Foot­ball Lancers come up short against Hawks

Gi­rard throws for 262 yards and pair of touch­downs in sec­ond-to-last game

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - JIM PARKER jp­parker@post­media.com

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.

WECSSAA TEN­NIS

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.

VALCKE PRAISED

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.

DAN JANISSE

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.

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