Aca­dia in ac­tion

Wins for hockey, vol­ley­ball, while Aca­dia swim­mers bring home medals from AUS

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The hockey Ax­e­men built on their win­ning streak with two week­end wins to fin­ish the reg­u­lar sea­son on a high note.

The 8-5 win Feb. 11 against St. FX and the 2-1 win over Dal­housie means Aca­dia se­cured a bye in the first round of the play­offs and will move di­rectly to the semi­fi­nals, where they will face the win­ner of the St. Fx-monc­ton se­ries.

The Feb. 11 game was fifthyear Ax­e­men Brett Thomp­son’s fi­nal reg­u­lar-sea­son game, which he ended with a third-pe­riod goal that ended up be­ing the game win­ner. Thomp­son’s goal meant he moved up to the ninth spot in the Aca­dia all-time points list, with 151 reg­u­lar sea­son points. In­clud­ing play­off points, Thomp­son has 67 (60 reg­u­lar sea­son) goals and 104 (91 reg­u­lar sea­son) as­sists while suited up for the Ax­e­men.

Brendan Childer­ley and Kyle Far­rell each added two goals to the win­ning ef­fort, while Bos­ton Leier picked up a power play goal. Other Aca­dia goals came from Michael Clarke and Tay­lor Makin.

Makin pointed out the im­por­tance of the win for the Ax­e­men.

“It’s big for us. It was nice get­ting a win be­fore head­ing into the play­offs,” Makin told Aca­dia Ath­let­ics af­ter the game.

“We’ll prob­a­bly face them in the se­cond round if things go the way they should. Nice to get some con­fi­dence against them.”

Aca­dia goalie Robert Steeves turned aside 28 of 33 shots, while X-men goalie, Brandon Hope, stopped 28 of 34 shots on the night.

The pre­vi­ous night, Aca­dia picked up a 2-1 win against Dal­housie, thanks to a power play goal by Ge­off Schemitsch and a short-handed goal from Childer­ley.

Bas­ket­ball loss

Both the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams were bested by Saint Mary’s Feb. 11 in nail­biters, with the women drop­ping a close 59-58 de­ci­sion and the men los­ing 93-90.

For the women, Paloma An­der­son paced all scor­ers with 20 points in the loss for Aca­dia, which dropped to 7-9 and con­trol the sixth and fi­nal play-off spot with 18 points.

A trio of Ax­e­women – Alexandra Berry, Chanel Smith and Port Wil­liams na­tive Ha­ley Mcdon­ald – each added eight points.

On the men’s side, it all came down to one goal – a three-point buzzer-beater by Saint Mary’s that was enough to break a tie and win the game.

Ben Miller led scor­ing for Aca­dia with 21 points and seven as­sists. All five of Aca­dia’s starters scored in dou­ble-dig­its, with Trevon Grant adding a dou­ble­dou­ble with 10 re­bounds to go along with his 11 points.

The men’s team now sits in sixth in the stand­ings, with eight wins and eight losses to their credit.

Both the men’s and women’s teams are next in ac­tion Feb. 17, when Aca­dia hosts St. FX.

Vol­ley­ball vic­tory

It’s been a tough sea­son for Aca­dia’s women’s vol­ley­ball team, but the Ax­e­women pulled off a win against Saint Mary’s Feb. 10, go­ing 3-1 to snap a ninegame los­ing streak.

The Ax­e­women, who were elim­i­nated from the post sea­son sev­eral weeks ago, im­prove to 4-15 with a hard fought match against the Huskies, who came into the Feb. 10 game with a 10-7 record.

Ax­e­women Pey­ton De­wolfe and Lau­ryn Ren­zella led Aca­dia with seven kills each. Han­nah Helm added four timely kills and two ser­vice aces. De­wolfe had a team high five ser­vice aces in the open­ing set. De­wolfe, Mi­caela Sabean and Kai­ley Evans shared the de­fen­sive digs with 20, 16 and 23 re­spec­tively.

“We em­pha­sized de­fense this week in prac­tice, es­pe­cially with hard driven balls and adapt­ing our po­si­tion­ing to some of SMU’S spe­cific hit­ters,” com­mented se­nior mid­dle Fiona Mcguinty told Aca­dia Ath­let­ics af­ter the match. “At the net, we trained re­ally hard this week on block­ing as well which I think paid off dur­ing the game.”

The los­ing streak, Mcguinty said, has been dif­fi­cult for the team.

“It has been a tough few weeks - but our ef­fort lev­els have no­tice­ably in­creased in prac­tice,” she said.

“We’re work­ing on lots of pres­sure sit­u­a­tions as well. I’m re­ally happy with our re­sults tonight be­cause it demon­strates that we’re ready to keep im­prov­ing and fight­ing no mat­ter what.”

Aca­dia swim­ming

Three Aca­dia swim­mers - Adam Deutsch (200m breast­stroke), Brett Liem (50m freestyle) and Alison Maceach­ern (200m but­ter­fly) - each cap­tured gold in their re­spec­tive events, lead­ing Aca­dia to 10 medals at the 2017 AUS Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships.

In to­tal, Aca­dia swim­mers brought home three gold, four sil­ver and three bronze medals from the cham­pi­onships, held at UPEI last week­end.

“I’m over the moon,” said Aca­dia head coach Gary Mac­don­ald told Aca­dia Ath­let­ics. “Our kids took a while to get the wins, but we had three straight tonight. For a de­vel­op­ing team, we’re pretty pumped.”

Liem also claimed sil­ver in the 50m But­ter­fly, while team­mate Patrick Henger took se­cond place in the 200m But­ter­fly and his brother Ben Henger was awarded a sil­ver medal in the 100m Back­stroke.

On the women’s side, Ni­cole Wind­sor cap­tured her se­cond medal of the cham­pi­onship with a bronze in the 50m But­ter­fly. Han­nah Do­rion fin­ished se­cond in the 200m Breast­stroke.

The 800m Freestyle Re­lay reaped ad­di­tional medals, with the Ax­e­women cap­tur­ing bronze and the Ax­e­men took home sil­ver.

“Day 2 was a con­tin­u­ance of Day 1, where the Ax­e­men came to com­pete and rat­tled off prob­a­bly their best night of fi­nals in two years,” said Mac­don­ald. “Af­ter a few close calls and sev­eral sil­ver and bronze medals they fi­nally ar­rived at gold with three vic­to­ries”

ACA­DIA ATH­LET­ICS

Aca­dia’s 8-5 win Feb. 11 against St. FX se­cured a first-week play­off bye for the Ax­e­men as they fin­ished the reg­u­lar hockey sea­son with a bang.

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