Women’s Rugby Inches Closer to Another Banner
The Lady Islanders beat Champlain Lennoxville 15-5, gaining sole possession of first place. After a long bus ride, the team took some time getting the kinks out falling behind 5-0 early on. They fought back against a very determined opposition to tie the game before half time, with a well-earned try by DJ El-Tayar. The second half started well, but small errors prevented the Lady Islanders from capitalizing on their offensive opportunities. Lauren Minns was finally able to break through the defensive line and scored a nice 70 meter try to give the Lady Islanders a 10-5 lead. That gave John Abbott confidence, and seemed to discourage their opponents, allowing them to control the rest of the game. Even with the momentum, the opposition’s defence held strong, only allowing one other try as Sophie Van Horne returned a kick from 40 meters out to finish the scoring.
Flag Football Remains Perfect
The Flag Football team had another good day, defeating Valleyfield 33-6. The offense was led by Ronelle Villarama, who had two touchdowns and a conversion. Villarama opened the scoring early and was promptly followed up by a Kayla Audet score. Katherine Tracy found the endzone on two occasions, including an insurance marker late in the third quarter. The Islanders are in 1st place with a 6-0 record, but will have a tough test next week as they face off with 2nd place Vanier. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 21st at Memorial Field.
Football Clinches Home Playoff Game
The John Abbott football team improved to 5-3 with a 24-7 victory over Edouard-Montpetit. It was another solid performance by the defense, who only allowed one point in the second half. The offense also had a good day, putting the game out of reach in the second half. The highlight unquestionably was the defense, which is now ranked second in the league, conceding an average of 20.4 points per game. The Islanders are back at Memorial Field on October 22nd against Trois-Rivieres. Kickoff is at 1 pm during the College’s Open House (limited parking).
Men’s Volleyball Has Good Opening Tournament
In their first league tournament the Isles went 3-1 beating Edouard Montpetit 25-16, 10-25, 15-7, Brébeuf 25-17, 25-23 and St-Lambert 25-23, 25-19. The only loss came to hosts St Jérmone 25-21, 22-25, 13-15. This landed the Isles in 3 way tie for first place. It went down to total point differential between the 3 teams, with Edouard Montpetit coming out on top. The Isles took 2nd place, while St Jérome finished in third. Leading the way in kills were Justin Pemberton (27), Markus Nitka (22) and Massimo Di Clemente (16). Rookie middle Timothy Quinn led the team with 7 stuff blocks. Tyler Tweedie-Smith was his usual steady self on serve reception and defense with a 2.02 serve receive ratio and 24 digs while making only 4 errors.
The Isles played well overall, but made errors in bunches. In each set they lost, the Isles committed more errors than their opponents earned points. When the team played their game and controlled their emotions, the victories were easy. The Isles will be back on the court in 2 weeks as the top five teams in the league will face off in the second of six league tournaments.
Lacrosse Loses Thriller
The Isles lacrosse team fell to the Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars 11-10 in a very hard fought game. The Islanders played hard on both ends of the field and had a lot of well executed plays. The coaches attribute the loss to lack of substitute players which contributed to the exhaustion of the team in the 4th quarter. Joey Dicaprio led the way with 4 goals. The defense laid some devastating hits and goalie Andrew Mastine played his best game of the year. As it stands, John Abbott sits in 4th place and still in playoff contention, which means next week’s game versus St-Hyacinthe is a must-win. The game will be at Memorial Field on Sunday, October 23rd and will get underway at 4 p.m.
Women’s Soccer Coming up Just Short
The John Abbott women’s soccer team had a tough weekend, losing back-to-back 1-0 games to the nationally ranked Sainte-Foy Dynamiques. While they had a good defensive performance against one of the league’s best offenses, the Isles failed to find the back of the net. With the losses, the Islanders are officially eliminated from playoff contention, and will play for pride this week against Lionel-Groulx.
Hockey Loses to Undefeated Titans
The John Abbott Islanders women’s hockey team were in tough against the Limoilou Titans on Friday night, losing by a score of 6-2. The Islanders were flat out of the gate, allowing three first period goals. Goaltender Aube Racine had to compete all night long, finishing the game with 30 saves. Dayna Bobbish had a good day for the Islanders, recording two assists, while the goal scorers were Hailey Burns and Sara Levesque. The Isles now sit in 4th place with a 3-2 record, but have a winnable game on Saturday on the road against Andre-Laurendeau.
Women’s Basketball Drops Exhibition Match to Express
The St. Laurent Express, six-time defending provincial high school champions, used a plethora of three-pointers to defeat the women’s basketball team 83-52 in the Islanders’ final pre-season tune-up.
The Islanders led for most of the first quarter, but a 22-6 Express run gave the home team a comfortable 40-22 halftime lead. John Abbott cut the deficit to 14 points late in the third quarter, but St. Laurent responded with five consecutive threes to put the game out of reach. Annie Pollender had an exceptional night with a game-high 24 points while Alexis Maniatis and Rikki Blumenfeld both came off the bench to score 12 and 9 points, respectively. The Islanders will open up their regular season on Friday, October 21st at Vieux-Montreal
Men’s Rugby wins 27-7 over André Laurendeau
Lacrosse loses to Dawson 18-6
Men’s Soccer loses to Ste Foy 5-0
- Camille Dumont finishes 8th
- Women’s team 7th
- Men’s team 10th