Banga and O’Leary named Brock Athletes of the Week
1/12/2015 | Men’s Ice Hockey
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University Male and Female Athletes of the Week Presented by Kully’s Original Sports Bar for the week ending January 11th are men’s hockey player Sammy Banga (Windsor, Ont.) and women’s volleyball player Karlinna O’Leary (Whitby, Ont.).
Banga, a second year Social Sciences major, helped lead the Brock men’s hockey team to a three-point weekend, highlighted by a 6-4 victory over the Queen’s Gaels Saturday night. In two games, Banga recorded five points adding one goal and one assist versus the UOIT Ridgebacks and two goals and one helper, including the game-winner, over Queen’s. He is currently second on the team in scoring with 18 points (11G, 7A) in 19 games. He is also tied for 6th in OUA goals with 11.
O’Leary, a third year Education major, helped lead the Brock women’s volleyball team to 3-1 victory over the Waterloo Warriors Sunday afternoon at home. In the match, O’Leary was outstanding defensively registering a game-high 29 digs, including a highlight reel dig late in the contest. She currently leads the OUA and CIS in digs (234) and digs per set (4.98) as she closes in on 800 career digs.
Badger wrestlers capture double gold at Brock University Open
1/11/2015 | Women’s Wrestling
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University men’s and women’s wrestling teams both captured team gold at the 2015 Brock Open.
The Brock women captured eight medals in total, led by gold medalists Kristina Mclaren (51kg), Carlene Sluberski (55kg) and Jessica Brouilette (63kg). Jade Parsons (51kg), Indira Moores (59kg), Keegan Collie (67kg) and Olivia Di Bacco (72kg) all finished second overall in their respective weight classes. Rounding out the Badgers top finishers were Marissa Sorrell (67kg) who finished third at 67kg and Emily Schaefer who was fourth at 55kg.
The Brock men won five different weight classes. Sam Jagas (57kg), Brian Cowan (61kg), Tyler Rowe (72kg), Matrixx Ferreira (76kg) and Andrii Vorontsov (100kg) all took home gold. Finishing in second place were Zack Falcioni (61kg), Nick Rowe (68kg) and CJ Hudson (72kg). Rounding out the men’s top finishers were Mitchell Winchester (61kg) and Ignatius Pitt (90kg).
Maclaren was named the Outstanding Women’s Wrestler while Tyler Rowe took home the Outstanding Men’s Wrestler award.
Brock women’s hockey open 2015 with shutout loss to Guelph
1/11/2015 | Women’s Ice Hockey
The Brock Badgers women’s hockey team (1-10-3) opened 2015 with a 4-0 shutout loss to the Guelph Gryphons (10-2-2).
The Gryphons opened a 2-0 first period on a goals scored 43 seconds apart by fifth year forward Kaitlyn Mora.
Kaitlyn Lowy would score the lone goal of the second period, while Kelly Gribbons rounded out the scoring with exactly one minute to play in the third.
Stephanie Nehring made 18 saves to record the shutout for Guelph.
Stephanie Loukes turned aside 35 shots between the pipes for the Badgers who went 0-for-1 on the powerplay.
Brock now welcomes the Ryerson Rams Friday night. Game time at the Seymour-Hannah Centre is 7:15 pm.
Brock women’s volleyball rolls past Warriors 3-1
1/11/2015 | Women’s Volleyball
ST CATHARINES, Ont – The Brock University women’s volleyball team ( 6-7 OUA) defeated the Waterloo Warriors (2-10 OUA) by the score of 3-1 (25-20, 25-10, 22-25, 25-23), Sunday afternoon, at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
The two teams traded points in the opening set before Brock eventually knotched it’s first win of the game, by the score of 25-20. Brock controlled the second frame taking the set 25-10.
The Warriors weren’t to be outdone just yet, taking a hard fought win out of the third frame, which saw both teams with chances to win the set. Waterloo battled back in the final game, but a highlight reel dig by Brock’s Karlinna O’Leary turned the match in the Badgers favour, leading to the 3-1 victory for the home side.
Leading the Badgers attack were Renee Helmer (14 kills, 8 digs), Stacie Thomas (11 kills, 2 digs), and Abby Jenkins (10 kills, 7 digs) who each reached double digits kills in Sunday’s matinee. Maddie Brown rounded out Brock’s offence, tallying seven kills and three digs. Lauren Stirling reached 1400 career assists with another strong performance where the senior collected a game-high 38 helpers. The Badgers defence was led by O’Leary, who added a match-high 29 digs in the victory.
Waterloo’s offence was led by Claire Mckenzie, Sammie Gwodz, and Shannon Lodoen who registered 13, seven, and seven respective kills. Warrior setter, Emily Needles, tallied 28 assists in the loss, while Bartmann helped out on defence collecting 18 digs in the match.
The Badgers hit .220 for the match, tallying 49 kills and 18 errors on 141 total attempts. Waterloo finished with a .098 hitting percentage collecting 37 kills and 23 errors 143 total attempts.
The Badgers return to action this Friday, January 16 when they welcome the Guelph Gryphons to Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Brock Badgers Men’s Hockey defeat Queen’s to record three point weekend
1/10/2015 | Men’s Ice Hockey
The Brock Badgers men’s hockey team (9-8-2) earned an important three point weekend after defeating the Queen’s Gaels (8-10-1) 6-4 Saturday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.
The Badgers lost in double overtime to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks 4-3 on Friday.
In Saturday’s win Brock opened a 3-0 first period lead. Sammy Banga paced the Badgers with two goals and one assist, while Andrew Radjenovic had two goals. Taylor Fielding and Gregory Jambrosich added singles. Kaine Geldart chipped in with two helpers.
Banga now leads Brock in goals with 11, while Radjenovic is tops in points with 24.
Clint Windsor made 36 saves to pick up the win in goal.
“I thought the start of the game was key for us with Daniel Zweep, Ryan Purvis and Spencer Turcotte all throwing body checks,” said Badgers assistant coach Mike Macdonald. “That was a great energy line all night. Taylor Fielding was strong as well, and our defence as a whole was good. Windsor played strong, and our powerplay was better than Friday. A three point weekend is definitely good for the team.”
Brock now visits Ryerson on Thursday night and Guelph on Friday before welcoming Western on Wednesday night January 21st. Game time at the Seymour-Hannah Centre is 7:15 pm.
Brock men’s basketball falls to Thunderwolves 86-79
1/10/2015 | Men’s Basketball
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Brock University men’s basketball team fell to Lakehead Thunderwolves by the score of 86-79 Saturday night at the Thunderdome. With the loss, the Badgers drop to 3-6 in the OUA Central Division while Lakehead improves to 5-4.
The two teams exchanged baskets early on, before the host Thunderwolves went on a 15-2 run over the final six minutes of the opening quarter, leading 29-12 after 10 minutes.
The Badgers battled back in the second quarter, putting together a 15-3 run of their own, cutting the Lakehead lead to one, 42-41. The T-Wolves Mor Menashe knocked down two shots late in the second quarter to put his team ahead 47-41 at the break.
In the third quarter, Brock rookie Johneil Simpson (Toronto, Ont.) would drain a three late to make it 64-61 in favour of Lakehead. Once again it was Menashe hitting two clutch shots in the final minute, including a big three, to put Lakehead up 69-63 after three quarters.
Brock brought the game within one point early in the fourth quarter, 71-70, but could never gain the lead after a slow start. Lakehead closed out the game going 5-for-6 from the free throw line to secure the victory.
The Badgers had four starters in double figures led by sophomore Dani Elgadi (Waterloo, Ont.) who recorded 20 points and three rebounds. Simpson contributed with 16 points and six boards while senior Matt Marshall (Burlington, Ont.) and junior Zachary Angelini (Hamilton, Ont.) chipped in with 14 and 11 points respectively in the loss. Marshall led all Brock players with eight rebounds.
Lakehead lineup had six players reach double digits led by Dwayne Harvey who registered 17 points and six rebounds. Anthony McIntosh and Mor Menashe both add 16 points each while Jamar Coke, Alex Robichaud and Becarius Dinkins collected 13, 12 and 11 points respectively. Dinkins was one rebound shy of the double-double pulling down nine boards.
For the game, the Badgers shot 46.2% (30-for-65) from the field, 29.4% (5-for-17) from beyond the arc and 70.0% (14-for-20) from the charity stripe. Lakehead finished the contest shooting 50.8% (32-for-63) from the floor including 44.4% (8-for-18) from three-point land. They struggled from the free throw line going just 14-for-26 (53.8%).
Brock will continue their road schedule next weekend when they take on the Nipissing Lakers and Laurentian Voyageurs.
Brock women’s basketball drops 75-58 decision to Lakehead
1/10/2015 | Women’s Basketball
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Brock University women’s basketball team fell to 3-6 in the OUA Central Division dropping a 75-58 decision to the Lakehead Thunderwolves Saturday night at the Thunderdome.
The two teams played an even first half and were tied 30-30 after 20 minutes.
In the third quarter, the Thunderwolves opened with a 10-0 run and outscored the Badgers 21-7 to take a commanding 51-37 lead after 30 minutes, on route to their sixth conference victory of the season. Lakehead now sits in first place in the OUA Central Division.
Brock was led by rookie Melissa Tatti (Ancaster, Ont.) who recorded 18 points. Senior Katie Harpur (NOTL, Ont.) contributed with 10 points and seven rebounds, while senior Kayla Santilli (Brantford, Ont.) and sophomore Alexandra Symonds (Pelham, Ont.) chipped in with nine and eight points respectively.
Lakehead fifth year senior and the OUA leading scorer Jylisa Williams recorded a game-high 31 points. Also in double figures were Essa Jacobsen (16 points), Katelyn Andrea (10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists) and Katie Ulakovic (10 points).
The Badgers shot 36.9% (24-for-65) from the field, just 17.6% (3-for-17) from three-point range and 70.0% (7-for-10) from the free throw line. Lakehead went 30-for-66 (47.6%) from the field, 4-for-16 (25.0%) from beyond the arc and 11-for-16 (68.8%) from the charity stripe. The Thunderwolves also outrebounded Brock 39-26.
Brock will continue their road schedule next weekend when they take on the Nipissing Lakers and Laurentian Voyageurs.
Brock men’s basketball opens second half with 76-73 victory over Lakehead
1/9/2015 | Men’s Basketball
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Brock University men’s basketball team opened the second half of the regular season with a 76-73 road victory over the Lakehead Thunderwolves Friday night at the Thunderdome.
The host Thunderwolves jumped out to an early 8-2 lead and held just a one point lead, 23-22 after 10 minutes. The two teams played an even second quarter with Lakehead holding onto a 48-44 lead at the half.
To open the third quarter, rookie Johneil Simpson (Toronto, Ont.) knocked down three straight field goals, tying the game 51-51 with 8:20 left in the quarter. There would be three more ties in the quarter, before Brock closed out the third with a 6-3 run leading 66-63 at the end of 30 minutes.
In the final quarter, the two teams would add just 10 points each, but it was Brock sophomore Nolan Mackenzie (Oakville, Ont.) and junior Zachary Angelini (Hamilton, Ont.) combining for a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line in final minute to secure the victory.
Brock had four players in double digits led by Simpson who led all scorers with a game-high 26 points, highlighted by 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Angelini contributed with 14 points including a perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line. Matt Marshall (Burlington, Ont.) chipped in with 12 points and six rebounds while Yusuf Ali (Toronto, Ont.) finished with 11 points in the victory.
For Lakehead, Jamar Coke added 12 points off the bench to lead the way. Bacarius Dinkins and Alex Robichaud collected 11 points each in the loss.
For the game, the Badgers went 27-for-67 (40.3%) from the field including 7-for-18 (38.9%) from beyond the arc. They were also 15-for-18 (83.3%) from the charity stripe. The Thunderwolves shot 49.1% (28-for-57) from the field, 38.9% (7-for-18) from long range and 83.3% (10-for-12) from the free throw line.
The two teams are back in action Saturday night. Tip-off is 8pm at the Thunderdome.
Brock Badgers Men’s Hockey battle back to pick up point against UOIT
1/9/2015 | Men’s Ice Hockey
The Brock Badgers men’s hockey team (8-8-2) battled back to pick up a point in a 4-3 overtime loss to the University of Technology Institute of Technology Ridgebacks (8-9-1) Friday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.
The Badgers trailed 3-0 in the first period before Taylor Fielding scored 16:24 into the middle stanza to break the shutout.
Brock would then two goals 61 seconds apart late in the third period to send the game to overtime, as Sammy Banga and Jordan Gignac bulged the twine for the homeside.
The first overtime period (4 on 4) solved nothing. Then 1:42 into the second extra period (3 on 3) Kevin George would beat Clint Windsor on a clear cut breakaway to seal the deal for the visitors.
The Badgers outshot the Ridgebacks 43-31 overall including 21-6 in the third period.
Jesse Stoughton and Mike Robinson on the powerplay, and Jordan Ramsay had the other UOIT goals, while Brendan O’Neil picked up the win in goal.
Brock now welcomes Queen’s Saturday night to the Seymour-Hannah Centre. Game time is 7:15 pm.
Brock women’s basketball falls to Thunderwolves 65-55
1/9/2015 | Women’s Basketball
THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Brock University women’s basketball team dropped a 65-55 decision to the Lakehead Thunderwolves at the Thunderdome Friday night on the road.
The Badgers closed out the final two and a half minutes of the opening quarter with a 7-2 run lead 20-13 after one quarter. In the second quarter, the host Thunderwolves battled back and put together an 8-2 run over the final five minutes to take a 37-32 lead at the half.
Brock outcored Lakehead 7-0 in the opening two minutes of the third quarter to regain the lead 39-37. Lakehead battled right back with an 8-0 run of their own over the next minute leading 45-39 with 6:41 left in the quarter. The Thunderwolves led 49-45 at the end of 30 minutes.
Brock sophomore Kira Cornellisen (Aylmer, Ont.) would knock down a jumper to make it a two-point game 49-47 to open the fourth quarter. Lakehead would then go on a 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the game 59-47 with just over six minutes left in regulation. The two teams went cold in the final three minutes combining for just 1 of 10 from the field. Lakehead went 4-for-5 from the charity stripe in the final two minutes to secure the home victory.
Leading the Thunderwolves was the OUA leading scorer Jylisa Williams who finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Also in double figures were Katie Ulakovic and Katelyn Andrea who contributed with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Brock senior Jenalyn Yumol (London, Ont.) registered 13 points, while Cornellisen and rookie Melissa Tatti (Ancaster, Ont.) chipped in with eight points each in the loss.
For the game, Brock shot 42.1% (24-for-57) from the field, 33.3% (6-for-18) from beyond the arc and only went to the free throw line three times going 1-for-3 (33.3%). Lakehead shot 32.9% (23-for-70) from the floor including 33.3% (6-for-18) from three-point land and were 13-for-20 (65.0%) from the charity stripe.
The two teams are back in action Saturday night. Tip-off is 6pm at the Thunderdome.
Brock women’s curling to represent Canada at international bonspiel
1/9/2015 | Women’s Curling
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University women’s curling team will be representing Canada at the fourth annual Yichun International Women’s Bonspiel being held Jan. 15 to 19 in China.
The Brock team will be made up of skip Erin Macaulay (Whitby, Ont.), vice Terri Weeks (McDougall, Ont.), second Danielle Robinson (Dundas, Ont.), lead Joanna Francolini (London, Ont.) and head coach Murray Etherington.
“This is a huge honour to represent Canada and will be a great experience for the student-athletes and myself,” said Brock Curling head coach Murray Etherington.
“We would like to thank the Canadian Curling Association for choosing Brock to represent Canada at such a prestigious international event. We have had some great success over the past few years and this is a boost for the Brock curling program and Brock Athletics.”
The team leaves Monday from Toronto and arrives in Beijing the next day. The trip is a 14-hour flight with a 12-hour time difference. They will stay in Beijing overnight and fly to Haerbin and then a bus to Yichun, which is an hour from the Russian border.
There are five international teams and three Chinese teams in the competition.
“To travel to China and compete in a sport that you love, is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said Brock assistant athletic director Chris Critelli. “We are so pleased that coach Murray Etherington and our women’s curling team were invited to participate in such a prestigious event.”
“In the true Olympic spirit, sport is education.”
Earlier this season the Badgers placed first at the Trent Bonspiel posting a 5-1 record. They will be competing at the Ontario University Athletics curling championships being held in Guelph from Feb. 19 to 23.
2015 Brock University Invitational Bonspiel Schedule
1/6/2015 | Men’s Curling
2015 Brock University Invitational Bonspiel Schedule