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Men’s Soccer

The Holland Hurricanes captured the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Championship for the tenth time in team history on Sunday when they defeated the top-ranked, St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies in penalty kicks.  The Hurricanes will now represent the ACAA at the 2022 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) National Championship in Langley, British Columbia, November 9-12.

The ’Canes entered the weekend as the second ranked team in the ACAA after a 6-3-3 regular season and faced the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils in the semi-finals on Saturday. The Hurricanes went on to win the match 1-0 in extra time when Clay Kelly found the back of the net.

Facing the top-ranked STU Tommies on Sunday in the championship match, the ‘Canes fell behind early, allowing the Tommies to take a 1-0 lead in the 26’.

The 2022 ACAA Player of the Year, Mohammad Alhaj Ali, knotted the match in the 49’ when he put the ‘Canes on the board – ultimately sending the final into extra time.

Nobody could find the back of the net in the first extra time session, but Keisuke Masuda gave the ‘Canes the important lead, ultimately to be squashed by a Tommies goal in injury time of the second extra time period.  The teams were off to penalty kicks for the second year in a row to crown the conference champion.

In 2021 the Tommies were victorious, but in 2022, the ‘Canes won it in the fifth round after goals from Alhaj Ali, Kazuya Iwasaki, Masuda, Yannick MacPhee, and solid goalkeeping by Keegan McKinnon.

The Hurricanes will now face the Vancouver Island University (VIU) Mariners on Wednesday, November 9 at 2pm Atlantic Time in the CCAA National Men’s Soccer quarter-final.

Prior to the start of the 2022 ACAA Championship, the ‘Canes had four players recognized for their outstanding play during the regular season.

Alhaj Ali and Masuda were named to the ACAA first All-Conference team, while Reid Peardon and Julien Jones were named to the second All-Conference team. As mentioned above, Mohammad Alhaj Ali was named the 2022 ACAA Player of the Year.

Connect with the men’s soccer ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/canesmsoccer andwww.instagram.com/canesmsoccer.


Women’s Rugby

The women’s rugby ‘Canes were in Sackville, New Brunswick on Saturday to face the Mount Allison University Mounties in ACAA semi-final playoff action.

The Hurricanes entered the playoffs as the number three seed while the Mounties entered at number two. The tight match went down to the wire with the Hurricanes victorious by a score of 21-12.  With the win they earn a berth to the 2022 ACAA Championship match versus the top-ranked, University of New Brunswick (UNB) Reds.

Kathleen Curran, Julianna Seamone and Kristy Davis each finished with one try each while Tori Hogan contributed with three converts in the win.

The Hurricanes will travel to Fredericton, New Brunswick to face UNB at 2pm on Saturday, November 5th.

Connect with the women’s rugby ‘Canes at www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanesrugby.


Women’s Soccer

It was a heartbreaking end to the season for the Hurricanes (third ranked) as they fell to the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves (second ranked) on Saturday in the ACAA semi-finals, 2-1.

An early lead for the ‘Canes thanks to a penalty kick goal from Helena Vos in the 2’ was quickly erased just four minutes later when the Seawolves bounced back with a goal off a corner kick.  With the game quickly shifting to a defensive battle, the Seawolves finally broke the tie in the 87’ and took home the victory.

Unfortunately for the ‘Canes, they were unable to capitalize, hitting both the post and crossbar in the final moments of the match.

The ‘Canes finished the regular season with a record of 7-2-3.

Prior to the start of the event, Reese Kelly and Misha Koyari were named to the ACAA first All-Conference team, while Emily Lepine and Kina Azuma were named to the second ACAA All-Conference team.

Connect with the women’s soccer ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/caneswsoccer andwww.instagram.com/caneswsoccer.



The Hurricanes travelled to Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday for a big semi-final playoff matchup with the Dalhousie University Tigers. The ‘Canes entered at 2-4 while the Tigers were 5-1 during the regular season.  The Tigers also had won the regular season matchup with Holland College on October 8, 26-1.

The Hurricanes embraced the underdog role on Saturday night on the road, impressing by keeping the game scoreless through the first quarter.

A safety and a Kyle Cameron touchdown, while relinquishing a touchdown to Dalhousie, had the Hurricanes ahead 9-7 at halftime and proving that they would be tough to beat.

Dalhousie took their first lead of the game after a safety and touchdown with 7:58 remaining in the third quarter to go up 16-9; they earned another safety before the end of the quarter to extend their lead to 18-9.

With momentum on their side after a Tyler Newson interception in the fourth, the ‘Canes put three on the board with two-minutes remaining thanks to a field goal.  They would push until the final whistle but ultimately fell, 18-12.

The Tigers will now face the UNB Reds next Saturday in the Atlantic Football League (AFL) Championship game.

Check back on Wednesday as we recognize the final Hurricanes Players of the Week for 2022.

Connect with the football ‘Canes at www.facebook.com/canesmfootball, www.twitter.com/canesmfootball and www.instagram.com/canesmfootball.


Women’s Volleyball

The women’s volleyball Hurricanes began their 2022-23 ACAA season at home this weekend, first hosting the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus (Dal AC) Rams on Saturday, before taking on the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies on Sunday; both games were played at the McMillan Centre in Charlottetown.

Saturday, Hurricanes 3, Dal AC 1 | Set scores, 25-21, 25-14, 23-25, 25-3.

Morgan White recorded an astonishing 20 aces in the win for the Hurricanes while also adding seven kills, and ten digs. Jenna O’Neill led the attack with ten kills with Makena Marble adding four.  Ella Hickey had 20 assists while Sam Richardson led the defense with 11 digs.


Sunday, Hurricanes 3, STU 1 | Set scores, 25-15, 25-13, 19-25, 25-19.

Morgan White led the attack on Sunday with ten kills along with five aces and a match-high 11 digs. Jenna O’Neill recorded nine kills, three aces, and five digs. Ella Hickey recorded 30 assists in the win. Kateia Barenaba and Charlotte Sweetapple recorded eight and seven aces respectively.

The ‘Canes are off to a 2-0 start to their regular season and will return to the court on Saturday when they visit the Université de Sainte-Anne (USTA) Dragons (2-0) and Sunday in Halifax versus the UKC Blue Devils (1-1).

Connect with the women’s volleyball ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/caneswvball and www.instagram.com/caneswvball.


Men’s Volleyball

It was back-to-back home games for the Hurricanes versus the STU Tommies at the McMillan Centre this weekend to open the 2022-23 ACAA regular season.

Saturday, Hurricanes 2, STU 3 | Set scores, 25-14, 22-25, 27-29, 25-18, 15-8.

Cameron Calhoun led the attack for the Hurricanes with 20 kills while Luke Hyde was close behind with 16.  Calhoun added three aces and seven digs with Hyde adding three aces and five digs.  Kiefer Sinclair had 39 assists, six kills, and four digs in the loss.  Tyler McBridge had 17 digs and five aces with Nathan Baker adding seven kills, three aces, and seven digs.


Sunday, Hurricanes 3, STU 2 | Set scores, 19-25, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 16-14.

Cameron Calhoun once again led the attack with 22 kills while adding 11 digs.  Luke Hyde and Carson Gray both had seven kills and six digs in the win. Kiefer Sinclair had 37 assists, three aces, and eight digs.

The ‘Canes are off to a 1-1 start to their season and will visit the USTA Dragons next weekend for a pair of road games.  The Dragons are 2-0 to start the season after back-to-back road wins to start the year over the UNBSJ Seawolves.

Connect with the men’s volleyball Hurricanes at www.twitter.com/canesmvball and www.instagram.com/canesmvball.


Women’s Basketball

The 2022-23 season got underway for the ‘Canes this weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a pair of games versus the UKC Blue Devils and Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics.

Saturday, Hurricanes 76, UKC 61

The ‘Canes trailed 18-13 after the first quarter, led 31-29 at the half, and 58-42 after three, before picking up the 15-point victory on the road.

Lisa Bolander led the way on offense with 17 points and four rebounds with Lauren Armstrong adding 13 points and six rebounds. Karla Benitez recorded a double-double with 11 points and 16 rebounds while Molly Stedman added 11 points and six rebounds and Amy Plaggenhoef recorded 11 points.


Sunday, Hurricanes 77, MSVU 94

The ‘Canes trailed 23-16 after one, 51-32 at the half, and 77-57 after three before dropping their first game of the season by 17 points.

Lisa Bolander had a game-high 27 points while Karla Benitez had her second double-double of the weekend with 15 points and 14 rebounds. Sheleese Hoilett recorded a double-double of her own with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The ‘Canes are 1-1 to start the season and are looking towards hosting their 2022 home opener this Friday at the McMillan Centre versus the Mount Allison University Mounties (1-0); tip-off is scheduled for 6pm.

Connect with the women’s basketball ‘Canes at www.twitter.com/caneswbball and www.instagram.com/hurricanesbball.


Men’s Basketball

It was an exceptional start to the regular season for the Hurricanes as they were on the road for two games against Halifax-rivals, the UKC Blue Devils and MSVU Mystics.

Saturday, Hurricanes 120, UKC 73

The ‘Canes led 33-28 after the first, 76-38 at the half, and 103-46 after 3, before closing out the fourth with a 47-point win.

Kyree Thompson scored 24 points off the bench to lead the scoring for the ‘Canes. Jalen Menzies and Jack MacAulay both had 16 points with Menzies adding four rebounds and four steals. Logan Rempel added a ten-point, ten rebound double-double in the win.


Sunday, Hurricanes 104, MSVU 90

The ‘Canes led 38-26 after the opening quarter, 59-50 at the half, and 84-64 after three, eventually taking the win by 14-points.

Kyree Thompson once again led the ‘Canes in scoring with 25 points off the bench. Logan Rempel added 21 points and five rebounds with Jalen Menzies and Jack MacAulay adding 19 and 17 points respectively.

The ‘Canes are off to a 2-0 start to the season and will be back in action on Friday when they host the Mounties (0-1) at 8pm in Charlottetown at the McMillan Centre.

Connect with the men’s basketball Hurricanes at www.twitter.com/canesmbball and www.instagram.com/hurricanesbball.


Women’s Cross Country Running

The Hurricanes cross country runners were in Moncton, New Brunswick on Saturday for the 2022 ACAA Championships, hosted by the Crandall University Chargers.

The women’s event was won by Tallulah MacNeil of the Mount Allison University Mounties, finishing the six-kilometre course in 25:16.4. The Hurricanes were represented by Tiana Trowsdale (tenth, 29:59.6), Tatiana Cevallos (22nd, 37:07.1) and Louisa Mackula-Theriault (25th, 40:40.4).

The Crandall Chargers were the women’s team champions at the event.


Men’s Cross Country Running

The men’s cross country running Hurricanes also had two competitors at the ACAA Championships on Saturday; they compete on the eight-kilometre course.

Sean Finnigan (30:33.9) was the winning runner from Crandall University, while Dalton Lecky (14th, 35:53.5) and Colton March (36:56.8) represented the ‘Canes in the championship.

The winning team was the Crandall University Chargers.

For full races results from the 2022 ACAA Cross Country Running Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.


For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.


For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, October 31, 2022