Islander Sports News

Women’s Hockey riding a winning streak into the playoffs

Last Friday, the Isles faced Edouard Montpetit for their last game of the regular season. John Abbott was in a must win situation in order to keep their playoff dreams alive. The girls came out on fire, but were on the short end of a 1-0 score after the first period. The back and forth battle continued until Julia D’Alleva scored with just over four minutes left, pushing the game into overtime. Going all the way to shootouts Jessica Bouchard scored and Aube Racine stopped all 3 shooters to give the Isles the victory.

Now the Isles needed Lennoxville to lose their last two games against Andre Laurendeau and Dawson. The improbable happened as Lennoxville ended the year on 4 game losing streak combined with the Isles 4 game winning streak to get us into the playoffs.

We will now face Dawson in a best of 3 series Game 1 Saturday March 12th 20h00 at Gadbois, Game 2 Friday March 18th 19h15 MAC Arena and Game 3 (if necessary) Saturday March 19th 20h00 at Gadbois.

Men’s Basketball make it to provincials in dramatic fashion, but fall short of their ultimate goal

Playing at home vs Edouard Montpetit in the qualifier to provincials the Isles needed overtime to earn a spot at provincials. In a game that saw the Isles trailing at half by 9 points, there was quite the turnaround in the third quarter. Reversing their fortune they stormed back to take a 10 point lead of 53-43 into the final frame. The Lynx did not quit and took a two point lead late in the game. Daniel Cayer was able to sink two clutch free throws and the Lynx missed their last shot to send the game into overtime. The Isles pulled away in overtime to win 79-73 led by Justin Owen Renwick with 28 points.

At provincials the Isles ranked 4th, faced a Montmorency team that has been looking stronger as the semester has advanced. Coming out with an uninspired first quarter the Isles found themselves down by 21 points after ten minutes of play. With their shot a Nationals on the line the Isles mounted a furious comeback, bringing the deficit down to a mere point early in the fourth quarter. Some untimely turnovers and poor shooting let the Nomades rebuild their lead and they never looked back on their way to an 89-80 victory.

Playing for bronze against Jean de Brebeuf on Sunday it was a back and forth game with the teams trading the lead in the first 3 quarters. The Isles were up 65-63 heading into the fourth looking to capture their 2nd consecutive RSEQ bronze medal. The upstart Dynamiques wanted to prove the belonged amongst the RSEQ elite and took the lead early in the final quarter. The Isles pushed for the win but Brebeuf was able to hold them off and capture the bronze medal in their first year in the RSEQ D1 league. Keevon Small ended his MVP season with 42 points in his final game as an Islander.

Women’s Volleyball fall just short of regional playoffs

The Isles displayed exemplary character in what proved to be a difficult day with many key players nursing some aches and pains. Despite key players like Hayley, Alessandra, Maxime and Veronica not being in top shape the Lady Islanders were fighting for their playoff lives.

Losing the first two matchups in 3 sets each to St Jean and St Jerome they were able to close out the day with straight set victories over Maisonneuve and Valleyfield! Led by 2nd year player Hayley Nesbitt (2.22 SRR, 45 Kills, 54 Digs and +33 in hitting),setter Ariana Arambulo (86 assists, 22 Digs, 100% serving efficiency), Libero Olivia Sledge (17 Digs, 2.15 Serve Receive Ratio), the Lady Islanders finished tied for 2nd with St Jerome but lost the tie break in head to head matchup.

Honourable mention also goes to first year player Marjorie St. Louis (6 kills and 22 digs) and Veronica O’Neill (26 Digs, 100% Serving efficiency, 10 kills).

It is also important to note the team’s successes were largely in part to 2nd year players Sofia Arambulo and Audrey-Anne Maranda. Although their contributions don’t show up in individual stats, their team spirit, commitment and hard work were invaluable to the team.

With these final results the Lady Islanders will finish just out of the playoffs in 9th place meaning they will start next year in section II.

Islander Athletes of the Week:

Keevon Small from MBB in his last weekend as an Islander had an average of 28.6 points and 10.6 rebounds in 3 playoff games.

Hayley Nesbitt from WVB with 45 kills, 74% passing efficiency and 54 digs.

John Abbott  in Action This week

DATE TIME TEAMS LOCATION
Sat., Mar. 12, 2016 14h30 Swim meet St-Jerome
20h00 Women’s Hockey vs Dawson Gadbois
Sun., Mar. 13, 2016 9h00 Men’s Volleyball Tournament #7 Marianopolis