The Fanshawe Women's and Men's Curling teams competed in the CCAA National Curling Championships this past week, hosted by Fanshawe College at the Highland Country Club in London, Ontario.
The Women's team finished the round robin with a record of 5-2, good for second place in the standings. They would match up with the NAIT Ooks in the semi-final. After the first two ends, the score was still tied at zero but the Falcons struck first in the third, scoring one. After another blank end in the fourth, the Falcons stole three to take a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth end break. The Ooks scored one in the sixth but Fanshawe came right back with another three to take a commanding 7-1 lead after seven ends. After NAIT scored one in the eighth, the teams shook hands and the Falcons would take the win and move on to the final versus the Seneca Sting.
In the final, neither team wanted to give up any ground early as the game stayed scoreless for the first two ends. Seneca scored two in the third and then stole four in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead. The Falcons managed to take two in the sixth and steal one in the seventh but ultimately Fanshawe was too far behind as the Sting went on to win by a final score of 8-4.
Fanshawe's lead Julie Clinton, second Sara Westman and skip Shannon Kee were all named Championship All-Stars for their play during the championship tournament.
The Men's team finished the round robin in a three-way tie for third place with a record of 4-3. On Friday night, the team had to play in the first tiebreaker game versus the Augustana Vikings. The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 lead but the Vikings stormed back, scoring the next four points to take a 4-2 lead at the halfway point. With the game tied at five, the Vikings scored one in the ninth, and the Falcons found themselves down by one with the hammer and one end to go. On the last rock of the tenth end, Fanshawe scored one to send the draw into an extra end. Unfortunately, the Vikings scored one in the final end and won by a final score of 7-6.
Fanshawe's second Charlie Richard was named a Championship All-Star for his phenomenal play throughout the tournament.
The Fanshawe Women's and Men's Indoor Soccer Teams competed in the OCAA Provincial Championships March 18-19, hosted by Redeemer College.
On the Women's side, the Falcons went 2-0-1 in round robin play, with wins over Conestoga (5-0) and Georgian (2-0), before a draw with Humber (0-0). In the semi-final, Fanshawe played the Sheridan Bruins. The Falcons won the game 2-1 with big goals by Niki McDonald and Chelsea Brintnell. The Falcons would come up just short in the final, losing to the Seneca Sting 1-0 and would settle for the OCAA silver medal for the second consecutive season. Both goalkeeper Marisa Oliveira and defender Daniella Strano were named Championship All-Stars for the Falcons.
The Men's Indoor Soccer team finished the round robin with a record of 1-1-1. After losing 1-0 to St. Clair, the Falcons defeated the Conestoga Condors 2-0 and needed a win versus the Humber Hawks to move on to the semi-final. Unfortunately, the Falcons couldn't score and tied the game 0-0 to put an end to their season.