Gryphons had a busy, but victorious weekend

Monday, October 17, 2011


Written by Sports Information Department University of Guelph, Gryphon Athletics

Gryphon's Weekend Roundup - Oct. 16


Swimming: Guelph Tri Meet @ St. Catharines
Soccer (W): Guelph ties York 0-0
Lacrosse (M): Guelph lost to Brock 13-14
Lacrosse (W) (Oct.15): Guelph defeated McMaster 12-6
Lacrosse (W) (Oct. 15): Guelph lost to Laurier 6-10
Field Hockey: Guelph defeated Queens 6-2 @ Downsview Park
Soccer (M): Guelph lost to York 0-1
Hockey (M) (Oct. 15): Guelph lost to North Bay 2-5
Cross Country (Oct. 15): Guelph Men & Women win Guelph Open 

 SWIMMING – Gryphons make waves at Brock Quad Meet

St. Catharine’s, Ont. - The Guelph Gryphons showed that they are a team making waves today by dominating a quad meet in St. Catharines, Ont. at Brock University.

The Guelph Gryphons swimming team had a very strong showing at the Brock swim complex this past weekend winning 18-of-24 events. The women won 9-of-12 events as did the men.

The women won both the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay's. Rookie Erica Pate (Brantford, Ont.) led the Gryphons winning a total of five events.  The first year proved she’ll be a great addition to the team winning the 100, 200 and 400 freestyle events as well as being a strong component of the two relays she was on.

Another impressive rookie performance came from Grace Wilkinson (Caledon, Ont.) who placed second to Pate in the 200 free and 100 free, she also placed third in the 400 free.

Second year Alisha Harricharian (Brampton, Ont.) won all three of her events including the 100 and 200 butterfly as well as the 100 backstroke.  She was also on both winning relays for the Gryphons.

The Gryphon men, not to be outdone won both their relays as well.

Co-captain Wil Wright (Mississauga, Ont.) won the 100 butterfly, 100 and 200 freestyle and was also on both winning relays.

Rookie Stephen Bak (Tillsonburg, Ont.) won the 400 freestyle with teammate Derek Quick (St. George) on his reals the entire race. Stephen was also third in the 200 free.

Derek Bush, second year from Guelph, won the 200 backstroke with team mate Brett Martin (Toronto) only half a second behind him to place second. Derek also placed second in the 100 backstroke

Veteran Matthew Stephenson, a fourth year from Brantford, Ont. won the 200 butterfly and four minutes later won the 200 breaststroke, another six minutes later he swam the 200 individual medley where he placed third.

WOMEN’S SOCCER – Kilmas earns second consecutive shutout as Gryphons tie Lions 0-0

Guelph, Ont. – The Gryphons women’s soccer team took on the Lions at the Gryphons Soccer Complex this afternoon (Oct. 16), and after a 90 minute battle in cold, wet, windy weather, walked away tied 0-0.

The Gryphons drop to 4-6-2 while the Lions advance to 4-3-5 in the OUA West division.

Megan Kilmas (Russell, ON) earned her second consecutive shutout for the Gryphons, and Courtney Whiteside played another exceptional game, after scoring a pair of goals against the Mustangs the day before (Oct. 15).

Guelph controlled the majority of the game, but the Gryphons offence was unable to capitalize on Lions mistakes. Overall, the Gryphons had 6 chances, but came up short every time.

“Today we played a very competitive game and created a lot of scoring chances,” said head coach Randy Ragan. “We have moved from a single central striker, to twin strikers in an effort to create more scoring opportunities”

During the first half, it looked like Guelph would take the lead when Rachel Rennick (Toronto, ON) broke away from the pack, going one-on-one with the Lions goal-keep; however, she was unable to beat Sarah Fiorini (Newmarket, ON) and the game would remain deadlocked at 0-0.

In the second half, the Lions had a difficult time carrying the ball deep into Gryphon territory. Melissa Corso (Unionville, ON) with help from Danielle Naylor (Puslinch, ON) played outstanding defence, and prevented Lions strikers from attacking.

The Gryphons put forth a valiant effort in today’s game and hope to face off against the Lions again in the OUA playoffs.

The Lancers will travel to Guelph to match up agains the Gryphons on Saturday, October 22; game time is set for 1:00 p.m. at the new Gryphons Soccer Complex.

MEN’S LACROSSE – Gryphons fall to arch-rival Badgers, 14-13

St. Catharine’s, Ont. - In a classic battle between two arch rivals, the men’s lacrosse team came up one goal short, losing 14-13 to Brock.  The loss puts the Gryphons in second place with a 7-2 record.

  1. Joe Wasson (Peterborough, ON), Paul Forster (Toronto, ON) and Rusty Poulton (Toronto, ON) each had an assist.

The game was a dog fight from beginning to end.  Brock lead 4-3 after the first quarter but the Gryphons dominated the second.  Eric Hubert (Mississauga, ON) had four of his seven goals in the second as the Gryphons outscored Brock 6-4 to take a 9-8 lead at the half.

Curtis Knight (Oshawa, ON) put the Gryphons up 10-8 early in the third and Hubert added another to give the Gryphons a three-goal lead.  But penalty trouble slowed Guelph down and the momentum shifted to Brock’s favour.  Brock scored five unanswered goals to take back the lead.

It was all the Gryphons could manage however.  Despite forcing several turnovers in the last three minutes of the game, Guelph struggled to get a good look as the game wound down.

With one game remaining in the regular season, the Gryphons will not likely be able to climb from second to first place.  The Gryphons will have to win their final game of the season at Laurentian next Sunday, while Brock would have to lose to Western in order for Guelph to finish first.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE - Gryphon Women's Lacrosse Finishes 2nd in OUA Regular Season Play

The Gryphon Women's Lacrosse team ended their regular season play with a 1-1 split.  

In the opening game of the weekend the Gryphon woman defeated the McMaster Marauders with a final score of 12-6.  With the Marauders scoring first the Gryphons quickly answered with five straight goals of their own. Solid defence and midfield play by the Gryphons held the Marauders to only two goals in the first.  Determined to clinch hold on to their second place spot, the Gryphon Women dominated the second half with good ball possession and an effective offense.  Defensive player Katie Smith (Peterborough, ON) was a stand out team member throughout the game not only in creating and capitalizing on turnovers but also scoring one of her own. Teamwork and communication led the Gryphons to their ninth win of the season finishing with a 12 - 6 final score.  

Leading the offence in goals was Captain, Stacey Pogue (Peterborough, ON) with four goals. Dana Skyvington (Mississauga, ON) and Jade Sullivan (Ennismore, ON) had two while Alyssa Nevills (Orangeville, ON), Breanne Gillie (Dundas, ON), Katelyn Cartwright (Orangeville, ON) and Smith each delivered one. Gillie also contributed three assists, with Cartwright and Nevills each assisting with one.  

  1. The last game of regular season played saw the Gryphons drop a 10-6 game to the Laurier Golden Hawks. The Hawks dominated the midfield and quickly took the lead and never looked back.  Ending the half frustrated, yet determined to come back and finish strong, the Gryphons adjusted their play and started seeing mesh. Alyssa Nevills and Katie Smith were key in causing turnovers and holding the midfield play. Nevills also contributed two goals in the second half while Jade Sullivan had two also; Captain, Dana Skyvington tallied a single. The lone first half goal was scored by second year player, Julie Bryan (Keene, ON).   

The Gryphons finish the season with an 8-3-1 record, good for second place going into the OUA Championships.  The Gryphons will face UOIT in their first game of the playoffs on home turf this coming weekend. Stayed tuned to gryphons.ca for full schedule information.

FIELD HOCKEY – Gryphons secure second spot in OUA as they defeat Gaels 6-2.

Toronto Today (Oct. 16) the Gryphons defeated the Gaels 6-2 and now sport a 9-1 record. This ensures the Gryphons have secured the second spot in the OUA.

Erin Houle (Burlington, ON) led the red, black and gold with two goals, while Brittany Seidler (Oliver, BC), Alison Little (Toronto, ON), Candice Hawksworth (Oakville, ON) and Erica Baxter (Kitchener, ON) added singles to the tally.

Meghan Hurst (Coquitlam, BC) recorded the win.

The Gryphons round out league play next weekend as they match up against the Varsity Blues and the Martlets at Downsview Park on Saturday October 22.

MEN’S SOCCER – Gryphons lose frustrating game to Lions, 0-1

Guelph, Ont. – The Gryphons men’s soccer team battled it out against the Lions this afternoon (Oct. 16) at the new Gryphons Soccer Complex and lost a frustrating match 0-1.

The Gryphons drop to 8-4-2 while the Lions advance to 10-1-3 and maintain first place in the OUA West.

The Gryphons were well matched against the top seated Lions, playing aggressive on offence and defence, but were unable to find the back of the Lions net. Gryphons goal tender Chad Paparoni (Burlington, ON) stood on his head stopping numerous shots on net, but Carlos Nogueira (Brampton, ON) was able to sneak one past him 19 minutes into the first half.

The Gryphons trailed 0-1 after 45 minutes of play.

Guelph began the second half looking confident. The Gryphons passed smarter, took advantage of the entire pitch and fought hard to create more goal scoring opportunities. The Lions back four proved to be hard to penetrate and although Mike Bijman (Brantford, ON) made crossing the ball look easy, Guelph’s offence couldn’t seem to get a foot on the ball and capitalize on the scoring opportunities.

With tensions running high on the field, both teams turned it up and locked horns more than once and several yellow cards were handed out. The game climaxed when Gryphon striker, Robbie Murphy (Ottawa, ON) went down and had to be carried off the field with what appeared to be an ankle injury.  

In a last ditch effort to tie up the game, Guelph applied ample pressure on Lions defence and netminder, Sotiri Varlokostas (Toronto, ON) during the last minutes of play, but unfortunately the Gryphon offence came up short, and lost a frustrating game 0-1.

The Gryphons are back in action next Saturday (Oct. 22) at 3:15 p.m. when they play host to the Lancers

HOCKEY – Gryphons unsuccessful on road, lose to Lakers 2-5

North Bay, Ont – The Gryphons battled the Lakers in North Bay last night (Oct. 15) despite missing key players from injury and suspensions, and the Lakers game away with a 5-2 win.

Guelph spotted the home team a 4-0 lead after the first period. Kevin Rebelo, Dorian Peca, Paul Cinafrini, and Conor O’Donnell scored for the Lakers.

The Gryphons won the second period 2-0 on goals by J.T. Macdonald (Niagara Falls, ON) on a quick release and followed by a redirect goal from Zach Lillie (Bracebridge, ON) on assists from Andrew Merrett (Vernon, BC) and Ben Clark (Halifax, NS).

The only goal of the third period was scored by Dorian Peca, with his second of the game.

The Gryphons went 0/4 on the powerplay while the Lakers were 0/3.

Andrew Loverock went the distance in net for the Gryphons while Dan Spence got the win for the Lakers.

The Gryphons are in action next on Wednesday, October 19 when they host the Ridgebacks at the Gryphons Centre at 7:30 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY – Gryphon Men & Women Win Guelph Open

Guelph, Ont. – The Guelph Gryphon men’s and women’s cross country teams both took first in the team competition at the New Balance Vic Matthews Open this past Saturday.

The Gryphon men won the team event while the Windsor Lancers were second and Eastern Michigan third.

Individually the Gryphons swept the podium with second year Ross Proudfoot (Sudbury, Ont.) taking first with a time of 24:01.0; Andrew Nixon (Thunder Bay, Ont.) was second at 24:11.7 and last year’s OUA champion Alex Genest (Lac-aux-Sables, QC) was third at 24:16.4.

On the women’s side the Gryphons grabbed first while the McMaster Marauders were second and Queens third.

Leading the Gryphon women were a trio of runners who finished 2-3-4; Guelph native Andrea Secaffien finished second with a time of 17:46.6, followed closely by Carise Thompson (Lynden, Ont.) in third at 17:50.0 and Lydia Frost (Bocabec, NB) in fourth with a time of 17:58.8.


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