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Ravens get first victory of their second incarnation

Carleton Ravens version 2.0 got its first win since returning to Ontario University Athletics Monday, defeating the Waterloo Warriors 33-14 in Waterloo.

The Ravens, winless in their maiden season last year after a 15-year hiatus, scored the only 10 points of the first quarter and led 12-11 at halftime.

After Caleb Girard’s 16-yard field goal late in the third quarter cut Waterloo’s deficit to 18-14, it took Carleton just 49 seconds to respond, as Marley Patterson and quarterback Jesse Mills connected on a 10-yard touchdown pass that restored the lead to 11 points.

Mills finished the game 11-for-22 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Jahvari Bennett rushed 15 times for the Ravens for 120 yards. He also made three catches for 69 yards amid Carleton’s 510 yards of total offence.

In other games on the opening day of the Canadian university football season, the Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the York Lions 51-7, the McMaster Marauders downed the Guelph Gryphons 34-27 in overtime, the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks beat the Toronto Blues 53-17 and the Queen’s Golden Gaels prevailed over the Windsor Lancers 39-30.

Playing at home, Ottawa scored 24 points in the second quarter to break open a 10-3 game. The Gee-Gees finished with 591 yards of total offence, while the Lions were held to just 53 yards rushing. The rout might have been more thorough but for 20 penalties that cost the Gee-Gees 170 yards.

Oddly, York possessed the ball for five more minutes than did the winners.

Ottawa quarterback Derek Wendel, the former Kingston Grenadier, completed 24 of 26 passes for 341 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. Seven of those passes, for 122 yards, went to Nick Dagher; another was a 73-yard scoring play to former Sydenham Golden Eagle Ben Fisher.

Mack Tommy had 105 yards rushing from 15 carries. Former Bayridge Blazer Lewis Ward kicked field goals of 42, 30 and 12 yards for the Gee-Gees; his 42-yarder being a career-best boot.

Playing before a crowd of more than 5,200 in Hamilton, Guelph led 24-9 late in the third quarter before the Marauders mounted their comeback. McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson completed it with a 33-yard touchdown pass to Max Cameron with 2:34 left in the fourth quarter.

Ferguson threw to former Frontenac Secondary School teammate Ben O’Connor for the two-point convert that tied the score 27-27.

Ferguson then scored the winning touchdown on a nine-yard run in overtime, and the McMaster defence denied Guelph in its subsequent possession to secure the win.

Ferugson completed 29 of his 46 pass attempts for 303 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. O’Connor caught five of those balls for 65 yards.

Rob Farquharson carried the football 21 times for Guelph, gaining 143 yards, while quarterback Jazz Lindsey was just 14-for-30 for 195 yards. A’dre Fraser had six receptions for 103 yards.

The big play lifted Laurier over the Varsity Blues in Monday night’s game in Toronto. Hawks quarterback James Fracas threw touchdown passes of 46 yards to Marcus Arkarakas and 66 yards to Greg Nyhof, and Dillon Campbell ran for touchdowns of 74 and 98 yards.

Laurier finished the game with 567 yards of offence, 293 of it coming along the ground from Campbell. Fracas completed 17 of 24 passes for 256 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Hawks led 17-0 seven and a half minutes into the game but the Blues closed to 27-17 at halftime. Laurier scored 26 unanswered points in the second half.

Simon Nassar was 16-for-28 for Toronto for 234 yards and no interceptions. Former Queen’s Golden Gael Aaron Gazendam, a Holy Cross Secondary School grad about to begin medical school at Toronto, punted 10 times for a 39.1-yard average.

Gaels open season with come-from-behind win at Windsor

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

WINDSOR—Queen’s Golden Gaels didn’t score a point in the third quarter Monday afternoon. They lost ground on three of their five running plays and they had just three first downs, never more than one in a series.

And yet, that’s precisely when they won the football game.

Some superb defensive play in the third quarter turned the tide of the match, and the Gaels came from behind to defeat the Windsor Lancers 39-30 in the Ontario University Athletics season opener for each team.

The period did not start well for the Gaels, who placed some gems and some lumps of coal in front of their coaches in the first 30 minutes of the game. They led 15-0 after the first quarter, fell behind when Windsor scored three touchdowns in the second, then regained the lead with a touchdown in the final minute of the first half.

Having won the coin toss and deferred their choice to the second half, the Gaels opted to play with a very strong wind at their backs in the fourth quarter. That left the Queen’s defence with the task of keeping the game close in the third quarter, when the wind favoured the Lancers.

It was a daunting prospect for a young defence, one that had given up 23 points when Windsor played with the wind in the second quarter. The outlook grew more grim when the Lancers scored the first time they had the ball, to retake the lead at 30-24.

Then a remarkable thing happened.

Despite all the indicators that suggested the Gaels’ defence might go south, it instead came to life. They got into the Lancers’ backfield, chased quarterback Austin Kennedy, sacked him three times, prevented him from completing a pass for more than 15 minutes and forced Windsor to punt on four straight possessions. Three of those series were two-and-out; altogether the Lancers gained 19 yards in 10 plays—but lost 26 on the three sacks.

The Gaels didn’t just neutralize the Lancers; they neutralized the wind.

“We didn’t really know what they were doing,” Lancers coach Joe D’Amore said. “(They have) a new defensive coordinator, and (Greg Marshall) has been around a long time. He mixed it up really well. He made a lot of changes. What he showed us in the first half, he didn’t show us in the second half.

“We had to score at least 14 points in the third quarter (but) we had two or three series where it was a debacle out there. There was a sack, there were personnel issues, guys who don’t know where to line up. We were trying to build a lead so if they did get a big play we’d still have the lead but we weren’t able to generate that and they came back and made some plays.”

Indeed, the Gaels scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to regain the lead for good, as Billy McPhee connected with Peter Hannon and Doug Corby for touchdowns of 11 and 55 yards six minutes apart.

With the wind playing such a prominent role in the game—ultimately, all but nine of the 69 points in the game were scored by a team playing with the wind at its back—Queen’s coach Pat Sheahan hoped to weather the storm in the third quarter to be in position to win the game in the fourth.

“I felt that if we could play ping-pong with them in the third quarter we’d have a significant wind in the fourth. Even though we didn’t score any points we went back and forth over the mid-line. They didn’t get close, save for the one score.

“We were mixing up it a little better and I think that our kids took a deep breath and there were a few big plays. We got after them, had a couple of sacks … and I thought that gave our kids a lot of confidence going into the fourth.”

Badly needed confidence, he might have added.

Queen’s dressed six freshmen on defence. There were four players starting for the first time. “We’ve been in shootouts down here before but to get in one with a whole new group of kids?” Sheahan mused. The unspoken question, of course, was how such a young, inexperienced group would respond to an opponent scoring on four of five possessions, knowing there’s still 13 minutes left to defend against the wind that had played no small role in their having done so.

As it turns out, they responded splendidly.

“We have great leaders,” said Gaels linebacker Luke McQuilkin. “Derek Wiggan and Yann Dika (-Balotoken), they really led the morale of the defence, talking the rookies down, getting us all to settle down, keep our heads up and keep talking.”

“It’s easy when you get scored on to stop talking, put your head down, not communicate. They kept our heads up and forced the communication that keeps everyone on the same page.”

For instance, McQuilkin said, there was an interception late in the game by freshman corner Jason Shamatutu. “(Windsor) motioned into a certain formation, we had to call an auto,” McQuilkin said. “By making sure he knew the call, that the whole defence knew the call, he could just sit there and make a play.”

The calming influence of the veteran players led the Gaels to surrender not a point in the final 28 minutes of the game.

“We had some breakdowns,” McQuilkin said, “but you can’t get mad at teammates. You get frustrated and you get a little upset in your head, but you’ve just got to try and pick them up. And instead of yelling at them and discouraging them, pick them up, say, ‘Hey you’ve just got to be here,’ speak to them softly instead of autocratically.”

One thing the Gaels did was rotate players in and out of the lineup. “It gave us more stamina,” defensive lineman Natu Myers said, adding the big plays helped everyone’s confidence.

“The DBs are pretty young and when they started to get that confidence, they started to forget how young they are. They just got in there and made plays.”

“They never quit,” Sheahan said. “Some of our inexperience cost us a few points at different times but some of our athleticism came through at the end. That’s the process of learning.”

Queen’s first touchdown came in the game’s 10th minute on a two-yard run by Jesse Andrews on third-and-goal. The second came on a tremendous 12-play, a 75-yard drive that consumed almost all of the final three minutes of the first half. The two crucial plays were a 29-yard completion from McPhee to Corby immediately after the Gaels were called for an illegal block and objectionable conduct on the same play, setting up second-and-25 near midfield. The second was a 13-yard completion to Curtis Carmichael on third-and-seven from the Windsor 34-yard line to keep the drive going.

Alex Carroll made a splendid catch in the end zone for the score with less than 15 seconds on the clock.

Notebook: Queen’s young offensive linemen played a fine game. Though five plays went for no gain or a loss, the Gaels averaged 5.1 yards on their 35 carries, and McPhee was not sacked. … McPhee’s numbers might have appeared ordinary—17-for-35, for 259 yards—but after a 4-for-13 start he completed 13 of his next 19 attempts (68 per cent) and he did not throw an interception. … The Gaels could have done more with Windsor’s three turnovers. A first-quarter fumble ended with a missed 31-yard field goal; in the final three minutes of the game, the Lancers gave Queen’s two glorious opportunities to kill the clock but after first another fumble and then after Shamatutu’s interception, the Gaels were two and out, having killed barely 20 seconds each time. … Wamsley’s kicking was, in Sheahan’s words, “borderline sensational.” He averaged 41 yards per punt—an average 32 yards on kicks into the wind. “He hit every big punt we needed to make and his kickoffs were exceptional,” Sheahan said. “There’s no question our kicking game was superior today. He’s a very capable player and he did a good job.” Wamsley’s biggest contribution may have come after Corby’s touchdown, Queen’s second of the fourth quarter. He sent the subsequent kickoff through the end zone on a bounce for a single point, giving the Gaels a nine-point lead that meant Windsor had to score twice to get ahead. … Kennedy, Windsor’s fifth-year quarterback, had a fine game, completing 25 of 41 attempts for 393 yards. Evan Pszczonak had seven catches for 187 yards, including a 90-yard touchdown on the Lancers’ first offensive play of the second quarter. “Kennedy’s still elusive, he’s a great player, a real competitor, a real pain in the neck, actually,” Sheahan said, “but we slowed him down enough.” … The Gaels open at home Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium, hosting the Ottawa Gee-Gees at 1 o’clock.

 

Gaels 39 Windsor 30

First Quarter

Qns—FG, Wamsley 24 6:09

Qns—Andrews 2 run (Wamsley convert) 9:14

Qns—Safety, Malandruccolo concedes 10:44

Qns—FG, Wamsley 37 13:42

Second Quarter

Wsr—TD, Pszczonak 90 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo convert) 3:27

Wsr—TD, Whitfield 11 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo convert) 6:33

Wsr—Single, Malandruccolo 67 kickoff 6:33

Qns—Safety, Malandruccolo concedes 9:54

Wsr—TD, Lumley 32 run (Kennedy pass to Whitfield for two-point convert) 12:12

Qns—TD, Carroll 8 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 14:45

Third Quarter

Wsr—TD,Pszczonak 40 pass from Kennedy (Malandruccolo conv erty) 2:07

Fourth Quarter

Qns—TD, Hannon 11 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 4:18

Qns—TD, Corby 55 pass from McPhee (Wamsley convert) 10:23

Qns—Single, Wamsley 85 kickoff 10:23

Queen’s          15       9          0          15       —        39

Windsor         0          23       7          0          —        30

Attendance (Windsor)—1,000.

Statistics

            Qns     Wsr

First downs    23       25

Yards rushing                        179     171

Yards Passing                        259     393

Total offence         438     502

Passes made-tried    17-35 26-41

Interceptions by        1          0

Fumbles-fumbles lost           0-0      2-2

Punts-average yards            11-41 9-36

Penalties-total yards 11-100           7-57

NOTE—Total offence equals yards rushing plus yards passing minus team losses such as yards lost on broken plays.

Individual Statistics

Rushing

Queen’s—Andrews 16 carries for 93 yards, 1 TD; Pataki 14-56, Carmichael 2-27, McPhee 3-3.

Windsor—Lumley 14-115, 1 TD; Kennedy 6-36, Applewhaite 3-15, Vincent 2-5.

Passing

Queen’s—McPhee completed 17 for 35 for 259 yards, 3 TDs.

Windsor—Kennedy 26-41, 393 yards, 3 TDs, one interception.

Receiving

Queen’s—Corby 5 for 125 yards, 1 TD; Hannon 5-42, 1 TD; Carmichael 3-44, Carroll 2-25, 1 TD; Zulys 1-19, Del Brocco 1-4.

Windsor—Pszczonak 7-187, 2 TDs; McEwen 4-60, Stewart 4-46, Whitfield 3-33, 1 TD; Lumley 3-30, Grace 3-29, Gaynor 1-6, Applewhaite 1-2.

Punting

Queen’s—Wamsley 11 for 455 yards, avg. 41.4, longest 59,

Windsor—Malandroccolo 9-326, avg. 36.2, longest 51.

Interceptions

By Queen’s—Shamatutu.

By Windsor—None.

Quarterback Sacks

By Queen’s—Wiggan, Broodo, Spataro.

By Windsor—None.

 

 

Gaels win both soccer season openers

Looking like she’d never been away, Jackie Tessier scored three goals in the first half to lead the Queen’s Golden Gaels to a 6-0 win over the Royal Military College Paladins Sunday night in the opening game of the Ontario University Athletics women’s soccer season for both teams.

Tessier, a three-time all-Canadian who did not play for the Gaels last year, needed just four minutes to score the first goal of her return. She scored again six minutes later and again in the game’s 39th minute.

Playing at RMC, the Gaels took a staggering 38 shots on beseiged RMC goalkeeper Alexandra Hogg, last year’s conference rookie of the year. Madison Tyrell made nine saves for the shutout in the Queen’s goal.

Tara Bartram, with two, and Regiopolis Notre Dame grad Brittany Almeida scored the other goals for Queen’s, which will host Laurentian in its home opener Saturday at noon on Miklas-McCarney Field.

  • In the men’s game Sunday, rookie striker Jacob Schroeter scored twice as Queen’s blanked RMC 5-0. Tommy Hong opened scoring in the game’s 11th minute and the score stayed that way until the game’s 64th minute. The Gaels, who scored on every shot they put on net in the second half, scored four times in the final 26 minutes of the game.

Tonko Bacelic also scored twice for the Gaels in the opening game of the season for both teams. His goals came 45 seconds apart late in the second half. Queen’s goalkeeper Taylor Reynolds, a Kingston Collegiate grad, had to make just two saves to post the shutout.

The Gaels resume play Wednesday afternoon when they will host the Carleton Ravens at 2 o’clock at Miklas-McCarney Field.

Kingston man scores in losing effort at President’s Cup

Tim Bergin scored a goal Sunday but it wasn’t enough to help the Kahnawake Mohawks to the bronze medal at the President’s Cup lacrosse tournament.

The Mohawks spotted the St. Albert Miners a three-goal first-period lead and they could never quite catch up as the Rocky Mountain league champions defeated Kahnawake 7-5 in the game for third place at the Canadian senior B championship in Nanaimo, B.C.

Bergin’s goal late in the second period lifted the Mohawks to within 5-4 but Kahnawake could never tie the score.

A charter member of the Kingston Cavaliers juniors playing in a national-championship tournament for the third year in a row, Bergin had seven goals in eight tournament games and his 14 points tied for third-best on the Kahnawake team.

Bergin plays for the Ottawa Axemen and was added by the Quebec champions for the seven-team national competition.

Kahnawake had the best record in the preliminary round, 5-1, but the Mohawks were defeated 6-4 by the Ontario champion Six Nations Rivermen in the semifinals. When they met previously the Mohawks had defeated St. Albert 9-6 in the final game of the round robin.

Onondaga Redhawks defeated Six Nations 9-7 in the gold-medal game Sunday night.

Tim Bergin draws assist in losing effort at President’s Cup tournament

Kahnawake Mohawks will play for the bronze medal Sunday at the President’s Cup national senior B lacrosse championship at Nanaimo, B.C.

The Mohawks were defeated 8-4 by the Six Nations Rivermen Saturday in the semifinals of the seven-team tournament. Kingston’s Tim Bergin had an assist for the Mohawks, who finished the preliminary round atop the standings with a 5-1 record.

Their only defeat in the round robin was a 9-8 loss to the Nations, who finished 4-2 and claimed the final berth in the playoff round.

Kahnawake, representing the Quebec senior league, led 2-1 when Ontario champion Six Nations scored twice in the final 48 seconds of the first period. Then followed four unanswered goals in the second period as the Rivermen took a 7-2 lead into the final 20 minutes.

Bergin, a member of the Ottawa Axemen who was added to the Kahnawake lineup for the championship, drew his assist on a power-play goal in the opening minute of the third period but the Mohawks could get no closer.

In its final preliminary game, Bergin scored the eventual game-winning goal and collected two assists as Kahnawake defeated the St. Albert Miners 9-6. St. Albert, of the Rocky Mountain league, also finished 4-2 in the round robin. The Miners are playing the Onondaga Redhawks of the Iroquois Lacrosse Association in Saturday night’s other semifinal.

 

Gaels happy to end training camp, even if it means going to Windsor

By CLAUDE SCILLEY

It may be necessary but it doesn’t quite fit anyone’s definition of fun.

“Training camp,” Queen’s Golden Gaels coach Pat Sheahan said Thursday, “sort of saps the life out of you.

“I’m sure the players would reiterate we’ve just about had enough of training camp. We’d like to get out there and get into the live action and into a more regular routine.”

After two weeks of practising twice a day, even the arduous bus trip to Windsor starts to look good and the Gaels will make it for the third time in the last four years this weekend to open the Ontario University Athletics football season against the Lancers.

Game time on Labour Day is 1 p.m.

At least this year’s camp had an exhibition game in the middle of it to break the tedium, and perhaps more importantly to provide some answers to the myriad questions facing the Gaels as they prepare to introduce as many as 25 new players into their lineup.

Sheahan said the 25-18 loss to the Concordia Stingers wasn’t his team’s best game—“if you win after having five turnovers, you’re extremely fortunate; there were some big play mistakes that obviously can’t make going forward”—but there were some things the Gaels did, he said, “very, very well.”

“The way we managed the hurry-up offence was nothing short of impressive,” said Sheahan, whose team moved the ball 96 yards in just under 40 seconds in the game’s final minute and had the game-tying touchdown pass knocked down in the end zone on the final play of the game. “It was a pretty high level of efficiency for this time in the season.”

He also spoke well of the play of the defensive line, eight rookies who nonetheless allowed the Stingers to score just 11 points.

“The force unit we put out there, they were puppies,” Sheahan said, “and they did an admirable job. We probably gave up a few more yards on the ground than we’re accustomed to but they did a really good job of not letting them into the end zone.

“It was encouraging to see our defence rally because we used a lot of guys. With the return of the seniors, I expect we’ll be a little tougher.”

That’s a hypothesis that will be put to the test Monday, when the Gaels face quarterback Austin Kennedy for the final time. The fifth-year Lancer, who already holds four school passing records and has been an all-star twice in the last three years, is still looking for his first victory over Queen’s.

That doesn’t mean the Gaels don’t respect his ability to think on the run and make plays where no one else on the field can see them.

“Oftentimes he’s at his best when the play breaks down,” Sheahan said. “He has the capacity to push the play to six or seven seconds and dump the ball off to somebody. It can be quite discouraging. He can also run the field to make plays. The defence has its challenges to get ready to play a kid like that.

“It’s an interesting team. They’ve got a lot of good athletes.”

Receiver Alex Carroll said you always expect a fight against Windsor.

“They’ve always been not quite what you expect them to be,” he said. “They’ve played us tough, going back a number of years.

“They’re a feisty team. They’re never going to give up, so if we get the opportunity to put them away early we have to put our foot on the pedal and not let up at all.”

Fellow receiver Curtis Carmichael recalled last year’s game, a 49-34 Queen’s victory, turned when Windsor fumbled a kickoff. The Gaels scored 14 points in a span of eight seconds to take command of what had been a four-point ball game.

“What happens on special teams is under-rated,” he said. “That play changed the atmosphere of the game. It’s a discouraging moment.

“If we can win the field position game with special teams, the game will be more in our favour, because I think our offence can move the ball better than they do.”

Jesse Andrews, the running back, characterized Windsor as “always a tough opponent.”

“They’re always hanging in there until the fourth quarter. They’re always a tough team to run against. Their linebackers flow nicely. In the Concordia game it seemed the new O line was able to get around the edge nicely, so hopefully they can carry that into the Windsor game.”

That kind of confidence in their younger teammates has the veteran Gaels believing the hardship for the dramatic turnover in personnel will be minimal.

“It’s always difficult to have older guys leave and have a new class come in,” said defensive back Brendan Morgan. “It kind of disrupts the chemistry in a way, but at the same time it’s exciting. You’ve got a group of new guys and you never know what kind of talent they bring.

“I was kind of worried (during the summer), but you trust in your recruiters and they did a good job. We have a lot of great guys. I’m not too worried right now.”

Carmichael said he never doubted the newly minted starters would be ready.

“They worked hard. The older guys, they had a lot of experience, but the new guys are a lot stronger and faster. I’ve trained with all the guys the last couple of summers, so I understand the physical aspect. The older guys, they had their spots and they were training hard, but the new guys were, ‘OK, this is our time,’ so they elevated their level of training. They’re ready to go.

“It was good to see how the O line was working (against Concordia). They were managing the pocket well and we were getting up the field. It was good to see we could get open, so I feel really confident in our offence.”

Morgan said it’s difficult, at times, to mentor young players while you’re trying to learn your own role, “but … these young guys, they look up to us and they’re our future, so if we don’t take care of them, who’s going to?”

“Andrew Lue, Matt Webster, those guys really looked out for me, helped me to understand the playbook. Playing defence was a new thing for me, so a lot of stuff went over my head. Those guys really made it easier and I was appreciative of that.

“The younger guys are starting to understand concepts and the kind of culture we’re trying to create here. All in all, they’re doing very well.”

Because of that, Carroll said, the inevitable divide between young and old is quickly melting away.

“Last year I felt a lot less of a leader and a go-to guy on the team, so it’s a new role for me and a new role for a lot of guys. We’ve had to change our approach, in terms of setting the example for the young guys and being the guys who are going to make the plays in the games.

“A lot of us crave that. We want to have our names in the paper, we want to be the guys who win games. In practice, that’s shown. We’ve done lots of situational drills and the chemistry on offence has really come together in the last week.”

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