Hurricanes men’s basketball team named 2013 Sport PEI Team of the Year
April 14, 2014
The Holland Hurricanes were represented on Friday night with two nominations, both for the Team of the Year Award; the men’s basketball team and women’s soccer team.
The men’s basketball Hurricanes became the second Holland College team to win this award as the men’s soccer team captured this distinction in 2011.
The Hurricanes were the 2012-2013 ACAA men’s basketball champions and excited the country with their play at the 2013 CCAA national men’s basketball championships in Quebec, which seen them take home a national silver medal.
“We’re very proud of all of our teams here at Holland College and it’s gratifying to see two of our teams being acknowledged on this provincial stage. We thank Sport PEI for recognizing our athletes and coaches who represent our varsity program so well”, shared Athletics and Recreation Director Albert Roche.
The Holland College Hurricanes men’s basketball team was a fairytale story in 2013.
Compiling an outstanding 18-3 regular season record, the George Morrison coached Hurricanes went in as the number one seed, but it took an incredible finish in their semi-final against Mount Saint Vincent to secure their berth to the finals, netting two-3 pointers in the dying seconds to eke out an incredible 1-point win.
They secured the gold medal, and first ever appearance at nationals, with a 70-61 final win against St. Thomas, and at the CCAA Championships the 5th seed Hurricanes again defied expectations, first knocking off Champlain St-Lambert and then top-ranked Langara Falcons in the semi’s, again in another amazing one-point finish.
A seven point defeat to Vancouver in the final could not take the gloss off what was an amazing season for the Hurricanes, national silver medalists.
The other nominee for the Hurricanes, the women’s soccer team, went into the 2013 season as the team to beat, and they emerged victorious with a well-earned ACAA title to their credit.
Under first year coach Kris McKinnon, the team finished fourth in the regular season with a 5-4-3 record, often on the back of strikers Megan Spicer and Kristin Hood, who netted 9 and 12 goals respectively.
Hosting the ACAA Championships in Cornwall, the Hurricanes overcame the odds to produce two outstanding performances, with goalkeeper Emma Kelly backstopping the team as they defeated Mount Saint Vincent 1-0 in the final on a goal from veteran player Shalan Armstrong.
Although they were to fall short at nationals, their Atlantic title was a great effort, and just reward for sound coaching, hard work, and great self-belief.
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