Islanders Recover from Mistakes to Top Triades
The John Abbott Islanders have kicked-off their 2016 campaign with a record of 3-0, thanks to a 42-11 victory over the Lanaudière Trides on Saturday at Memorial Field. Kwami Osei rushed for 139 yards in three quarters, while Liam Yeldon caught three touchdown passes to secure the win.
The game will best be remembered for the teams combining for twelve (12) interceptions. Each side was responsible for six picks a piece. John Abbott’s Matt Lamorte was the only quarterback to who played more than one series not to throw an interception.
It could be looked at in two ways – the quarterbacks were faltering or the secondaries were on their respective games. Jacob Bernett of the Islanders certainly was feeling it on Saturday, as he had three interceptions to his name, including one that was returned for a touchdown.
The Abbott defense is now ranked the best in the league and had another good day at the office. Despite the six turnovers, the defense was able to hold the Triades to a lone touchdown. The Islander defense is now the best in the Division, giving up an average of ten points per game.
The ground game has been key for the Islanders in their first two games, and that was the case once again against Lanaudiere. Kwame Osei, who was leading the league in rushing yards heading into the game, broke the 100-yard mark once again. Though he did not find his way into the end zone, Osei did set up the Isles second touchdown of the game with a 69 yard run in the second quarter.
The Islanders (3-0) have a big game next week against the Valleyfield Noir & Or (2-1). Valleyfield beat John Abbott at home last year, and the Isles will certainly be looking for revenge on the road. That one goes at 7:30 on Saturday, September 17.
Lacrosse takes their home opener
The Islander lacrosse team earned their first win of the season via a 10-3 score vs the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars. Although the game was tied after 20 minutes, the following three quarters saw John Abbott put home seven unanswered goals, which complimented a shutdown performance by goalie Andrew Mastine. Veteran Aaron Smith quarterbacked the defense who kept the Cougars on their heels, and laid some devastating hits on the Cougar’s attackmen. Domenic Zagari earned the game ball for his hard hitting on the field and potting his first goal of the season in stellar fashion. The Isles had 6 different goal scorers in the game giving the coaches and team lots of confidence going into back to back games next weekend.
Men’s Rugby Shines against Marianopolis
After a shaky start, the Men’s Rugby team logged a convincing 36-5 victory over a physical and motivated Marianopolis side. Veterans Jackson Mathews, David Pelosi and Vigo Moniz set an example and paced the team from the front, while Sam Montminy led an explosive backline. Rookie Zack Pfefferle won player of the game, excelling on both offence and defence, while also displaying exceptional versatility. Rookies Jacob Menard and Alec Montminy also impressed with some dangerous attacking speed and Mike Lindquist had a massive impact in his first ever game of rugby. The team displayed an excellent blend of speed and creativity among the backs, set up by the powerful running from the forwards. They played tough and motivated defense and recorded a shutout in the second half. Both the men’s and women’s teams will play their home openers at Memorial Field Friday night, September the 16th. The women’s game starts at 7 p.m., while the men will get down to business two hours later.
Baseball Opens Up Season with Back-to-Back Victories
The John Abbott baseball team had a successful first week, winning consecutive games against the Lionel-Groulx Nordiques (18-3) and the Drummondville Voltigeurs (12-4). The latter of the two victories was particularly impressive, since Drummondville boasted one of the league’s premier pitching staffs. Thomas McAdams posted seven strong innings to earn the victory versus the Voltigeurs. On offense Chandler Philippas lead the team with 5 hits for a .625 average and a .700 OBP. Jeremy Brisebois and Kyle Hazel lead the team with 4 RBI this week, with Brisebois launching his first HR of the season. The Islanders hold their home opener this Wednesday at Springate Park in Pierrefonds at 7:30pm.
Golf Battles Through Tough Conditions
The John Abbott golf team battled fierce, cold winds and a soft, wet course on Sunday at Club de Golf Lorette. The Islanders were led by Constantin Orth and Daragh McCarthy, both battling hard to shoot 10 over par scores in very challenging conditions. In the team standings, the Islanders sit in fourth position, 35 shots behind the leaders after the first of five tournaments. The team travels to Adstock Golf Club, in Thetford Mines, next Sunday.