Isles have outscored Dawson 41-3.
Women’s Rugby finsh 6-0
The John Abbott Lady Islanders women rugby be team finished off their undefeated season with a 39-5 win over Champlain College (St Lambert). Scoring tries were Tess Armstrong, Christine Trusiak, Christina Buermans, Victoria McCann, Samantha Clark, Victoria Kwok and Sophie Van Horne. Katie Quinn was good on 2 conversions. The team is set to face Heritage College in the semifinals next Sunday at Memorial Field at 11h00.
Football beat the Beauce 37-6, rematch next week.
The John Abbott Islanders ended their regular season on a high note with a 37-6 victory over the Beauce-Appalaches Condors. Quarterback Adam Sinagra threw three touchdown passes and linebacker Nazinder Dhillon collected four tackles for losses to improve the Islanders’ record to 7-2.
“We were in complete control of the game,” said John Abbott head coach Patrick Gregory following his team’s third win in a row. “The score flattered them – in the first-half when everyone was going, it wasn’t close.”
Wasn’t close is correct. The Islanders sprung out to a 14-0 lead with scores on their first two drives of the game. Sinagra found Jeremy Comeau in the end zone and Kwame Osei followed that up with a score of his own on the ground. Running-backs Osei, Jeremy Pryde and O’Den Robertson combined for 152 rushing yards in the game.
John Abbott didn’t let up, and with three additional second-quarter scores, the scoreboard read 37-0 in their favour at the half.
Coming out for the second-half, the Condors said they wanted to run the clock. Because of this, Abbott didn’t get an offensive possession in the third-quarter. With a 31-point lead in the fourth and final frame, Gregory decided to give his second string some work.
The Islanders finish the 2015 regular season undefeated on the road. Being ranked fourth of nine teams, it seems likely they will be visitors for their semi-final match, so their 5-0 record away from Memorial Field could serve them well in postseason.
John Abbott ends the season with a 7-2 record for the second year in a row, good for fourth place in the RSEQ Division Two. Looking at the rankings of the offense and defense, fourth place is probably what the Islanders deserve. Their defense ranks third in the league, giving up 172 points (19.1/game), while scoring 360 points (40/game) is good for fourth.
If the Condors felt like they were hard done by in this game, they have a chance for redemption. The Islanders’ quarter-final opponent are the Beauce-Appalaches Condors (4-5).
Women’s Volleyball one step closer
The women’s volleyball team just had their second tournament this past weekend. Training progress is starting to translate into results on the scoreboard. As the team is getting more comfortable with the system, they were able to upgrade their performance. Lady Islanders won 3 out of their 4 matches this past weekend, letting 1 slip against Andre Grasset (18-16 in the third set) yet still enough to take over the first place spot of their section.
“We still have many challenges to face in the upcoming weeks! Even though this was a big improvement on the court compared to the first tournament, we still have a lot of work to do as we move up in the ranks,” stated Danny da Costa, Head Coach for the Lady Islanders.
Special mention to Hailey Nesbitt and rookie Maxime Simoneau who led the Islander‘s offense during this second tournament. The Lady Islanders play again in 2 weeks with an opportunity to move to the top section.
Men’s Rugby ready to roll into the playoffs
The Men’s rugby team closed out the season with a 55-12 win over a short manned St-Lambert squad. Man of the match went to Dylan Lambertson for his hard running and play making ability throughout the match. Notable performance from Zacharie Pelletier with some huge tackles when needed. The Islanders finish the season with 282 pts for (1st overall) and 38 pts against (1st overall) and will play their semifinals game against a hardnosed Vanier team November 1st.
Flag football with some key injuries in 3 games this week
Last Wednesday, after a hurried start to the night game, the Islanders kept their composure and beat St. Laurent 43-0. The offense finally had a consistent game dropping only 13 passes out of 45. QB Andrea Hevia completed 32 of 45 passes for 370 yards, 5 TD’s, two 1pt converts, one 2pt convert, and she rushed for one TD. Marie-Li Lapierre had a great game with 7 catches for 127 yards, 1 TD and one 2pt convert. Kelly Chiavaro continues to be the team’s top possession receiver, making big catches on 3rd and 4th downs. She finished the game with 6 catches for 67 yards and two TD’s. Rookie Kayla Audet keeps up with her impressive performances and had 6 catches for 46 yards and a 1 pt convert. Lauren Matthews and Amy Michon-Hughes also had TD’s. Chiavaro also contributed with a kick in the endzone for 1 point.
Defensively, the Islanders put in another outstanding performance, shutting the Patriotes down. Chloe “BB” Hamelin had 4 flag pulls and 2 passes knocked down. Sandrine Bernard had 2 flags a knockdown. Chiavaro and Jacky Otha had interceptions. Laura Berube had 3 QB sacks.
In the first game of a double header on Sunday, the Islanders beat Granby 39-0. Hevia was 43 of 62 for 490 yards, 6 touchdowns, and three 1pt converts. Lapierre dominated this game with 14 catches for 158 yards, 3 touchdowns and two 1 pt converstions. Frederike Lague-Lalonde had 7 catches for 148 yard and two TD’s.
For the third game in a row, the Islander defense was not scored upon. Chloe Hamelin had 3 flags and 2 knockdowns, Jessica Gosselin had 5 flags, 2 knockdowns, and 1 interception. Lapierre also contributed with an interception on a tip from teammate Sydney Fewtrell. Laura Berube had 5 flags, 1 knockdown, and 1 QB sack. Alexa Barron had 2 knockdowns and as a rusher had one blocked kick.
In their second game of the day, the Islanders had a shaky start on offence but eventually came through and dominated the game. Hevia was 33 of 51 for 484 yards and 7 touchdowns, one 1pt convert, and one 2 pt convert. In the last three days, Hevia and the Islander offense accumulated over 1340 yards throwing. Big games were had once again by Chiavaro who had 5 catches for 100 yards, 2 touchdowns, and a 1pt convert and Lague-Lalonde who had 6 catches for 102 yards, 1 TD and she threw a 1 point conversion pass for 5 yards! Claudia Gagnon also had a big game with 6 catches for 60 yards, 2 TD’s and a 2pt convert.
The Islander defense has been strong and really playing as a unit. Barron had a great day and capped it off with a flag pull and two knockdowns, Hamelin had 3 flags and an interception on a kick off return, Deandra Heaney and Fewtrell had an interception each. Alex Trahan had 2 flags, 1 knockdown, and one catch on offense for 35 yards. Gosselin also contributed with 5 flags, and a 34 yard catch on offense. Sandrine Bernard had a great game at rush with 4 QB sacks.
Men’s Basketball get their first win
The men’s basketball team played Friday night against Cegep Montmorency. The Nomades came out of the gates quickly establishing their game plan which gave them a three point lead at the end of the first half: 45-42.
The second half was all Isles. They held the Nomades to 9 points in the third quarter, while scoring 31 points of their own, ending the third with the score of 73-54 for the Isles. The final quarter saw the lead balloon to 25 points, however Momo was able to whittle the margin down to 11 points, and lost the game by a score of 98-87.
Top performers for the Isles were Keevon Small 28pts on 11/18 shooting, Daniel Cayer 18pts, 14 rebounds and 8 assists, Justin Owen-Renwick 19 pts and DJ. Ngom 10pts.
Women’s Basketball facing some early season struggles
The Isles lost 2 games on the weekend, dropping an 80-48 decision to 3 time defending national champions Montmorency Friday night. Then on Sunday Nouvelles Frontieres came into town and won 81-44. Only 3 games into the season some key injuries are preventing the Isles from getting into a good rhythm.
Hockey working hard but not getting the game results
The Isles faced Lionel Groulx on Saturday looking for their first win but came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 score. “We under achieved and should have had our first win this weekend. We are working hard just not seeing the results yet,” said coach Noémie Marin.
Swim team opens defense of their provincial title
On Friday night in St. Jerome the Isles took to the water in the first league meet under new head coach David Emory. The men’s team finished in 1st and the women in 2nd. Combined the Isles came in 2nd to Maisonneuve.
Soccer teams close out the year
In the final games of the season the Isles lost a double header to Ahuntsic with the ladies losing 2-0 and the guys losing 3-0.
Islander Athletes of the Week:
Marie Lapierre from Flag Football: In 3 games, Lapierre had 27 catches for 349 yards, 6 touchdowns, three 1 pt converts, and one 2 pt convert. Lapierre has been a key player in the Islander offense all season.
Julian Aiken the rookie goalie from the Lacrosse team has been solid all year in nets and made incredible saves when the team needed him the most.