It was an exceptionally busy weekend for the Holland Hurricanes with 11 games scheduled on Saturday and Sunday. Here is a rundown of all the action.
A 4-1 Hurricanes win on Saturday in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) semi-finals over the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves punched their ticket to the conference final on Sunday. Goal scorers were Emily Lepine (2), Emily Cormier and Keanna Ryan, while Bri Spencer was in goal.
On Sunday in the championship game versus the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics, Emily Cormier put the ‘Canes ahead in the 32’, before Emily Lepine doubled their lead in the 76’ with her third of the weekend. The 2-0 win gave the ‘Canes their sixth conference title in the program’s history, also winning in 2008, 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2019. Bri Spencer was once again in goal for the Hurricanes in Sunday’s win.
The women’s Hurricanes will now represent the ACAA at the 2021 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship in Toronto, Ontario, hosted by the Humber College Hawks on November 10-13.
A 2-1 win on Saturday in the ACAA semi-finals over the MSVU Mystics advanced the Hurricanes to the ACAA championship game on Sunday versus the top-ranked, St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies. Hurricanes goal scorers were Parker MacLeod and Mohammad Alhaj Ali, while Keegan MacKinnon was in goal.
On a damp Sunday afternoon in Halifax, the Hurricanes and Tommies battled in what will go down as an all-time classic.
Kazuya Iwasaki scored in the 25’ for the Hurricanes but the Tommies evened the match in the 43’. A scoreless second half sent the match to two fifteen-minute extra time sessions, where the game remained even at 1-1.
In penalty kicks, three Tommies shooters found the back of the net, giving them the 2-1 victory and ACAA title.
The loss ends a run of six-straight ACAA titles for the Hurricanes, dating back to 2014.
The football ‘Canes travelled to Fredericton on Saturday to take on the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Red Bombers in Atlantic Football League (AFL) semi-final action. The Hurricanes entered as the number three seeds while UNB was ranked second.
In an offensive battle, the ‘Canes held the 7-0 lead after the first quarter, while UNB fought back to hold the 17-10 advantage at halftime.
Things heated up in the second half, with the Hurricanes and Red Bombers entering the final quarter tied at 24-24. A UNB touchdown with 14:06 remaining in the game put the Red Bombers ahead, with both defenses locking things down in the final minutes as UNB won the game, 31-24.
While the UNB Red Bombers move on to face the Dalhousie University Tigers in the AFL championship game, the ‘Canes are optimistic for the future. Under a new coaching staff they finished at 3-3 and dropped the semi-final game by a touchdown. Look for big things to come for the Hurricanes in the coming years.
Cross Country Running
The two Hurricanes women’s runners, competing as individuals, had strong races, finishing fifth and 15th, led by Emily Swaine. Swaine completed the six-kilometer course in 28:40, while Olivia Fogarty finished in 32:12. The winner, Kiona Osterlin, from the Mount Allison University Mounties, finished in 25:51 to claim the title.
The Hurricanes men would finish fourth in the team event, led by Abdallah Al Aydy in eighth with a time of 33:06 on the eight-kilometer course.
Other men’s Hurricanes runners were Josiah Wigmore (10th, 33:38), Jeffrin Benedict (15th, 35:09), William Wang (17th, 37:07), Zachary Ryan (40:55) and Seth Doyle (24th, 48:47).
The Crandall University Chargers claimed the men’s team title, while the Mounties were the team champions on the women’s side.
For complete details on the ACAA Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.
Leading 50-44 at the half, the Mystics eventually went on to claim the 96-91 win to open the season.
Grace Bennett led the way for the ‘Canes with 22-points, while Amy Plaggenhoef (18), Karla Benitez (18), Lisa Bolander (13) and Ashley Plaggenhoef (10) all finished with double-digit points in the game.
The ‘Canes will return to the court on Saturday, November 6 when they visit the Crandall University Chargers (0-2) in Moncton at 5pm.
A 61-36 lead at half ended in a 102-82 victory for the Hurricanes in front of their home fans.
Jashajuan Downey led the way for the Hurricanes with 20-points in the win, with Bryce Corless (17), Tyray Cooper (15), Logan Rempel (15) and Tutu Akol (11) finishing with double-digit points.
The ‘Canes are also in Moncton on Saturday to face the Crandall Chargers; the Chargers are 2-0 to start the season. Tip-off is at 7pm.
In Saturday’s season opener versus the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils, the ‘Canes used set wins of 25-23, 25-11, 20-25 and 26-24 to earn the four-set victory.
Ava Beisal led the way with seven kills and 11 digs while Amanda de Carvalho Brito recorded eight service aces in the match.
Taking on the always-powerful, MSVU Mystics, on Sunday, set wins of 27-25, 29-27 and 28-26 gave the Hurricanes the straight-sets win.
Beisal once again led the way with nine kills, while Jenna MacFarlane had eight digs. Sam Gerbig recorded six service aces in the win.
The ‘Canes are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Sackville, New Brunswick to take on the Mount Allison University Mounties; first-serve is scheduled for 7pm. The Mounties enter the match at 1-0 after defeating the Dal AC Rams on Saturday.
The Hurricanes will host their home opener on Sunday, November 7 at 2pm versus the STU Tommies at the McMillan Centre for Community Engagement.
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Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, November 01, 2021