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February 12, 2018

CURLING:

 

The Fanshawe Men's, Women's and Mixed Curling teams had a successful weekend at the OCAA Provincial Championships in Sault Ste. Marie. The Falcons Men's team took home the gold medal, while both the Women's and Mixed teams finished with a silver.

 

The Men finished the round robin in second place with a record of 4-2. In the semi-final, Fanshawe defeated the Niagara Knights by a score of 5-2. In the final, the Falcons would take on the host Sault Cougars and won 7-4 to take home the 2018 OCAA Provincial Championship banner.  Falcons Second Tyler Twinning (Owen Sound, ON) and Vice Logan James (Brantford, ON) were named First Team All-Stars.

 

The Women's team finished 3-2 after round robin play, good for second place. This set them up for a semi-final match against the Fleming Knights. At the fourth end break, the Knights held a 5-0 lead, but the Falcons came back to win 10-7. In the final, Fanshawe stole one in each of the last two ends to force an extra frame but ultimately dropped a 10-7 decision to the Niagara Knights to give the Falcons the silver medal.  Fanshawe Second Samantha Lees (St. Thomas, ON) was named a First Team All-Star, while Lead Isabelle Allan (Carp, ON) and Vice Erin White (Chatham, ON) were named Second Team All-Stars.

 

 

The Mixed team had a round robin record of 2-2 which put them in second place in the standings. The Falcons faced the Sault Cougars in the Final, however fell behind early and could never recover, losing the game 7-2.  They would also go home with a silver medal. Fanshawe had two OCAA Mixed All-Stars; Second Nicolas Robinson (Mount Brydges, ON) and Vice Angelica Muscedere (Bright's Grove, ON). Shirley Westman won Coach of the Year for OCAA Mixed Curling.

 

Both the Men's and Women's Teams advance to the CCAA National Curling Championships in Leduc, Alberta from March 24-28. The Fanshawe Men's team are the reigning CCAA National Champions.

 

 

 

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

 

The #2 CCAA ranked Fanshawe Men's Volleyball team went 2-0 last week. At Niagara on Wednesday evening, the Falcons defeated the Knights in three straight sets. Cole Jordan (London, ON) led the team with 12 points.

 

On Saturday afternoon at home, the Falcons clinched first place in the OCAA West Division with a 3-0 win over Mohawk. This marks the second consecutive year that the Falcons Men's Volleyball program has claimed first place and ties the Fanshawe Volleyball record for most wins in a season with 17.

 

The Falcons came out flying in the opening set, going up 8-1. Jordan had three quick kills, followed by a point from Zach Albert (Brampton, ON). A back row attack by Will Otten (Delaware, ON) extended Fanshawe's lead to 16-7 midway through the set. The Mountaineers could not contain the Falcons high powered offense, and Fanshawe went on to win set one, 25-11.

 

A service ace by Jordan gave Fanshawe the lead in the second set. Although Mohawk stayed within reach, Fanshawe continued to pressure with hits from Jordan and Mike Liscumb (Ilderton, ON). A kill from Albert, assisted by setter Sebastian Lethbridge (London, ON) got the home crowd on their feet, as the Falcons won the second set 25-16.

 

Jordan did not waste any time in the third set, recording two consecutive kills for the Falcons and showing why he is leading the OCAA in hitting percentage (.417). Albert then made the score 16-11 on a stuff block. Alec Buglar added his name to the stat sheet on a kill that stretched Fanshawe's lead to 23-12. The Mountaineers could not recover and the Falcons won the final set 25-16 to sweep the match and the season series. Fanshawe continued their undefeated season and extended their OCAA regular season winning streak to 30 matches.

 

On Wednesday, February 14, Fanshawe will travel to Etobicoke for their final regular season match to face the #7 Humber Hawks in a battle of the OCAA's top ranked teams. The Falcons will host a playoff game against a to be determined opponent from the East Division on Saturday, February 17 at 3pm.

 

Upcoming Games:

Wednesday, February 14:

#2 Fanshawe @ #7 Humber – 8pm

Saturday, February 17:

Cross Over Playoff Match:

TBD vs. #2 Fanshawe – 3pm

 

 

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL:

 

The Falcons Women's Volleyball squad also went 2-0 last week, defeating Niagara on the road 3-1, then Mohawk at home 3-1. On Wednesday evening versus Niagara, Meghan Morelli (London, ON) recorded 19 points in the match.

 

In a loud and proud Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre on Saturday afternoon, the Falcons clinched second place in the OCAA West Division with a 3-1 win over the Mohawk Mountaineers.

 

Fanshawe had a pair of kills from Meghan Morelli to open the Falcons scoring. The teams then traded points until Mohawk went on a 4-0 run to take a 13-9 lead. Fanshawe regrouped and got points from Katie Stewart (Gananoque, ON) and Mattea Deleary (Ridgetown, ON) to cut Mohawk's lead to one, 17-16. A service ace from Falcons fifth year Darian Gropp (Kitchener, ON) then gave the home team a 19-18 advantage.  A huge set point kill by Stewart excited the home crowd as the Falcons won the first set 25-22.

 

Fanshawe rookie Ainsley Acton (Lucan, ON) gave the red and white an early lead in the second set with a well-placed tip. However, the Mountaineers responded and midway through the set led the Falcons 14-11. Mohawk stretched their lead and Fanshawe was unable to recover from the deficit, falling 25-19.

 

In the third frame, a kill from Deleary, followed by a massive block from Meghan Morelli gave the Falcons momentum. The birds extended their lead to 16-12 with a Gropp point, but the Mountaineers chipped away and cut the lead to one, 17-16. Kills from Gropp and Meghan Morelli gave the Falcons control again, and Fanshawe went on to win the third set 25-21.

 

The fourth set started with strong serving by the Falcons, giving them a 5-1 lead. A right side kill from Stewart got the crowd on their feet and extended Fanshawe's lead to 13-7. The home team used that momentum and yet another Meghan Morelli kill to give the Falcons a 20-14 advantage. Fanshawe held on to that lead to win the set 25-18 and the match.

 

Fanshawe's final regular season match will be on Wednesday, February 14 on the road against the #3 CCAA ranked Humber Hawks, who are in first place in the OCAA West Division. The Falcons will host a playoff game against a to be determined opponent from the East Division on Saturday, February 17 at 1pm.

 

Upcoming Games:

Wednesday, February 14:

Fanshawe @ #3 Humber – 8pm

Saturday, February 17:

Cross Over Playoff Match:

TBD vs. Fanshawe – 1pm

 

 

 

MEN'S BASKETBALL:

 

The Fanshawe Men's Basketball squad went 1-1 at home last week. On Wednesday evening at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre, the Fanshawe Men's Basketball team defeated the St. Clair Saints by a score of 71-69.

 

Fanshawe forward Matthew Hall (Penetanguishene, ON) opened the scoring with a strong layup. He then followed that with a steal and assist to Sean Clendinning (Orillia, ON) for a 3-pointer. St. Clair was able to keep the game close with a pair of triples. Chris Parker (Toledo, OH) had a beautiful layup on an alley-oop pass to excite the home crowd and the Falcons held a slim 18-12 lead after the first quarter. In the second frame, St. Clair went on an 8-0 run to take the lead. Going into the locker room, the Saints held a 36-28 advantage.

 

Fanshawe worked hard to chip away at the Saints lead throughout the third quarter. Sean Clendinning had a beautiful step back 3-pointer to cut the lead to three points. The teams exchanged possessions but both teams struggled to capitalize on opportunities. The Falcons found themselves down 46-44 going into the final frame.

 

In the fourth quarter, Parker tied the game with two free throws. Fanshawe then took the lead on a Parker jumper inside the paint. A Filip Pejic (Hamilton, ON) mid-range shot, followed by a huge shot from behind the arc from Sean Clendinning gave the Falcons some momentum. The Falcons added a bucket in transition to extend their lead to six points. St. Clair then regrouped and came back to tie the game at 68. Fanshawe retook the lead with a pair of free throws by Sean Clendinning. The Saints had an opportunity at the charity stripe to tie the game with 3.5 seconds remaining, however missed the second free throw and Fanshawe grabbed the rebound. The Falcons would hold on and win the game 71-69.

 

On Saturday evening, the Falcons fell to the #11 ranked Humber Hawks by a score of 70-59.

 

Humber jumped out to an early lead with sharp shooting from behind the arc. Fanshawe had scoring from forward Lex Van Iperen (Englehart, ON) with a put back, followed by a drive from Parker. Unfortunately, the Hawks held a 24-13 lead after the first quarter. In the second frame, the Falcons opened the scoring with two free throws from D'Andre Austin (Toronto, ON). A three pointer from Xavier Ellis (Hamilton, ON) ignited a spark, as the Falcons went on a 7-0 run to cut Humber's lead to 30-27. The Falcons took the lead on a triple from Sean Clendinning and Parker made a buzzer beater for a deep three to give Fanshawe a 35-30 lead going into the locker room.  

 

In the third quarter, Sean Clendinning hit another beautiful shot from behind the arc. Parker then scored off of a layup for the home team. Unfortunately, Humber worked their way back to a 49-44 lead after three quarters. In the final frame, a nice pass from Hanani Ujulu (Kitchener, ON) set up Van Iperen who was fouled on the shot. Parker would then score yet again on a nice floater in the middle of the key. Unfortunately, the Falcons could not recover from the deficit, and lost by a final score of 70-59.

 

The Falcons will be back in action on Tuesday, February 13, when they visit the Conestoga Condors.

 

Upcoming Games:

Tuesday, February 13:

Fanshawe @ Conestoga – 8pm

Saturday, February 17:

Fanshawe @ Lambton – 4pm

 

 

 

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL:

 

The #11 nationally ranked Fanshawe Women's Basketball team split games last weekend at the Glenn Johnston Athletic Centre.

 

The Falcons defeated the St. Clair Saints by a score of 82-58 last Wednesday evening.

 

The Saints came out strong to start the game, going up 14-2 to open the first quarter. The Falcons then stepped it up with a strong drive by fifth year forward Ali Vlasman (Mount Elgin, ON), who had a career-high 27 points. The Falcons were able to chip away at St. Clair's lead and were only down 16-12 after the opening frame. In the second quarter, Sarnia native Claire Dechet led the Falcons offense with back-to-back mid-range shots to give the home team the lead. At half time, the score was 35-29 in favour of the Falcons.

 

The red and white came ready to play in the third quarter, and extended their lead on a layup from Mikhaila Wright (London, ON). Vlasman was unrelenting, using her strength to get to the rim for a pair of buckets. She then topped it off with a 3-pointer to give Fanshawe a 61-41 lead going into the fourth quarter.

 

Assists from Dechet and Sydney Kendellen (London, ON) gave Vlasman four more points on the fast break in the final frame. Wright then got a big offensive rebound and found Vlasman on the block for yet another layup. With the bucket, Vlasman became the Fanshawe Women's Basketball all-time points leader, with 791. She passes Rebecca Huntley's (1992-96) previous record of 781. The Falcons went on to win the game 82-58, marking their second win over St. Clair in the past two weeks.

 

The Falcons then dropped their first game at home this season, falling to the top team in the country, the Humber Hawks by a score of 65-54 on Saturday evening.

 

Fanshawe came ready to play in the first quarter, as they used ball movement on offense to take an early lead. Falcons forward Maddy Kielar (Newmarket, ON) had a strong take to the rim off of a pass from Kendellen. The Falcons held a 20-14 lead after the first quarter, as their defence held Humber to only 24% from the field. In the second quarter, the Hawks stepped it up offensively and chipped away at Fanshawe's lead. Layups from Chuot Angou (London, ON) and Vlasman kept the Falcons going. Despite holding the Hawks to a season-low 35 points at the half, the Falcons found themselves down one point.

 

In the third quarter, the Falcons opened the scoring with an elbow shot from Kaleigh Morris (London, ON). Unfortunately after that, the home team struggled on offense, resulting in easy fast break points for Humber. Wright had a nice shot from behind the arc to keep the home team within reach, however Humber extended their lead to 49-41 going into the final quarter. In the fourth frame, Fanshawe regrouped and got a mid-range jumper from Dechet. They then got a bucket from Vlasman, however the Hawks would respond with points of their own to maintain the advantage. The Falcons provided the Hawks with their stiffest test of the season, but ultimately fell by a final score of 65-54.

 

Fanshawe will look to bounce back when they visit the Conestoga Condors (4-13) on Tuesday, February 13.

 

 

Upcoming Games:

Tuesday, February 13:

Fanshawe @ Conestoga – 6pm

Saturday, February 17:

Fanshawe @ Lambton – 2pm

 

 

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