Sports in Brief: October 9, 2013

Golf team challenges Crowbush

The Mount Allison Men’s golf team went to the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) golf championships on October 5 and 6 looking to upset the Holland College Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are perennial ACAA champions, and are expected to come home with another title. 

The championship was hosted by the Hurricanes at The Links at Crowbush Cove, one of the tougher courses on Prince Edward Island. 

Mt. A was not successful in their attempt to beat Holland but finished third as a team, behind Holland College and St. Thomas University. Mt. A golfers were Zach Cahill who finished eleventh, Nate Garland at fourteenth, Ian Roberts twenty-third, and Stephen Buckley twenty-sixth, respectively. Holland golfer Eric Locke won the individual title shooting a 5-under-139 over the two days.

Heartbreak for Men’s Soccer Mounties

The Mount Allison Men’s Soccer Mounties were victims of a heartbreaker in their Atlantic University Sport matchup against the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) Panthers. The script was almost identical to the Women’s game that same day. Federico Mora put the Mounties ahead in just the fourteenth minute of the game, but UPEI responded in the twenty-fifth with a Lucas Holmes strike. The game had progressed to late in the match, and with extra time lurking, Harminder Singh of UPEI split the Mounties defenders on a through ball. He made no mistake in his kick: The ball eluded Mounties starting goalkeeper Greg McGuire and put them ahead. The Mounties were not able to recover from the deficit. This was UPEI’s fourth consecutive win. Mt. A was able to beat the Panthers 2-0 earlier this season, but were able to get revenge on the loss in the match. 

Lacrosse team makes history in Lansdowne affair

October 2, 2011. That was the last time the Lacrosse Mounties had won a Maritime University Field Lacrosse League (MUFLL) regular season game. In a spirited affair, the Mounties battled to a 11-8 victory over the Saint Francis Xavier (St. FX) X-Men. The Mounties scored five times in the third quarter, including two from Ali Rehman. Rehman had a total of three tallies in the game, and that would be the difference between the two teams. The Mounties must have been elated after the win. After last year’s winless season, they will be happy to get the monkey off their back. They will have one more chance to match 2011’s win total against St. FX in Antigonish on Sunday October 27.

Mounties glide to medals in swim meet

The swim season started off strong for the Men’s Mount Allison Varsity Swim Team, as they traveled to the University of New Brunswick (UNB)  in Fredericton to compete in the Amby Legere Swim Meet last weekend. The men’s team finished fourth in the team event. The Mounties faced off against the hosts UNB, as well as the Dalhousie Tigers, the Acadia Axemen, and the University of Prince Edward Island Panthers. 

The Men’s team placed second in the 4 x 50 freestyle relay, with the team of Dylan Wooley-Berry, Colin Vale, Joseph Blackwood, and Andrew Reeder. They earned bronze in both the 4 x 50 medley relay and the 4 x 100 medley. Both teams comprised of Reeder, Jeff Loewen, Wooley-Berry, and Blackwood. The men and women’s team combined to win gold in the 8 x 50 freestyle relay, beating out the perennial champions, Dalhousie.

“We’ve got a really strong group of swimmers this year, particularly on the women’s team,” said the Men’s team captain Andrew Reeder. “We’re looking to give [Dalhousie] a run for their money, especially after the success from the relays and the weekend so far; a good sign so early on in the season.” 

The women’s team of Allison Loewen, Marya Peters, Laurel White, and Zoe Leblanc won gold in the 4 by 50 freestyle relay, bronze in the 4 by 100 metre medley relay with the same team, while the group of Peters, Leblanc, Katherine Frise, and Loewen also placed third in the 4 by 50 metre medley relay.

Cross-Country run to ACAA Championship

The Women’s five kilometre race and Arielle Fitzgerald of Dal AC took first place with a strong time of 18:55. Following closely behind Fitzgerald were a pair rookies from Mt. A, Cassidy Langley and Claire Henderson-Hamilton, taking silver and bronze. The rookies were followed closely by veteran runner and Women’s team captain Haruho Kubota, who took fourth place by a close three seconds. Kubota’s placement gave the women three out of the top five spots overall. This ensured Mt. A came out on top with the victory. 

John Beninger ran a time of 26:51 to easily capture first place, dominating his competition. Following Beninger was standout runner Jonathan Craig, who handily took second place for the Mounties, finishing in 27:28. Samuel Clements finished fourth with a time of 28:38. This gave the Men’s team the placements they needed to reclaim the title.

Head Coach MacGregor Grant, a former Men’s team captain during his time at Mt. A, was awarded the ACAA 2013-2014 Coach of the Year, a testament to his unmatched dedication and passion he showed for the team this year. Grant said after the race,“The hard work throughout the season paid off at the championship with our runners in peak form and accomplishing the goal of winning both the Men’s and Women’s banners. I’m extreme proud of this team and the hard work and countless hours they’ve put in over the last couple of months. Our young team consisting of mainly rookies filled holes left by graduated All-Star runners of the past few years and will set the team up for success for years to come.”

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