Falcons Weekly
October 31, 2016

MEN'S BASEBALL:

 

The Men's Baseball team made history this past weekend, winning the inaugural Men's Baseball National Championship in Oshawa, Ontario.  This is the first National gold medal in the Program's brief three year history and marks the first time a Fanshawe league sport has won a National Championship in 35 years (Men's Basketball, 1980-81).

 

The Falcons had an outstanding championship, finishing the tournament with a record of 4-1. In round robin play, the Falcons lost their opening game of the tournament to the Saints 10-2. Fanshawe rebounded to win their next two games, 7-5 over the Humber Hawks and then 2-1 over the Holland Hurricanes from PEI. In the semi-final, Fanshawe battled the host Durham Lords. The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning which was more than enough for Fanshawe's starting pitcher Kyle Zimmer (London, ON), who notched the win with a complete game victory. Fanshawe won the game 5-0 and

 

headed to the final versus St. Clair. In the final, the Saints took a 1-0 lead in the second inning but Fanshawe came back in the top of the third, scoring two runs on four singles to take the lead. Fanshawe's defense would come up big in the second half of the game, with a number of phenomenal plays to keep the one run advantage. Fanshawe's Bryan Hames (Waterdown, ON) was the winning pitcher for the Falcons, with Robert Doyle (London, ON) coming in for the two inning save, as Fanshawe won the game 2-1. 

 

Fanshawe's Hames was named the Championship MVP while shortstop Carlos Arteaja (London, ON) was the Gold Glove winner. The Falcons had four members named to the All-Tournament Team including Hames, Zimmer, second baseman Zev Weisdorf (London, ON) and outfielder Tyler Wood (Niagara Falls, ON).

 

 

CROSS COUNTRY:

 

It was a big weekend for the Fanshawe Cross Country program at the OCAA Provincial Championships, hosted by Seneca College.  At the Championship banquet, Fanshawe's Head Coach Ashley Vandervect was named the OCAA Coach of the Year.

 

On the Men's side, lead runner Seth Marcaccio (Byron, ON) won the individual gold medal with a time of 26:55, more than 30 seconds faster than the second place finisher.  The Men's team won the Provincial Championship, their seventh title in the past eight seasons.  Fanshawe's Marcaccio and Ryan Foot (London, ON) were both named to the OCAA All-Ontario First Team while Jordan Kadlecik (Grand Bend, ON) and Justin Attfield (Aylmer, ON) made the Second Team.

 

The Women's team finished in fifth place overall, with Stacey Andrews (Newmarket, ON) winning the bronze medal individually.  Andrews, as well as teammate Morgan Hendriks (Dorchester, ON) were both named to the Women's All-Ontario First Team.  

 

Both teams will now prepare for the CCAA National Championships hosted by Sault College on Saturday, November 12th.

 

 

MEN'S SOCCER:

 

The Men's Soccer team competed at the OCAA Provincial Championship this past week at Redeemer College.  On Thursday morning, three members of the Falcons were recognized for their accomplishments this season.  Forward Robert M'Boko (London, ON) was named the OCAA Men's Soccer League Scoring Champion as well as the West Division Scoring Champion, scoring nine goals in just eight games this season.  M'Boko, Matt Catalano (London, ON) and Brandon Mendes (London, ON) were all named OCAA League All-Stars.

 

In their first match of the tournament, the Falcons faced off against the #3 ranked Algonquin Thunder.  The Falcons opened up the scoring in the 13th minute of the game on a goal by Petar Karan (London, ON).  Algonquin came right back and scored in the 20th minute to tie the game.  Algonquin scored again in the 56th minute to take the lead.  Fanshawe would receive a red card and need to play the rest of the game with just 10 players.  Even down a man, the Falcons controlled the ball for the majority of the half but just couldn't find the net, as the Thunder went on to win by a score of 2-1.  Karan was the Player of the Game for the Falcons.

 

In the consolation semi-final, the Falcons would face the #10 ranked St. Clair Saints.  In two games against each other during the year, the Saints and Falcons tied both, combining for just six goals.  In the consolation semi-final, both teams' offenses took over as the Saints went on to win the game by a final score of 5-4.  Player of the Game for Fanshawe was Elvir Gigolaj (London, ON).

WOMEN'S SOCCER:

 

The Fanshawe Women's Soccer team were on the road last week at the OCAA Provincial Championship in Windsor, Ontario.  On Wednesday evening, five members of the Women's Soccer team were honoured for their outstanding play this season.  Jade Kovacevic (Georgetown, ON) took home the biggest award of the night, as she was named the OCAA Women's Soccer Player of the Year.  She was also named a CCAA All-Canadian and an OCAA League All-Star.  Kovacevic led her team to an OCAA West Division title with an undefeated record of 9-0-1.  She was first in the West Division and third in the OCAA in scoring with 23 goals.  In nine wins this season, Kovacevic had seven game winning goals and set Fanshawe records for goals in a single game (6) and career goals (49).  Fanshawe's Amber Lea Hodgins (London, ON) was named the OCAA West Division Rookie of the Year and teammates Marisa Oliveira (London, ON), Daniella Strano (London, ON) and Selena Roberts (London, ON) were all named OCAA League All-Stars.

 

On Thursday morning, the Falcons took to the field against the Cambrian Golden Shield.  After falling behind 1-0 in the first half, the Falcons came out as the aggressor in the second half and in the 64th minute, Kovacevic tied the game on a beautiful left-footed goal.  Unfortunately, in the 77th minute, Cambrian scored again to take a 2-1 lead.  In extra time, the Falcons had a pair of great chances but couldn't score, as Cambrian went on to win by a final score of 2-1.  Fanshawe's Player of the Game was Kovacevic.

 

On Friday morning, the Falcons faced the Mohawk Mountaineers in the consolation semi-final.  Midway through the second half, Kovacevic tied the game at one for the Falcons.  At the end of regulation, the score was still tied 1-1.  In  overtime, Fanshawe's Gillian Iantosca scored to give the Falcons the lead, and two minutes later, Kovacevic notched her second of the game, as Fanshawe would go on to win 3-1.  Iantosca would win the Player of the Game award for Fanshawe.

 

In the consolation final, Fanshawe would face the St. Clair Saints.  Fanshawe's Oliveira would open the scoring in the 22nd minute after a miscue by the St. Clair defense.  A number of good chances by both teams were turned away by the goalkeepers and Fanshawe would hold on to win the game 1-0.  Fanshawe Oliveira and Strano were both named Players of the Game.

 

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

 

The Men's Volleyball team won both of their matches this past week and are in first place in the OCAA West Division.

 

On Wednesday, Fanshawe hosted the Niagara Knights (1-1) for their season opener. Fanshawe jumped ahead, winning the first two sets 25-22 and 25-16.  However, the Knights would not go away easily and would take the next two sets, both by scores of 25-21.  In the fifth set, Fanshawe pulled away and finished the game on a 7-2 run behind some huge kills by outside hitter James Jackson (London, ON).  The Falcons would take the set 15-8 and the match 3-2.  Jackson led the team with 20 points on the night.

 

On Saturday, the Falcons were on the road versus the Sheridan Bruins (2-1).  Again the Falcons took care of business early in the match, taking the first two sets 25-20 and 25-19.  The Bruins came back and pulled out wins in the third and fourth and forced a fifth and deciding set.  In a very back and forth set, the Falcons were able to hold on and win the set 15-12.  Jackson had 14 kills for the Falcons while David AuCoin finished with 8 kills and 4 blocks.

 

The Falcons are on the road again next weekend, when they travel to take on the Cambrian Golden Shield (1-1) on Saturday at 8pm.

 

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, Nov. 5:

Fanshawe @ Cambrian – 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 6:

Fanshawe @ Boreal – 3pm

Saturday, Nov. 12:

Mohawk vs. Fanshawe – 3pm

 

 

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

 

Last week, the Women's Volleyball team lost their first two matches of the season versus Niagara and Sheridan, both of which are undefeated.

 

On Wednesday, the Falcons hosted the Niagara Knights (2-0) in their home opener.  The Falcons took a close first set 25-23 but the Knights came right back and stole the second set 27-25.  Niagara won the next two sets 25-15 and 25-18 to win the match 3-1.  Fanshawe's Lindsay Wilcox led the Falcons in points with 11 (8 kills, 3 aces).

 

On Saturday, Fanshawe travelled to Sheridan to take on the Bruins (3-0).  Sheridan took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-20 but the Falcons came back in the third and took the set 25-20.  In the fourth, Fanshawe had an early lead but the Bruins went on a run and eventually won the set 25-17. Allysha Couch had a team-high 17 points including 13 kills, 2 aces and 2 blocks.

 

The Falcons are on the road next weekend taking on Cambrian (Saturday at 6pm) and Boreal (Sunday at 1pm).

 

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, Nov. 5:

Fanshawe @ Cambrian – 6pm

Sunday, Nov. 6:

Fanshawe @ Boreal – 1pm

Saturday, Nov. 12:

Mohawk vs. Fanshawe – 1pm

 

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

 

The Fanshawe Men's Basketball team (0-2) lost their first two league games of the season last week. 

 

Last Wednesday, the Falcons were on the road to take on the Humber Hawks (1-0).  The Falcons struggled from the field in the first, shooting just 20% but were only down by eight, 16-8.  Unfortunately, as the Falcons started to shoot better, so did the Hawks, as Humber went on to win 79-58.  Fanshawe's Connor Therrien (London, ON) and Alfred Johnson (London, ON) both had 10 points for the Falcons.

 

On Saturday, Fanshawe hosted the Sheridan Bruins (3-0) for their home opener of the season.  After the first quarter, the Falcons were only down 19-17.  In the second quarter, the Bruins went on a run, but Falcons' freshman Chris Parker (Toledo, OH) had back-to-back buckets to keep Fanshawe within reach. The Falcons went into the locker room down 36-32.  In the third, after starting the quarter on a 6-0 run, Fanshawe took the lead 38-36. Sheridan took a timeout and came back out to the court on fire.  The Bruins finished the game on a 41-12 run, defeating Fanshawe by a final score of 77-50.

 

The Falcons will look for their first win of the regular season this weekend, as they host the Sault Cougars (0-2) for a doubleheader.

 

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, Nov. 5:

Sault vs. Fanshawe – 8pm

Sunday, Nov. 6:

Sault vs. Fanshawe – 3pm

Friday, Nov. 11:

Fanshawe @ Lambton – 8pm

 

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

 

The Falcons Women's Basketball team went 1-1 this past week, losing on the road to last year's National Champion Humber Hawks before defeating the Sheridan Bruins at home.

 

On Wednesday, the Falcons were on the road for their season opener versus the Humber Hawks (1-0).  Fanshawe fell behind early and at the half, trailed 32-18.  In the fourth quarter, the Falcons clawed back and put up 21 points but it wasn't enough as Fanshawe would fall 63-56.  Natalie Warren (London, ON) led the Falcons offense with 18 points on 9 of 16 shooting.

 

The Falcons home opener took place on Saturday versus the Sheridan Bruins (0-3).  Fanshawe came out strong to start the game, using defensive pressure to force Sheridan to numerous turnovers. Falcons' guard Anique Daley (Chatham, ON) had a nice steal and layup to start off the scoring for the home team. The Falcons held the Bruins to only five points in the second quarter, and were up by a score of 36-16 at half time. Fanshawe's scoring slowed down in the third quarter, as the Bruins battled to stay within reach. The Falcons picked up the intensity in the final frame with big shots by Mikhaila Wright (London, ON) and Laura Vere (Stratford, ON). Fanshawe went on to win the game by a final score of 63-39. 

 

Up next, the Falcons host the Sault Cougars (0-2) this weekend for a pair of games.  On Saturday, the game begins at 6pm and Sunday at 1pm.

 

Upcoming Games:

Saturday, Nov. 5:

Sault vs. Fanshawe – 6pm

Sunday, Nov. 6:

Sault vs. Fanshawe – 1pm

Friday, Nov. 11:

Fanshawe @ Lambton – 6pm

 

For more information on Fanshawe Athletics:

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Email – rthorpe@fanshawec.ca