For the second year in a row, the Islanders’ bid to hoist the RSEQ Championship Trophy has been dashed by the reigning champion Noir et Or of Collège de Valleyfield. The Islanders fell behind 21-0 early in the second quarter before putting a touchdown on the scoreboard just before halftime to go into the locker room down 21-6. However, a dominating Valleyfield running game chewed up the second half not allowing the league’s number one rated John Abbott offence to become untracked. Final score: Valleyfield 35 John Abbott 13.
Swim power in numbers
After a second place finish at the first meet of the year, The JAC swim team came back with a vengeance for meet #2 at Bois du Boulogne. The men came out on top with 372 points, 100+ points ahead of 2nd place Outaouais. While the women finished 3rd behind strong St Jerome and Outaouais teams. Luckily combined points of 616 was more than enough to take the combined 1st place.
Points leaders where Veterans Patrick baker (1st in 50 back & 50 fly), Allison Kis (2nd in 100 fee & 50 Fly), and Richard Fattouh (3rd in 100 IM & 100 Breast). Along with rookie Jonah Smith (3rd in 50 back & 50 Fly). Great results were also had by all 6 relay teams (Women 2nd & 9th, Men 3rd, 5th, 8th , & 10th)
The team put forward a new game plan and players in new positions for the second ranking tournament of the year. After an opening set loss to Edouard Montpetit 25-19 the Isles rattled off 7 straight wins (25-23, 25-21 over Edouard Montpetit, 25-20, 25-16, 25-14 over Marianopolis and 25-20, 29-27 over St Jerome) to lock up first place in the pool and a ticket back to section A. The final set of the day saw the team let up in a meaningless game to lose 25-21 to St Jerome.
Despite a sub-par day on service reception setter Nolan Beauchamp was able to make effective use of his middles; Eric Poliseno notched 24 kills, and 11 blocks and Alec Sauvageau had 12 kills and 11 blocks. Rookie power Joshua Besner led the day on kills with 26 once he finally found his swing. Everyone was able to see significant court time and make a contribution to the team`s overall success on the day.
In two weeks the Isles will be in action for the last time this semester with yet another new look as roster additions and healed injuries will come into play. The team currently sits 4th in the overall RSEQ southwest rankings.
Hockey posts two crucial road wins
Friday night at longtime rival Dawson, JAC took an early first period lead with a goal from Hailey Burns. Dawson evened the score by the end of the first period. The Islanders came out flying in the second period scoring 4 goals with Annabel Faubert, Sydney Berta (2) and Kim Menard lighting the lamp post. Three third period goals by the Blues were not enough as the Islanders hung on for a 5-4 victory.
On Saturday in Boucherville, the Islanders faced an Édouard-Montpetit team undefeated in regulation time. The Lynx opened the scoring in the 2nd period with the Islanders replying 2 minutes later with Sydney Berta scoring her third goal of the weekend. Audrey Gervais scored the game winning goal with two minutes to go in the game. Taking a pass from defence partner Andi Calderone, Gervais sizzled one of her signature wrist shots from the blue line into the top right hand corner of the net giving the Islanders the victory. Laurie Hachez sealed the deal with a last minute empty net goal. Goaltender Victoria Bakopanos was outstanding in the Islanders net making 23 saves including 2 breakaways.
Men’s basketball comes up short
In a Sunday afternoon matinee, the Islanders and came up on the short end of a 78-72 score against the Champlain St-Lambert Cavaliers. The Islanders fought hard in the fourth quarter to cut into a game long Cavaliers lead but could not sustain the momentum in the final minutes of the game. Poor free-throw shooting (16 for 30) was the achilles’ heel leading to the Islanders’ defeat. Donovan Allen-Beckles led all Islanders in scoring with 20 points. Hakeem Shaw-Campbell added 18 points and Tyrell Williams 10 points to the Abbott cause.
Women’s basketball split weekend games
The women’s basketball team split a pair of games this weekend, dropping an 80-58 decision to the first-place St. Jean Géants Friday before rebounding with a solid 80-56 victory over Maisonneuve Sunday afternoon.
In the St. Jean game, the Islanders Ana Mendes led all scorers with 17 points before fouling out while Zoe Arvanitis chipped. In Sunday’s win Arvanitis exploded with a 25 point performance while Mendes had a great all-round game with 14 points, 18 rebounds and four assists. Girlie Owusu netted 16 and Kaylee Williams scored 10 points to round out the double figure scorers for the Islanders
All final scores are available at http://www.sportetudiant-stats.com/ Teams are either in the Provincial leagues or the “Ligues Sud-Ouest” pull-down menu.
Fri Nov 23 18h30 &19h45 WVB + MVB vs GMAA All-Stars
Fri Nov 23 19h20 W Hockey vs Édouard-Montpetit
Fri Nov 23 19h30 WBB vs Ahuntsic
Fri Nov 23 21h00 MBB at Vanier College
Sun Nov 25 9h00 Cheer at Kick’s Competition St-Jean Vianney
Sun Nov 25 15h00 MBB at Édouard-Montpetit College