Brock’s turn at bat

Badgers com­pet­ing in On­tario base­ball, soft­ball cham­pi­onships this week­end

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - SPORTS - BERND FRANKE

Women’s rugby player Tay­lour Hurd and An­thony Stott of the men’s soc­cer team are the top ath­letes at Brock Uni­ver­sity for the week end­ing Sun­day.

Hurd, a firstyear child and youth stud­ies ma­jor from Oakville, scored one try and was a stand­out on de­fence in the Badgers’ loss to York in the On­tario Uni­ver­sity Athletics (OUA) quar­ter-fi­nals.

She fin­ished her rookie sea­son third in the prov­ince in scor­ing with 59 points.

Stott, a Strat­ford na­tive and fifth-year sport man­age­ment ma­jor, was out­stand­ing in goal in Brock’s 3-0 loss to sev­en­thranked York earn­ing player of the game hon­ours.

He made a ca­reer-high 14 saves in the match, in­clud­ing five point­blank saves in­side the goalie box in the sec­ond half.

Sea­son opens with road loss

It was déjà vu all over again when Brock played the Guelph Gryphons in men’s uni­ver­sity hockey.

Like the Steel Blade Clas­sic Sept. 15, Marty Wil­liamson’s first game as Badgers head coach, Wed­nes­day night’s sea­son opener ended with a loss to the Gryphons, this time by a 3-2 score.

Ay­den Mac­Don­ald, with the first goal of his OUA ca­reer, and Matt Ma­cLeod scored for Brock in the road loss.

Clint Wind­sor went all the way be­tween the pipes for the Badgers mak­ing 28 saves.

Brock’s home opener is Satur­day ver­sus the York Li­ons at Sey­mour-Han­nah Sports and En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre in St. Catharines. Face­off is set for 7:15 p.m.

In the Steel Blade Clas­sic, Guelph skated to a 5-3 vic­tory in front of a record-set­ting crowd at Merid­ian Cen­tre. The 4,975 at­ten­dance not only was the most for a sport event at Brock, but also set a record for a uni­ver­sity hockey game played in On­tario.

Soft­ball tops bat­ting or­der

Brock is among eight teams com­pet­ing at the On­tario In­ter­col­le­giate Women’s Fast­pitch As­so­ci­a­tion cham­pi­onships this week­end in Kitch­ener-Water­loo.

The Badgers will play the host Lau­rier Golden Hawks in their open­ing game Satur­day at Peter Hall­man Ball Yard in Kitch­ener. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

SportCanada.tv is broad­cast­ing round-robin games with play-by­play ac­tion from Bal­lPark Broad­cast­ing at http://sportcanada.tv/ oi­wfa.

Live-stream­ing is free of charge but do­na­tions from view­ers off­set costs to the stu­dent ath­letes.

Do­na­tions can be made via https://www.go­fundme.com/OI­WFA

Tour­na­ment sched­ule is avail­able on­line at http://www.oi­wfa.org/wb/me­dia/News%20 Sto­ries/Cham­pi­onship­s_brack­et_2017.pdf.

Brock’s turn at bat

The Brock Badgers should be well-rested when they face their first op­po­nent at the OUA base­ball cham­pi­onships tonight in Ajax.

Ac­tion gets un­der­way at 11 a.m. with the Ry­er­son Rams play­ing the Water­loo War­riors. The win­ner goes on to play the Badgers at 7 p.m.

Brock en­ters the 10-team tour­na­ment as the top seed af­ter fin­ish­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son a league-best 13-3.

Also re­ceiv­ing a first-round bye at the sin­gle-elim­i­na­tion tour­na­ment are the Lau­rier Golden Hawks, who fin­ished league play sec­ond in the con­fer­ence.

Semi­fi­nals are 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Satur­day with the bronze and gold medal games 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., re­spec­tively, Sun­day.

Badgers can’t tame Li­ons

Pre­vi­ously un­de­feated Brock’s hopes for a medal in women’s uni­ver­sity rugby were dashed by the York Li­ons in the open­ing round of the OUA play­ers.

Af­ter en­ter­ing the fi­nal half dead­locked 12-12, the host Li­ons put up 17 points be­fore the Badgers scored a try to cut the deficit to 29-17.

York went up 34-17 with seven min­utes re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion. With time tick­ing down, Brock added another try, but that would be as close as the Badgers would get in the 34-24 set­back.

They closed out the year with a 4-1 record.

Lau­ren Wilks, Tay­lour Hurd, Ni­amh Haughey and Kay­lah Moehling scored tries for the Badgers and Tay­lor Kneze­vich added a con­vert.

Pro­vin­cial scor­ing leader Mea­gan Hart was out of the Brock lineup re­cov­er­ing from an in­jury suf­fered in the team’s fi­nal game of the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Un­happy hosts

The vis­it­ing Queen’s Gaels jumped out to a 28-0 lead on their way to beat­ing Brock to re­main un­de­feated in men’s uni­ver­sity rugby.

The 66-15 loss to the top team in the OUA dropped the Badgers to 4-2 in league play.

Scor­ing tries for Brock were Ryan Hickey, Ste­vie Com­mer­ford and Dave Frodme, all in the sec­ond half.

With two games re­main­ing in the sea­son, the Badgers are cur­rently third in the prov­ince. They hope to close out strong against the West­ern Mus­tangs and Trent Ex­cal­ibur with the goal of clinch­ing home­field ad­van­tage for the first round of the play­offs.

2-0 in women’s hockey

Kim­berly Brown scored two min­utes into over­time to give Brock a 2-1 vic­tory over the Wind­sor Lancers in women’s uni­ver­sity hockey.

Amanda Ieradi, who col­lected an as­sist on Brown’s game win­ner, opened the scor­ing for the Badgers 12 min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod break­ing a score­less tie.

The pre-sea­son vic­tory was Brock’s sec­ond in as many starts. Rachel Rochat, Mag­gie Sprat­tMal­lick and Hai­ley McCal­lum each scored a goal and Jensen Mur­phy made 34 saves for the shutout in a 3-0 de­ci­sion over the York Li­ons.

Next ac­tion for the Badgers is Oct. 21-22 when they host the Queen’s Gaels and the Uni­ver­sity of On­tario In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy Ridge­backs, re­spec­tively, at the Sey­mour-Han­nah four­plex.

Win streak snapped

Af­ter los­ing three games in the board­room four days ear­lier, Brock lost another on the pitch in women’s uni­ver­sity soc­cer.

A 3-0 loss to the vis­it­ing York Li­ons snapped the Badgers’ three­game win­ning streak and dropped their record to 4-8-1 with three games re­main­ing in league play.

The record in­cludes one vic­tory and two ties Brock for­feited when the U Sports, for­merly Cana­dian Uni­ver­sity Sports, ruled that the Badgers had used an in­el­i­gi­ble player in four of their first five reg­u­lar sea­son games.

In Brock’s first game fol­low­ing the rul­ing Mar­ilena Spag­nolo recorded her fourth shutout in a row and Emily Arm­strong found the back of the net in a 1-0 vic­tory over the Guelph Gryphons, also at home.

The Badgers host the York Li­ons at Alumni Field at 1 p.m. Sun­day at Alumni Field.

PHOTO COUR­TESY BROCK UNI­VER­SITY

Brock goal­keeper An­thony Stott, right, was named the uni­ver­sity's male ath­lete of the week fol­low­ing a 14-save per­for­mance in a 3-0 loss to the York Li­ons in soc­cer.

Hurd

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