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Islanders News – Nov 11th

Nov 11, 2019
Sports

Double double Rugby Gold!
On Sunday, the Women’s Rugby team capped off an undefeated season with a 29-12 victory over Dawson College. Despite a small error off the opening kickoff, the Islanders took control of the game early on, spending most of the first half in Dawson’s territory. The half time score was 12-7 on tries from Victoria Antoniadis and Nikita Murray.

The second half was much of the same as Abbott contained any offensive threats Dawson had, and exploited all their weaknesses. They extended their lead to 29-7 with tries from Sophie Neely and Ella Fodor, Nikita Murray was also good on 2 conversion kicks. Dawson, to their credit never gave up until the final whistle, and scored on the last play of the game to make the final score 29-12.

The Men’s team completed their perfect seasons with a 31-9 victory over the Vanier Cheetahs. This game was much closer than their 2 previous meetings this year. The Cheetahs new strategy had the Islanders on their heels for the first half. Nick Gagnon scored the first try of the game showing great anticipation and picking off a Vanier pass. The Cheetahs kept it close with 2 penalty kicks. As the game progressed the Islanders progressively established their dominance and physicality. The game ended just as the rain started to fall, but the Islander spirits could not be dampened!

Football off to the Bol d’Or for a 3rd consecutive year
Under the watchful gaze of an anxious crowd, Islanders went up against Les Filons de Thetford this past Saturday to determine who would reach the Bol D’Or. The game began with a short kick out of bounds from Les Filons, providing ideal field position for the Islander offense. All Star Mathieu Boudreau quickly took advantage of this, connecting with league offensive MVP back Elijah Williams, for a 36 yard touchdown. Keeping the pressure on the home team, Thetford managed to get into the Isles end zone, closing the first quarter with a 7-7 tie.

As the second quarter began, the Islander’s kept driving down the field. Fans cheered as Antoine Beauchamp pummeled the Thetford quarterback and kept the Isles’ momentum moving forward. Unrelenting, the Islanders completed a 42 yard field goal. As the clock ran down in the first half, the Islander’s recovered a Thetford fumble. Troy Lendvay converted the opportunity to with a 30-yard touchdown reception to end the half 17-7.

The beginning of the second half was filled with defensive power as the Abbott line prevented any forward movement by the visitors, save for a single point. All-star Ashton Miller-Mélançon had 2 picks on the day and a fumble recovery.

Head Coach Patrick Gregory had nothing but good things to say about the team’s semi-final victory: “We are very pleased by the effort from our group today. I loved how we competed and battled. We set a physical tone from the start against a physical group. We stopped their run and forced turnovers on defense and I thought Troy’s kicking and our special unit were game changers.”

The Bol d’Or will be played in Thetford this Friday at 19h00 against the Lynx of Édouard-Montpetit. The game will be webcast at www.boldor.ca The sports and recreation department is organizing a fan bus leaving at 14h30 on Friday. If you are interested contact Patrice Lemieux (patrice.lemieux@johnabbott.qc.ca).
Hockey shutout the Nordiques
Facing Cegep Lionel Groulx Friday night, the Islanders opened up the score late in the first period on a goal from Laurie Hachez. In the second period, the Islanders scored 3 more goals (Sydney Berta, Sena Catterall and Jamie Kyle) all assisted by Bianca Fodor. In the third period, the Islanders added 2 power play goals thanks to Sabrina Beaudoin and Oona Emmenegger. The shots total were 60-12, Sarah Vanier signing a shutout. It was a fifth consecutive win for the Islanders that now have a record of 9-3-1 in regular season play.

Women’s Basketball finding some late inspiration to beat Montmorency
It was a slow start to the game as the team faced an 11 point half time deficit, but a strong second half gave the Isles the 61-58 win over the Nomades on Sunday. The result keeps the Islanders undefeated in RSEQ Division 2 play. Emily Dias’ basket in the dying seconds of the game gave the Islanders a 59-58 lead and then Kaylee Williams iced the victory with a pair of free throws with 3 seconds left. Sofia Lytvyn-Male led Abbott with 16 points while Williams added 14 to the winning cause and Dias chipped in 12 points. The Islanders will host Heritage Friday night at 19h30 and then go on the road to play Ahuntsic Sunday.
Women’s Volleyball lacking some depth
In their 3rd tournament of the Islanders started off strong agasinst Lionel Groulx in their first matchup but missed serves at key times which led to close losses, 25-21, 25-23. Against rivals Dawson, the Islanders were getting into rhythm and won in straight sets by identical 25-20 scores. A straight sets loss to Montmorency 25-14, 25-15 set up a must win match against host Brebeuf to stay in section 2. The Isles lost the first set 13-25 but then came back strong in the 2nd set winning 25-19. In the third set, injuries and lack of depth caught up to a tired and overtaxed team leading to a 9-15 loss.
Notable showings on the day; captain Dominique Simoneau 12 digs, 46 assists, 7 Aces, 10 kills, rookies Kristina Del Paggio 13 kills, 5 serving aces and 19 digs, and Grace Keats 3 digs, 6 kills and 2 aces.

Men’s Basketball battle against Brebeuf
Last Friday night the men’s basketball team squared off against the 3rd place Brebeuf College, but came up short 79-69. It was a great game to watch, and the Isles fought the good fight staying within 3 points late in the 4th quarter. However, back-to-back 3 pointers by Brebeuf put the game out of reach

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