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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

Other Results

Men’s Rugby wins 27-7 over André Laurendeau

Lacrosse loses to Dawson 18-6

Men’s Soccer loses to Ste Foy 5-0

Cross Country

  • Camille Dumont finishes 8th
  • Women’s team 7th
  • Men’s team 10th

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Soccers Sweep Lionel Groulx, Improve Playoff Chances

The ladies won 1-0 on a goal by Shania Callender and put themselves back in the playoff race. They currently sit 3 points out of a semifinal spot. A home and home against Ste Foy (Oct 14 & 16) next week will pretty much decide their fate as the Isles close out the season with 3 games in 6 days.

The guys solidified their playoff chances with a 2-1 win with Collin Williams and Justin Zidle finding the back of the net. Currently in 4th place with 2 games remaining the Isles hope to host a quarter final game on Tuesday Oct 25th.

The Provincial semis and medal games will all be played at John Abbott on October 29th & 30th. A final schedule will be released the week preceding the championship.

Football Back to Their Winning Ways

The John Abbott College Islanders showed what they were made of on Saturday night, scoring 16 unanswered points to beat the Thetford Filions by a score of 30-21 in front of a rowdy Memorial Field crowd. Kwame Osei was a yard shy of the century mark, while Jacob Tanguay-Austin went three-for-four on field goals to improve the Isles to 4-3 on the year.

The home team got off to a great start, scoring two first half touchdowns. The first was an eight yard catch and run from quarterback Jack Zergiotis to stalwart full-back Oliver Quinn. That was followed up two minutes later, when Nick Paliotti blocked a Filon punt and Louis Lavaud scooped it up and jogged into the end zone. Special teams would be pivotal for the Islanders, as kicker Tanguay-Austin hit three field goals and Osei had a big 56 yard kickoff return.

Not to be overlooked, the defense had a great second half as well, keeping Thetford off the scoresheet. The solid performance was highlighted by Markens Valcourt and Louis Lavaud, who each had an interception. Also starring on defense were Denzel Gendron-Muscadin with six solo tackles and Philip Schembre, who recorded Abbott’s only sack.

John Abbott is now in sole possession of 4th place in the RSEQ Division Two. Next week they will face Edouard-Montpetit (3-4) on the road, with an opportunity to clinch a home playoff game with a win. Abbott will then close out the regular season against Trois-Rivieres (2-5) at Memorial Field. The game goes on Saturday, October 22 at 13h00 during the college’s Open House.

Baseball Loses a Heartbreaker in Extras

Going in as the top seed and hosting all the games of the RSEQ baseball playoffs, the Isles had high hopes of success. The boys seemed to come out a bit nervous and it showed with some tentative swings and sloppy defense, giving up 4 unearned runs and staking the Ahuntsic Indians to an early 5-0 lead. The Isles were able to rally back to tie the game and send it to extra innings. Unfortunately another unearned run sealed the Isles fate as they lost 6-5.

Ahuntsic went on the face Edouard Montpetit Lynx in the final. Lady luck seemed to be on the side of the Indians as they again took early advantage of mistakes to jump out to a 4-2 lead. The Lynx were able to push it to extras, but some aggressive base running gave the Indians the upper hand in another 6-5 final.

Hockey Loses First Game this Year

A week after beating the defending regular season champions in overtime, the John Abbott women’s hockey team fell in their rematch with the Dawson College Blues 5-1. The ladies could only generate 18 shots on goal, with one that was taken by Juliana Classen finding the back of the net. Julia D’Alleva, who was credited with an assist on the goal, now leads the team with four points in as many games. Goaltender Aube Racine made 33 saves. Even with the loss, Racine still owns a respectable 2.46 goals-against-average and a 0.917 save percentage. The hockey team is back in action on Friday, October 14 at Mac Arena versus Limoilou, with puck drop scheduled for 19h20.

Other Scores


19-1 loss to Brebeuf

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Baseball Clinches the Regular Season Banner

The John Abbott baseball team became the first varsity squad to qualify for the playoffs, going 3-1 in their final weekend. The boys beat Ahuntsic on Wednesday by a score of 5-3, before blowing out Andre-Laurendeau on Friday 16-6 in a mercy rule shortened game. In a doubleheader on the final day of the regular season, John Abbott beat Edouard-Montpetit 11-6 at George Springate Park, but the visitors rallied to take the second game 5-4. Despite the loss, the Islanders finished the season in 1st place, going 9-3, with pitcher Thomas McAdams winning four of those games. The RSEQ baseball playoffs will be played at George Springate Park in Pierrefonds on October 8th. The Isles will play Ahuntsic in the first semifinal at 10AM followed by Edouard Montpetit and Drummondville at 1PM. The championship final will be at 4PM, should the weather not cooperate games will be played on Sunday.

Women’s Hockey Impressive

Don’t look now, but the John Abbott women’s hockey team are the hottest squad in the RSEQ! Following an excellent performance against St-Laurent last week, the Islanders upset the perennial powerhouse Dawson Blues by a score of 4-3 (overtime) on Friday. Last season, John Abbott could only muster five goals in 3 games against the Blues, which demonstrates the great improvement of the team this year. The next day, the Isles faced Rimouski and held on to win a close game 2-1 on goals by Sandrine Hachez and Juliana Classen. Goaltender Aube Racine was clutch for the Islanders – she now owns a 1.66 goals against average and a 0.943 save percentage. Despite being the only undefeated team in the league, John Abbott sits in 2nd place and will have a rematch with Dawson this weekend.

Flag-Football Still the Class of the Division

The flag football team actually gave up their first touchdown of the year…but still won their game against Terrebonne handily by a score of 47-6. The team’s defensive dominance was snapped early in the first quarter, but following that the Islanders had no problems. The team combined for ten pass knockdowns, paced by Sydney Fewtrell with three and Jessica Gosselin with two on top of her four pulled flags. On offense, quarterback Andrea Hevia had a great day, going 32 for 42 with seven touchdowns. Her favourite target was Amy Michon-Hughes, who had 149 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Islanders are now 5-0, well ahead of their second place competition.

Men’s Soccer Make a Statement

The men’s soccer squad had a very successful weekend, not conceding a goal while getting four of a possible six points on the road. The team drew the Champlain St-Lambert Cavaliers 0-0, with goalkeeper Thomas Harwood earning the clean sheet in a very tight game. The Isles then regrouped to face the Elans of F.X. Garneau, who were heading into the match as the first place team. John Abbott played a perfect road game, holding the Elans off the board and capitalizing on counter attacking to win 3-0. Harwood once again got the shutout, with goals being scored by Rashaan Williams, Alex Courrant and Alberto Correa. John Abbott is now in fourth place.

Women’s Rugby Win Championship Rematch

In a rematch of last year’s final, the John Abbott Women’s rugby team faced off against Dawson College Sunday on Memorial Field.  The game couldn’t have started any better for the Lady Islanders.  They pinned the opposition deep in their end, and then following a turnover, Sasha Guedes caught their defense off guard for a quick try 5 minutes into the game to give the Lady Islanders a 5-0 lead.  Dawson was ready to play, and a defensive battle was the result. Tyra Marley found the end zone in the second half, following some strong work by the forwards. Dawson scored late, but it would not be enough to deny the Isles a 10-7 victory, keeping them undefeated.

Women’s Volleyball Struggles in Opening Tournament

The Lady Islanders’ volleyball season got off to an auspicious start Sunday, with the team failing to get the results they wanted out of their first tournament. Despite the losses, there were great performances, namely from Hailey Nesbitt (2.49 SRR, 29 Kills, 5 Aces, 6 Stuff Blocks and 19 Digs) and Maxime Simoneau (2.67 Serve Receive Ratio (SRR), 26 Kills, 11 Aces, and 26 Digs). Charlotte Dansereau, Sophia Bouchard and Megan Phillips also had an encouraging tournament showing improvement, while first time setter Marjorie St Louis showed potential in her first league action.

Football Loses Third Straight

The John Abbott football team fell to 3-3 over the weekend, losing 43-10 to a very good Lionel-Groulx squad, who remained undefeated. Rookie quarterback Duncan Paterson got the start, but couldn’t finish the first half because of an injury to his hand. While there were some positive signs for the offense, they struggled with consistency and were held off the board in the second half. On the other side of the ball, the usually stalwart defense simply was not good enough. The coaching staff will regroup and get the boys ready for a pivotal matchup with newly-promoted Thetford this Saturday at Memorial Field.

Women’s Basketball Wrap-up Their Pre-season

The women’s basketball team continued its strong pre-season play by splitting a pair of games against CCAA Division 1 opponents as they finished third in the Big 8 Tournament hosted by Durham College. The undermanned Islanders were forced to play their tournament opener without starter Annie Pollender, because of academic commitments, and lost the services of Aliyah Jobe and Kelly Corsi, who were injured during the team’s first game. Trailing by as much as 13 in the third quarter the squad outscored the home team 17-4 in the final quarter to pull out a 69-67 victory. Darnelle Noel led the Islanders with 13 points, Sydney Netto and Andrea Batrla added 12 while Jobe chipped in with 11 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.

In Saturday’s semi-final game against Fanshawe the Isles trailed 25-22 at halftime. The deficit grew to 11 in the third quarter, before the Islanders staged another comeback to bring the score within four points, 54-50, with less than a minute to play. That was as close as John Abbott would get, as Fanshawe sank five foul shots to put the game out of reach and pulled away with a 59-50 win. Noel had a team high 10 points, while Pollender connected on three three-pointers to finish with nine points. Fanshawe claimed the tournament title with a 55-40 win over Champlain-Lennoxville.

Other Scores

Women’s Soccer

0-0Tie vs St Lambert

2-0 Loss to Garneau


18-0 loss to Brebeuf

Men’s Rugby

39-24 Win vs Dawson

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Women’s Hockey Starts Season on Winning Note

The women’s hockey team stunned the Saint-Laurent Patriotes, taking out the perennial powerhouse by a score of 3-1 Friday night at the Mac Arena. Forward Julia D’Alleva and goaltender Aube Racine were the stars for the Islanders, with D’Alleva scoring two goals and Racine turning aside 32 of 33 shots. Although the Patriotes jumped out to an early lead, the Islanders showed some good poise to battle back. Hailey Burns was credited with the winning goal, set up by Annabel Faubert. Abbott will be back at it this Friday, facing off against another powerhouse in the 3-0 Dawson Blues and then at home on Saturday vs Rimouski @ 16h20.

Flag Football Defense Remains Perfect

The John Abbott flag football team has yet to give up a single point this season and now sit at 4-0. The ladies had two games this weekend, beating Vanier College 19-0 before blowing out Bois-de-Boulogne 36-0. Despite a disappointing performance from receivers in the first game, quarterback Andy Hevia had 577 passing yards over the weekend with eight touchdowns. Hevia’s favorite targets were Quiauna Johnson and Amy Hughes. The stars on defense were Sandrine Bernard, Shaeleigh Spracklin, Alex Trahan and Zeitha Biney, the latter of whom had four sacks. The Islanders are back in action this Saturday against Terrebonne.

Men’s Rugby Cruises at Vanier

The John Abbott Men’s rugby side displayed their skills and gritty work ethic by putting up an impressive 77-0 win over the Vanier Cheetahs. Despite being cut down to 14 players ten minutes in the first half due to a yellow card, the team rallied back with some very hard running lines, quick ball movement and a ferocious display of breakdown ball retention. Vigo Moniz, Elijah Mon, Andrew Knopp, Zach Pfefferle (x2), Rob Da Rocha, Sam Montminy, David Pelosi, Jacob Menard, Liam Pantis and David Garvis scored the JAC tries. The boys are now 3-0, and in 1st place in the division. They will have the chance to pull away from the pack this weekend, as they face the 2nd ranked Dawson Blues at home.

Women’s Rugby Impressive on road

The John Abbott Women’s rugby team remained undefeated with a 38-0 victory over Vanier College.  Despite some unforced errors, the Lady Islanders were able to take a 12-0 lead into half time.  With some small adjustments, they were able to get the offence moving, and finished with a 38-0 victory.  Leading the scoring were Sasha Guedes and Tyra Marley with 2 tries each.  Sophie Van Horne was also good on 4 of 6 conversions. The Islanders are now 2-0 and in a tie for 1st place in the division. They will kick of a home rugby double versus Dawson at 11h00 on October 2nd.

Golf Team Battles Through

The golf team held its own on Sunday at Golf Les Dunes in Sorel.  Unfortunately, several players struggled with the closing holes, putting the brakes on some very impressive rounds.  Malcolm Fava’s 77 (including an eagle on #12) and Phil Morgan’s 78 led the way this week.  Next weekend, the Provincial Championship will be held at Golf Le Continental, in Sorel.

Baseball Team a half-game back

The Islanders’ baseball team ran into some tough competition on the weekend in the L’Assomption Cyclones. After winning by mercy rule against Lionel-Groulx, the Islanders fought hard against the defending champions from L’Assomption. The Islanders split a day-night doubleheader, dropping the first game 11-9, before taking the second 6-5.  Corey Mullen, Tyler Havlena and Brendon Watt were the key hitters for Abbott, while Thomas McAdams pitched a complete game in the night fixture. The team is now a half-game back of Drummondville for the league lead, thanks to a 6-2 record. John Abbott closes out the season this week with four games, three of which are in the friendly confines of George Springate Park in Pierrefonds.


The John Abbott men’s and women’s cross country teams were in Laval for their meet this weekend. In the 8km men’s race, the Isles’ top two finishers were Akshay Grover and Shayne Snape. Grover crossed the line in 24th place with a time of 30:34, while Snape finished 33rd, less than a minute behind. For the ladies’ 5km run, Gabriella Morin had another strong showing, finishing in 20th position in 23:51. The next best Abbott runner was Domenique Renaud in 43rd place.

Mixed Results for Soccer Teams at Homecoming

The Isles played 2 double headers during homecoming weekend, first up on Friday were Dawson Blues followed by the Ahuntsic Indien(nes) on Sunday. Although controlling most of the game play against Dawson the women were only able to come away with a tie on the strength of Aline Adrienne’s goal. The men were also dominant holding a 2-0 lead with goals from Idris Mohammad Ashraf and Rashaan Williams. At the 80 minute mark the Isles seemed to lose focus and Dawson capitalized with 3 goals in 8 minutes to steal a 3-2 victory.

The quick turnaround saw the nationally ranked teams from Ahunstic come in on Sunday. The Indiennes ranked #2 in Canada were equally matched by the Isalnders squad who took the lead on a goal by Gabriela Bautista. Ahuntsic took advantage of the smallest lapse in concentration to score the equalizer and the game finished in a 1-1 tie. The men fought a back and forth battle taking the lead twice on goals by Alberto Correa and Collin Williams, only to see Ahunstic tie it up each time. It was a chippy affair with 6 yellows total and one ejection and neither team could find the winning goal. With the tie the men find themselves in sixth holding on to the last playoff spot.

Slow Start and Early Mistakes Prove Costly for Football

In the marquis event of Home Coming weekend the Isles faced off against the Outaouais Griffons, newly promoted to Division 2 for the 2016 season. Outaouais was out to show they belonged in the league and handed the Isles their second consecutive loss by a score of 28-23.

The Isles scored first on a rouge but then it was all Outaouais in the first half, taking a 14-1 lead into the locker room. The Griffons added another touchdown before the Isles finally found the end zone on a run by Kwame Osei. The Isles added a second major on a 65 yard catch and run by Liam Yeldon from Duncan Patterson to close the gap to 8 points late in the third quarter. The Griffons were chewing up time and built their lead to 11 by adding a field goal in the fourth. Qwintyn Rice brought the Isles to within 5 points with a 23 yard reception from Patterson with just over 2 minutes left in the game. The Isles defense held strong and got the ball back, but a last ditch effort fell short giving the Isles a 3-2 record.

Jobe Shines for Abbott in pre-season tournament

The women’s basketball team opened their exhibition season by winning three of four games at the 2016 Northeast Elite College Showcase held in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Islanders dropped their opening game Saturday afternoon to the Mass Honeybadgers 77-61. Aliyah Jobe led all scorers with 21 points. The Islanders bounced back later in the day when they rallied from a double-digit deficit to defeat the MT Elite Ducks 53-50. Jobe was top scorer again with 12 points, while Rikki Blumenfeld chipped in with 10 points. Sunday morning, the women downed the Albany Capitals 58-53, as Jobe tallied 13 while Annie Pollender and Zoe Arvanitis added nine points apiece to the winning cause. JAC finished the tourney with a solid 65-57 win over the North Central Blazers as Jobe and Pollender combined for 40 points. The ladies open the regular season at Edouard-Montpetit on Friday, October 7th.

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Men’s Soccer Earn First Points of Season

Men’s Soccer faced defending Provincial Champs and nationally ranked Collège Ahuntsic on the road and left with a scoreless draw. The Islanders played a very disciplined game and created a lot of frustration for the home side.  Captain and goalkeeper Thomas Harwood kept the Islanders in the game and secured a clean-sheet. The tie provided the Islanders a valuable point on the road against a top team in the country.

On Sunday, the Islanders faced Montmorency and got their first win of the season. Both teams were evenly matched, but 20 minutes into the second-half Daryus Lattimore took advantage of a defensive mistake and headed the ball over the keeper to give the Islanders a 1-0 lead. After a penalty kick tied the game, Hassan Lansari confidently converted a free kick at the edge of the box to put the Isles ahead for good. The team is now in fifth position in the division.

Flag Football’s Defense Perfect in Opening Weekend

John Abbott’s Flag Football team relied on a stingy defense to win their first two games of the season over the weekend. The Isles dominated both their matchups, taking out Joliette 38-0, and then returning home to Memorial Field to beat St-Laurent 36-0. Quarterback Andy Hevia threw for nearly 700 yards between the two games to go along with ten touchdown passes. Her favorite target was Amy Hughes, who caught three of those touchdown passes. On defense, the Islanders were led by Chloe Hamelin in the first game, with two interceptions, while in the second, Jessica Gosselin had two picks and seven deflags. The Isles are sitting atop their division thanks to their 2-0 record.

Men’s Volleyball off to Great Start

The Isles have served notice that they will be a team to contend with in the league this year. In an invitational tournament at Edouard Montpetit featuring teams from all over the province, the Isles went undefeated, not even dropping a set on their way to claiming the championship banner. They beat teams from Brebeuf, Victoriaville, Marianopolis, St Jerome, Edouard Montpetit and Drummondville.

This year’s team features 6 starters who were with the team last year as they finished tied for 7th at provincials. Captain Tyler Tweedie-Smith stabilized the reception and allowed setter Simon Dufour to run a high paced and efficient offence. Four hitters reached double digits in kills with Justin Pemberton leading the way with 34, Markus Nitka added 30 while leading the team in plus/minus. Jacob Lopez had 16 kills with two highlight reel shots that knocked over two defenders, he also led the defense with 13 stuff blocks. Massimo Di Clemente was the most efficient hitter at 91% recording 19 kills and adding 10 stuff blocks.

The regular season action kicks off on October 16th in St Jerome.

Baseball Team on Both Ends of Mercy Rule Games

The John Abbott baseball team dropped their first game of the season on Friday, losing 13-2 to Collège Ahuntsic. One doesn’t have to look far to explain the Islanders’ loss – five pitchers combined to issue 20 walks before the five-inning mercy rule came into effect. Mikael Fournier was the only Islander to earn a RBI; the other run was on an error.

Motivated to recover from their first loss, John Abbott crushed André-Laurendeau 17-0. Thomas McAdams pitched a five-inning complete game shutout, while Brendon Watt had four hits, including a long three-run homer. The Islanders are now tied for first place with a 4-1 record.

Football Loses Thriller to Valleyfield

The John Abbott football team dropped its first game of the season, losing to the Valleyfield Noir & Or by the score of 34-31.

The home side jumped out to a 14-0 lead, the Isles fought back to get to within one point. From that instance on, the teams were never separated by more than a touchdown. The Islanders’ defense had an uncharacteristically off game, giving up nearly 600 yards to the Noir & Or. Defensive back Nick Paliotti made a huge play at the end of the first half, intercepting a pass in his own end zone to save a touchdown. This came only a few drives after Jacob Bernett got a pick of his own – his second consecutive game with an interception.

Valleyfield was by far the most physical team John Abbott has played to date. On offense, the team struggled in the red zone. Twice they found themselves inside the ten yard line, and came away with only three points. The Islanders also had trouble establishing their running game, which has been excellent up to this point in the season.

The football team is now 3-1, in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the division. They will get the chance to play one of the teams they are deadlocked with when they take on Outaouais on Saturday, September 24 at 1 pm at Memorial Field in the annual Homecoming Game.

Lacrosse Stumbles in Weekend Double Dip

The Islanders had a hard fought weekend, but ultimately came up empty-handed in two road games. The Isles lost a close one to the Saint-Hyacinthe Laureats 9-7 on Saturday, before dropping one to the Dawson College Blues the next day by a score of 10-3. The team will have two weeks of hard practice to refocus and work on their systems ahead of their next game.

Cross-Country Opens up Year at McGill

The men’s and women’s cross country teams started off their season at the McGill Invitational. The highlight was Camille Dumont’s excellent run in the ladies’ 4K. Dumont placed 7th out of her competitors and 26th overall, beating numerous seasoned university runners. Her teammate, Gabrielle Morin, placed 25th among her competitors, helping John Abbott finish 6th out of 16 teams.

On the men’s side, Shayne Snape finished 28th, just three places ahead of his teammate Tim MacLeod. The men ended up 9th out of 15 teams.

Women’s Hockey Splits Game at Tournament

The women’s hockey team had a successful tournament over the weekend in Stoney Creek, Ontario. The fabled tournament attracts the best teams from all around North America, and the Islanders held their own. John Abbott won both of their games on the first day, beating the Ottawa Jr. Lady Senators 2-1 and shutting-out Balmoral Hall 3-0. The competition got stiffer on the Saturday, as the Isles struggled against talented teams from the Provincial Women’s Hockey League. They lost 6-1 to Oakville and 3-0 to Aurora, before rebounding to tie Brampton 2-2. It was a great experience for the players, as numerous CIS and NCAA schools had representatives and the tournament.

Women’s Rugby Start Off with a Bang

The John Abbott Women’s rugby team kicked off the 2016 season with an impressive 67-0 win over Champlain St-Lambert.  With five rookies getting on the scoreboard, and many of them playing an important role on the team, it looks good for the future of the team.  Leading the offence were Sophie Van Horne & DJ El-Tayar with 2 tries each.  Lauren Minns, Catherine Daignault, Emma Bragg, Jamie Dollimore, Samantha Popovich, Gracia Mampuya & Tyra Marley each adding singles.  Sophie Van Horne also added 6 conversions.

Other results

Men’s Rugby 60-0 win over Champlain St Lambert

Women’s Soccer 3-1 loss to Ahunstic

Golfers Phil Morgan and Malcolm Fava tied for 8th in the second league tournament shooting 76.

Women’s Volleyball tied for 9th out of 18 teams at Lynx Invitational CEGEP tournament.

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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.

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Isles’ Defense Prevails in Tough Game with Sherbrooke

The John Abbott College Islanders relied on some stellar defensive play, while doing just enough offensively to take down the Sherbrooke Volontaires Saturday night in Sherbrooke. The excellent defensive performance was capped off by linebacker Anthony Hall registering 5.5 tackles and a sack.

While conceding 16 points may not constitute an ‘excellent’ performance, in this case, the numbers lie. The only points scored from scrimmage by the Volontaires came on the second play of the game, when they scored a 70-yard receiving touchdown.

“I’m standing there, we’re two plays in and we’re already down seven,” said Islanders’ head coach Patrick Gregory. “I’m just thinking to myself, ‘damn.’ From that point on we were in complete control defensively.”

Seven Isles recorded tackles for loss, while Josh Campbell, A.J. Fields and Hall each had a sack. The only other score for Sherbrooke was an interception return by Frédéric Beaulieu in the second quarter.

The Islanders once again split reps at quarterback between rookie Jack Zergiotis and Matt Lamorte. The two combined for 264 yards through the air, with receiver Corey Williams being the preferred target. Williams racked up 142 receiving yards on only four catches, also adding a touchdown.

There are three 2-0 teams left in the RSEQ Division Two, all of whom reached the semi-finals last season. John Abbott, Lionel-Groulx and Valleyfield are separated by point differential.

The Cunningham’s Pub Player of the Game was fullback Olivier Quinn. Occupying an unsung role on the team, Quinn caught a touchdown pass, while also throwing a number of key blocks.

The Islanders (2-0) will be back in action next week at Memorial Field on the John Abbott campus. The Lanaudière Triades (0-2) will be in town, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 10.

Tough start for the soccer teams

On Friday night under the lights the Isles soccer season opened against the St Lambert Cavaliers. The women started things off but fell behind quickly letting Champlain score only 5 minutes in. Aline Adrienne-Florine was able to pull the Isles even in the 26th minute only to see Champlain re-take their lead a minute later. The Cavaliers held on the rest of the game to take the game 2-1.

The men’s team also played Champlain and lost 1-0. Both Isles team hope to bounce back en route to qualifying for the provincials which will be hosted at JAC the weekend of October 29th/30th.

Isles in action this week

League Date Time Visitor Home
Football 2016-09-10 19:30 Lanaudière John Abbott
Baseball 2016-09-10 20:00 John Abbott Drummondville
Golf 2016-09-10 09:00 @ Lorette Golf Tournament
Lacrosse 2016-09-11 14:00 Ch.-Lennoxville John Abbott
M Rugby 2016-09-11 16:00 John Abbott Marianopolis

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Islanders Ground Condors in Season Opener

The John Abbott Islanders opened their 2016 campaign with an impressive 51-3 victory over the Beauce-Appalaches Condors. Three Abbott quarterbacks combined for 250 yards through the air, while A.J. Fields paced the defense with five tackles to send a rowdy Memorial Field crowd home happy.

Head coach Patrick Gregory, said he wasn’t surprised by the week one victory, but the score line did catch him a bit off guard.

The Islanders pounced on the Condors early and often. Their first points came via a safety, with the defense pinning the visitors in their own end. The defensive dominance would become a familiar tune as the night progressed, with seven tackles for loss being recorded by Islanders.

The game was defined on the ground. Abbott backs Malcolm Weekes, Kwame Osei and Tabari Yearwood each had a touchdown and accounted for the majority of the 320 team rushing yards. Meanwhile, the Condors could only account for 101 total yards, most of which were accumulated through a long pass completion towards the end of the contest. John Abbott gave up more yards on punt returns than on offense.

Looking ahead, the Islanders will travel to play the Sherbrooke Volontaires next week at 19h30. The Isles will be back at Memorial Field to play the Lanaudrère Triades on Sept 10th at 19h30 and  as always, entrance is free for John Abbott students and staff.

The Cunningham’s Pub Players of the Game were running back Kwame Osei and defensive lineman A.J. Fields. Osei had his way on the ground, with 92 rushing years and two touchdowns. Fields anchored a solid defensive line, recording 5.5 tackles and a sack.

Hockey Team Holds Their Own vs. St. Laurent

The John Abbott women’s hockey team put up a good fight Friday night, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to put a scare into the St. Laurent Patriotes. Although the final score was 3-2, it was an encouraging sign for the Islanders against last year’s playoff semi-finalists.

Julia D’Alleva and Juliana Classen were the goal scorers, with Hailey Burns notching an assist. Goaltender Aube Racine made 19 saves, taking the loss.

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The Great 8th

The swim team came back from Drummondville with their 8th consecutive combined championship. On the strength of the men’s championship over Outaouais and the ladies second place finish to Maisonneuve, the Isles outclassed the second place Maisonneuve Vikings by a combined 107 points.

The Isles had 21 individual medals (8 Gold, 11 Silver, 2 Bronze) in addition to 4 relay medals (3 Gold, 1 Silver). 6 swimmers came back with multiple individual medals – Jonathan Wong, Nathalie Paquin, Etienne Genesse-Grenier, Jonathan Salama-Siroishka, Frederick Foccroulle-Bussieres, Caroline Di Vita.

This is a first CEGEP championship for head coach David Emory and assistant Nick Tatigan who hope to continue the winning tradition next year!

Tough opponents and tough losses for Men’s Volleyball

With 5 out of 7 rookies starting for the Isles it was going to be a tough road at Provincials, especially facing the #1 seed from the North-East, Levis Lauzon in their first match. The Isles came out strong but just could not seem to catch a defensive break. They traded sideouts until the very end, but came up short 21-25 and 13-25.

The now must win game against #3 ranked Rimouski saw the Isles come out and play their best game of the year, exploding to a 25-14 first set win. However momentum seemed to switch sides as the Pionniers came back with a 14-25 win of their own. In the third and decisive set the Isles got caught on too many unforced errors while Rimouski made only one. The final saw the Isles lose 11-15.

Leading in kills was Justin Pemberton with 15, followed by Markus Nitka with 13. Graduating captain Jonny Diamond left it all on the court with 8 kills and 3 blocks. Player of the day went to libero Tyler Tweedie-Smith for his relentless play, effort and enthusiasm.

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Men’s Volleyball take 4th place at conference championship earning a spot at provincials

Coming in as the 4th seed the Isles got upset in their quarter final game against St Lambert losing 25-15, 24-26, 8-15. Now they were faced with 2 must win games to earn a provincial spot. The Isles stepped up to the challenge and beat Marianopolis 25-21, 25-19 and Montmorency 25-20, 25-19. Meeting their primary goal of advancing to the next round, the Isles would now play Brebeuf for the conference bronze medal. Some sloppy play and fatigue seemed to haunt the Isles as they lost 18-25, 22-25.

Rookie Markus Nitka had his best tournament of the year with 23 kills, a +11 rating and a 2.0 SRR. Justin Pemberton was named to the tournament all-star team with 17 kills, 13 coming in the two must win games. Jonny Diamond and Simon Dufour led the block party with 8 and 7 respectively. Tyler Tweedie Smith had some key serving leading to 4 aces.

The Isles will play Levis Lauzon in the provincial quarter final on April 2nd in Drummondville. The consensus seems to be if the Isles can keep a positive outlook and play their style of volleyball and cut down on the unforced errors they should come back with some provincial hardware!

Women’s Hockey season ends with a playoff loss

With Dawson up 1-0 in the best of three quarter final series, the Isles faced Dawson in a must win game. The team played one of their best games of the season leaving everything on the ice and working extremely well together. Despite their great performance, Dawson managed to score two early goals in the first period putting the Isles on their heels. Pushing for every advantage the Isles found themselves in penalty trouble, leading to Dawson’s third goal puting the game out of reach. The last game being the best of the season, gives the women’s team a lot of hope for next year.

Islander Athletes of the Week:

Markus Nitka had his best tournament of the year for the men’s volleyball when the team needed him the most. 23 kills and an excellent serve receive ratio helping set up the offence for his teammates.