Using ineligible player costs Brock dearly
Brock men’s soccer goalie Anthony Stott was named Brock’s athlete of the week. Photo by SHAWN WHITELEY
The Brock women’s soccer team recently had four games changed to 1-0 losses following a USports ruling that the Badgers had used an ineligible player in four of the team’s first five regular season’s games.
Among the games changed to losses were a 1-1 tie with Waterloo, a 2-2 tie against Wilfrid Laurier and a 1-0 victory over Guelph. As a result, the Badgers’ record now sits at 4-8-1.
The eligibility violation was reviewed and verified, and as a result, games in which the Brock University athlete participated in are forfeited,” said an Ontario University Athletics release dated Oct. 5.
Brock athletic director Neil Lumsden described the use of an ineligible player as an oversight and called the situation a learning experience.
“This is a very unfortunate situation but the coaches and players will not let this setback derail their goal of finishing the season on a positive note and making the playoffs,” he said.
Bpsportsniagara.ca was unable to reach Lumsden for comment.
The ineligible player is no longer with the team.
“This is a huge setback for us but we can’t let off the field factors impact our performances on the field,” Brock head coach Kevin Trethowan said. “Playoffs are still within reach and we will still be pushing to make them.”
OUA FOOTBALL ROUNDUP
Saint Paul grad Harry McMaster caught five pass for 114 yards, including a 46-yard TD grab, to help the Western Mustangs to a 51-14 romp over the Carleton Ravens in OUA football action.
Lakeshore Catholic product Cole Majoros has two catches for 23 yards for the Mustangs.
For Carleton, Westlane alumnus Wilson Birch has three catches for 46 yards and Ravens kicker Mike Domagala (Holy Cross) recorded two solo tackles.
In Waterloo’s 68-17 crowning at the hands of Queen’s, former A.N. Myer star Tre Ford completed 12 of 21 passes for 161 yards and had 10 carries for 83 yards. Brother Tyrell had five solo tackles and one assisted tackle.
And finally, in Laurier’s 53-31 win over York, Holy Cross grad Mario Villamizar had a solo tackle.
Looking through the OUA statistical categories: Tre Ford is 13th in passing yardage (37-55 for 530 yards), fifth in rushing yardage (63 carries for 553 yards) and tied for fourth in touchdowns (four); Guelph’s Johnny Augustine (Notre Dame Welland) lead the league in TDs (eight), is tied for eighth in scoring (48 points) and is 12th in rushing (64 carries for 377 yards); Domagala is tied for eighth in scoring (48 points), is second in punting average (41 yards) and seventh in field goal percentage (11-15 or 73 per cent); Tyrell Ford is fourth in kick return average (21.1 yards) and 13th in all-purpose yards (735 yards); and, McMaster is seventh in receiving yards with 26 catches for 481 yards.
BADGERS VS. BULLYING
Brock men’s basketball coach Charles Kissi and his team will be hosting 800 elementary school students at the Badgers vs. Bullying awareness event Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It is the third year Brock has hosted the program which helps to educate youth about various social issues.
“I want them to know that they’re never alone,” Kissi said. “They might be thinking they’re going through this on their own but there’s always someone else who is also experiencing it, or who is there to help you.”
Other speakers are local business leader Alex Digenis and Joe Rocca from the Niagara River.
Following the presentations, Brock will play the Redeemer Royals at 10:50 a.m.
The Brock men’s soccer team lost 3-0 to ninth-ranked York despite a career-high 14 saves by Brock goalie Anthony Stott.
Stott, a fifth year sports management student from from Stratford, made five point-blank saves in the loss to earn Brock male athlete of the week and player of the game honours.
The women also lost 3-0 to York in a game that saw Marilena Spagnola’s shutout streak end at 463 minutes.
The Brock women’s hockey team went 2-0 in recent exhibition action, blanking York 3-0 and doubling Windsor 2-1.
Jensen Murphy made 34 saves to record the shutout and Brock goals were scored by Rachel Rochat, Maggie Sprat-Mallick, Hailey McCallum, Kimberly Brown and Amanda Ieradi. Beamsville’s Annie Berg had an assist in the win over York.
Brock’s women’s rugby team ended its season with a 4-1 record following a 34-24 loss to York in the OUA quarter-finals.
Scoring tries for Brock were Lauren Wilks, Taylor Hurd, Niamh Haughey and Kaylah Moehling.
Hurd, an Oakville native enrolled in child and youth studies, was named Brock’s female athlete of the week. In her rookie season, she finished third in OUA scoring with 59 points, including 11 tries.
Brock’s men’s rugby team fell to 4-2 on the season following a 66-15 thumping at the hands of Queen’s. Recording tries for the Badgers were Ryan Hickey, Stevie Commerford and David Frodme.
NIAGARA’S BEST MAN
Woodstock native Andrew Currie has been named this week’s Niagara College male athlete of the week.
The fourth-year defender on the men’s soccer team had a strong game defensively and scored in the final minute as Niagara battled to a 1-1 draw with Mohawk.
Niagara head coach Frank DeChellis praised Currie’s ability to stay involved with the attack and create channels for runs down the flanks. Currie’s leadership and his ability to control the backfield has helped Niagara to a 5-1-1 record and second place in their division.
NIAGARA’S TOP FEMALE
Earning Niagara College’s female athlete of the week award was women’s soccer player Alexis Hebert.
The rookie from Waterdown made 23 saves in a scoreless draw versus Mohawk. Since returning from injury, Hebert has been outstanding, recording three shutouts and helping her team to a 2-0-1 record.
Her impressive performance this week against the Mountaineers demonstrated how important she is to Niagara’s fortunes.
Under new head coach Mike Hurley, the Niagara men’s basketball team improved to 4-1 in exhibition play with a 82-52 victory over the Hilbert College Hawks from Hamburg, N.Y.
Leading the way for Niagara was Knights was second-year forward Jordan Wilson who netted 26 points, including 12 in the final quarter.
Led by an eighth-place showing by Logan Lammerant (75-76-15), the Niagara men’s golf team won a gold medal in Division 2 of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association championship played at Crimson Ridge golf club in Sault Ste. Marie.