Oct. 1 Niagara College Report
Fonthill’s Michelle Maecker scored three times last week to become Niagara College’s women’s soccer team’s all-time leading goal scorer with 11. Photo Special to BPSN by RYAN MCCULLOUGH.
A pair of local soccer players were named Niagara College’s female and male athletes of the week
Fonthill’s Michelle Maecker and Welland’s Noah DiEgidio were selected from last week’s action.
Maecker was an easy choice after becoming the Knights’ career goals leader with 11, after recording three goals in two games.
The second-year recreation therapy student scored twice in a 3-1 win over the visiting Lambton Lions and added another in a 2-1 doubling of the Mohawk Mountaineers. The E.L. Crossley grad now has five goals on the season and sits in a tie for 10th place in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association goal scoring list.
Knights Head Coach Rob Lalama had a simple explanation why Maecker is now Niagara’s all-time leading scorer.
“Michelle is a pure goal scorer with a rocket of a shot,” he said. “She is a tireless worker who has a knack of scoring anywhere near the net.”
Kaitlyn Mix also scored for Niagara versus Lambton and Sarah Paley recorded the victory in net, filling in for an absent Alexis Hebert.
Mix also scored versus Mohawk and Hebert made 17 saves to notch the win in goal.
Niagara hosts Redeemer Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Youngs Sportsplex in Welland. Admission is free.
NIAGARA’S BEST MAN
In earning male athlete of the week honours, DiEgidio played a key role in a 3-1 win over Lambton and a 3-2 shading of the Mohawk Mountaineers 3-2.
The second-year electrical engineering technology student netted his third goal of the season in the victory over Mohawk.
“Noah sets a good example for the younger players and is respected by veterans on our team,” head coach Frank DeChellis said. “He contributed a goal against Mohawk while also filling in at some new spots while the team works through injuries.”
Scoring for Niagara versus Lambton were Zach DeWeerd, Jordi Amores of St. Catharines and Dean Miller of Port Colborne. Romario James made two saves to record the win goal.
Jones was injured in the game versus Mohawk and Niagara Falls native Nolan Bradshaw earned the victory after replacing Jones in the 10th minute.
Governor Simcoe product Oti Frigole potted his fifth and sixth goals of the season to lead Niagara. The St. Catharines native is tied for ninth in league scoring.
Niagara host the Redeemer Royals Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Youngs Sportsplex. Admission is free.
Niagara’s men’s basketball team defeated Algonquin 78-67, Vanier 99-78 and St. Lawrence 80-74 to capture the 24th Annual St. Lawrence Men’s Basketball Tournament.
“I was very happy with our effort, teamwork and resiliency in this early tournament,” Niagara head coach Phil Mosley said. “We are attempting to establish an identity as a team and build each game to be better players and a better team.
“I am excited for the upcoming season and the opportunity to work with a great group of young men.”
Van Hutchison Jr. was selected tournament MVP and Ridley College grad Livingston Bromwell was selected as a tournament all-star.
Leading the way for Niagara versus Algonquin were: Hutchison Jr., 23 points and seven rebounds; Kevin Cooper, 15 points; Bromwell, 12 points and 10 boards; and, Jose Ramos, 10 points and five rebounds.
Performing well versus Vanier were: Hutchison Jr., 28 points and eight rebounds; Bromwell, 17 points and seven boards; Governor Simcoe grad Rahim Bardi, 11 points and three rebounds; and, Dave Morrison, 11 points.
Topping the stat sheet for Niagara against St. Lawrence were: Hutchison Jr., 15 points and seven rebounds; Bromwell, 18 points; and, Keyeshawn Padachey, 16 points.
Niagara opens its season Oct. 19 at home versus Redeemer.
Niagara men’s golf team finished in a tie for fourth, 14 shots behind the winners from Brock, at the annual Niagara Knights held at Grand Niagara Golf Club.
Chris Hallbord led the way for the Knights finishing in sixth place with a three over par 75. Matthew Gibson (77), Spencer Gates (78), Marshall Pemberton (79), and Logan Lammerant (80) rounded out the field for Niagara.
Those five players are presently representing Niagara at the 2018 OCAA Championships at the Fire Rock Golf Club in Komoka. Niagara is the defending Division II OCAA Champions.
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