Football Lancers come up short against Hawks
Girard throws for 262 yards and pair of touchdowns in second-to-last game
The University of Windsor Lancers watched an upset bid fade in the second half on Friday against the No. 7-ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.
The Lancers built a four-point lead at the half, but Laurier scored 21-unanswered points in the third quarter and beat the visiting Lancers 39-24 before a crowd of 4,498 in OUA football action.
“I thought we played very well in the first half,” Lancers head coach Joe D’Amore said. “We just made two or three costly errors in the third quarter that gave them the lead and we could never recover.” Windsor quarterback Sam Girard completed 25 of 40 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He hit Alex Bornais with a 14-yard scoring pass and Cody Knights with a 34-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.
Kicker Clark Green hit on two field goals, two converts and Windsor (1-6) was credited with two safeties against Laurier (4-3). “The kids kept battling, but ultimately we are not strong enough to recover from those types of mistakes,” D’Amore said. Windsor heads home next Saturday to close out the season against No. 9-ranked McMaster (4-2). “Next week, the focus is to send the graduating players off with a win and build some momentum for next year,” D’Amore said.
A sweep of the boys’ and girls’ doubles titles helped Academie Ste. Cecile capture the WECSSAA high school tennis title. Manaav Mehta and Daniel Duan beat the Holy Names duo of Andrew Culmone and Matthew Marrocco 8-5 in the boys’ doubles while Mia Petretta and Eesha Atikukke beat Ste. Cecile schoolmates Hannah Malus and Teodora Taleski 8-3 in the girls’ doubles titles. General Amherst’s Matteo Palumbo beat Essex’s Rhett Bellaire 8-4 for the boys’ singles title while Riverside’s Nattie Yamamoto took the girls’ singles title with an 8-2 win over Ste. Cecile’s Eunice Chu. Riverside’s Aidan Afonso and Aleksandra Radevski beat Vista Academy’s Petar Spanovic and Kailyn Robertson 8-5 in the mixed doubles final.
In the SWOSSAA open division, Massey took the team title with Riya Kaur taking the girls’ singles title with an 8-5 win over L’Essor’s Amy Llancari. The Holy Names duo of Kristina Marrocco and Mia Macra beat Massey ’s Julia Dragan and Alanna Olteanu 8-7 (7-5) in the girls’ doubles title while Massey’s Luka David fell 8-5 in the boys’ singles final to Lambton-Central’s Matt Mueller.
Windsor native Tom Valcke is being praised for his work with Hong Kong ’s national men’s baseball team.
Valcke took on the manager’s role in March and guided Hong Kong from 41st in the world to 28th in the latest rankings. The United States is ranked No. 1 and Canada isNo.9.
Hong Kong had a solid showing at the 2018 Asian Cup as well as the 2018 Asian Games under Valcke, who was working on a seven-month grant that ended in September.
Hong Kong is hoping for a similar grant to bring Valcke, who now resides in Stratford, back in 2019.
Next week (against No. 9 McMaster), the focus is to send the graduating players off with a win and build some momentum for next year.
University of Windsor Lancers quarterback Sam Girard had a strong outing Friday, but it wasn’t enough to topple the nationally ranked Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA football action in Waterloo.