1/26/2015 | Women’s Wrestling
LONDON, Ont. – The nationally ranked Brock University men’s and women’s wrestling teams competed at the Western Open this past weekend. The women captured first place, while the men finished third overall.
The Brock women finished with 44 points, ahead of second place Western (39) and third place McMaster (28). The Badgers collected three golds, with Emily Schaefer (59kg), Marissa Sorrell (67kg) and Olivia Di Bacco (72kg) winning their respective weight class. Other Brock finishers included Chelcie Morris-Armstrong (4th – 48kg), Kristina Mclaren (4th – 55kg), Farrantina Gatta (5th – 48kg) and Liisa Wainman (5th – 55kg).
Brock club wrestler Jessica MacDonald captured gold at 48kg.
The Brock men finished with 32 points, behind Western (48) and McMaster (37). Matrixx Ferreira captured gold at 82kg while Luke Roberts (65kg) and Matt Jagas (68kg) both took home silver in their respective weight class. Lenford Morris (57kg) and Ignatius Pitt (90kg) rounded out the Badgers results placing fourth overall.
Some of the Brock wrestlers will compete at the Ontario Junior Provincials January 31st.
1/26/2015 | Men’s Basketball
The Brock University Male and Female Athletes of the Week Presented by Kully’s Original Sports Bar for the week ending January 25th are men’s basketball player Matt Marshall (Burlington, Ont.) and women’s hockey player Christina Ieradi (Maple, Ont.).
Marshall, a fourth year, Humanities major, helped lead the Brock men’s basketball team to an 84-80 come from behind victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks. Marshall led the way with 21 points and 18 rebounds for the double-double. He went 7-for-14 (50.0%) from the field 7-for-8 (87.5%) from the charity stripe and chipped in with four assists. He is currently tied for third in OUA rebounding averaging 9.7 rebounds per game.
Ieradi, a first year Community Recreation major, continued to have a strong rookie season with the Brock women’s hockey team. In two games this past weekend, Ieradi recorded three goals, including a two-goal performance in a shootout loss to the No. 4 ranked Queen’s Gaels. She is currently tied for second in the OUA in goals with 11 and ranks second on the Badgers in scoring with 14 points in 18 games.
1/25/2015 | Women’s Volleyball
ST CATHARINES, Ont – The Brock women’s volleyball team (7-9 OUA) were defeated by the Ottawa GeeGees (12-3 OUA) 3-0 (11-25, 12-25, 19-25) Sunday afternoon at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
The No. 8 nationally ranked GeeGees, and their potent offense, would be too much for the Badgers to handle. Ottawa took the first two games of the match, without contest, by the scores of 25-11 and 25-12.
The Badgers returned to form in the third frame, bringing the score to 16-14 in favour of the Gee Gees at the technical timeout. Unfortunately, this was as close as Brock would come. Ottawa eventually went on to take the final set 25-19, on route to the 3-0 victory over the home side.
Leading Ottawa’s offense were fifth year senior English sisters. Kelsie English collected 10 kills, and 12 digs for the double-double. Myriam English also had a strong performance adding nine kills in the winning effort.
Brock struggled as a team, hitting just .058 percent, recording 24 kills and 19 errors on 86 total attempts. Their counterpart collected 34 kills, and just seven errors on 88 total attempts for a .307 hitting percntage.
Brock returns to action this Friday January, 30th as they welcome the Lakehead Thunderwolves to the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
1/24/2015 | Women’s Ice Hockey
KINGSTON, Ont. – The Brock University women’s hockey team battled the No. 4 Queen’s Gaels down to the wire, losing in shootout 4-3 Saturday night at Memorial Gardens.
Queen’s opened the scoring 14:47 into the first period as Addi Halladay beat Brock starter Stephanie Loucks for her eighth goal of the season. The Badgers would tie the game 1-1 three minutes later, on the powerplay, as Ally Graham buried it past Queen’s goaltender Caitlyn Lahonen for her first of the season. The Gaels Halladay would add her second of the night with one minute left in the first period as Queen’s held a 2-1 lead after twenty minutes.
Just 11 seconds into the second period, Graham would set up Badgers rookie Christina Ieradi for her 10th goal of the campaign, tying it 2-2. Just over a minute later, Queen’s would regain the one goal lead, 3-2, as Nadia Larocca found the back of net for her second of the season.
Midway through the third period, the Badgers would go to work on the powerplay, as Laura Neu and Jessica Fickel setup Ieradi for her second goal of the night and 11th of the season, tying the game 3-3 and sending it to overtime.
In the overtime nothing was solved, sending it to shootout. Queen’s had all three shooters score; Jessica Wakefield (Goal), Taryn Pilon (Goal), Fiona Lester (Goal). The Badgers scored on two out of three chances; Christina Ieradi (No Goal), Jessica Fickel (Goal), Laura Neu (Goal).
Queen’s Lahonen recorded 22 saves for the victory, while the Badgers Loucks collected 28 saves in the loss.
1. QNS Halladay, (8) (Pilon, Lester), 14:47
1. BRO Graham, (1) , 17:37 (PP)
1. QNS Halladay, (9) (Pilon, Coughlin), 19:00
2. BRO Ieradi, (10) (Graham), 0:11
2. QNS Larocca, (2) (Verbeek), 1:15
3. BRO Ieradi, (11) (Neu, Fickel), 10:10 (PP)
1/24/2015 | Men’s Basketball
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – The Brock University men’s basketball team (5-7 OUA) rallied in the second half to defeat the Laurier Golden Hawks (4-8 OUA) by the score of 84-80 Saturday afternoon at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
Prior to the game, Mr. Larry Pearson, friends Ryan Dudley and Lucas Hodgson, Brock University Vice President Finance and Administration Brian Hutchings and Director of Athletics and Recreation Rob Cargnelli were on hand the present the Jason Pearson Memorial Award to Brock men’s basketball player Nate Gardner. He becomes the first two-time recipent of the award.
Laurier jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, and closed out the final five minutes of the first quarter on a 22-5 run, to take a 30-12 lead after 10 minutes. The Badgers had a better second quarter, outscoring the Golden Hawks 16-9, trailing 39-28 at the half.
In the third quarter, Brock opened with an 14-0 run to take their first lead of the game 42-39, highlighted by back-to-back three-pointers from Johneil Simpson (Toronto, Ont.) and Zachary Angelini (Hamilton, Ont.).
The Badgers would extend that lead to eight points, 49-41, midway through the third stanza. Laurier’s offense answered right back with a 16-2 run of their own, to go regain the lead 57-51 with under two minutes left in the quarter. The Golden Hawks held a 59-55 lead after 30 minutes.
Laurier held onto the lead until midway through the quarter, when Brock’s Nolan Mackenzie (Oakville, Ont.) knocked down two free throws to put the Badgers up 69-68 with 5:25 remaining in regulation.
Brock extended their lead to six with just under three minutes left, 78-72, after two three-point plays from forward Matt Marshall (Burlington, Ont.).
The Golden Hawks would once again answered putting together a 6-1 run, cutting the lead to one, 79-78, after a missed free throw from Chuder Teny that would have tied the game with 1:17 left in regulation.
The Badgers knocked down 3 of 4 free throws in the final seconds to secure the home victory.
Brock had five players in double figures led by Marshall who finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds for the double-double and Simpson also recorded 21 points. Angelini contributed with 15 points, while Mackenzie (13 points, four assists) and Dani Elgadi (Waterloo, Ont.) (10 points, 10 rebounds) rounded out the Badgers leaders.
Kyrie Coleman led the Golden Hawks offense registering 26 points and 15 boards. Will Coulthard added 18 points and six assists, while Luke Allin finished with 12 points, all from downtown.
For the game, Brock went 28-for-73 (38.4%) from the floor, 4-for-16 (25.0%) from beyond the arc and 24-for-32 (75.0%) from the charity stripe. Laurier finished the contest shooting 42.3% (33-for-78) from the field, 31.6% (6-for-19) from three-point range and just 42.1% (8-for-19) from the free throw line.
The Badgers will be back in action on Wednesday, January 28th at 8pm as they host the No. 3 ranked Ryerson Rams for the first annual President’s Game at Brock University.
1/24/2015 | Women’s Basketball
ST. CATHARINES, Ont – The Brock University women’s basketball team (5-7 OUA) fell short against the Laurier Golden Hawks (11-1 OUA) by the final score of 72-67 on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Davis Gymnasium.
The first quarter got off to a slow start as both teams struggled to find their rhythm from the field. The Badgers found themselves down 17-12 as the first quarter came to an end. Brock stepped up their play in the second frame and were able to make it a four point game as the second quarter ended with the visitors leading 30-26.
Laurier held the lead throughout the entire third quarter and entered the final quarter leading Brock by the score of 55-49.
The Badgers mounted a late comeback in the fourth quarter as they managed to take the lead 67-65 with three minutes left in the game. Unfortunately the home side could not come away with the victory as they made a few costly mistakes in the final minutes. The Golden Hawks won the contest by a final score of 72-67.
Brock was led by the play of Katie Harpur who finished with a double-double 12 points, 10 rebounds. Kira Cornelissen led all Brock players in scoring with 15 points and guard Melissa Tatti chipped in with 11 points on the day.
The Golden Hawks leading scorer on the night was Whitney Ellenor with 16 points. Not far behind was Lee Anna Osel 14 points, 8 rebounds and Nicole Morrison also found herself in double digits with 12 points.
The Badgers shot 47.4% (27-57) from the field, 40.0% (6-15) from the three-point line and 50.0% (7-14) from the free throw line. Laurier ended the contest shooting 40.0% (30-75) from the field, 33.3% (4-12) from behind the arc and 72.7% (8-11) from the free throw line. The Golden Hawks also outrebounded Brock 39-31.
Brock will be back in action on Wednesday, January 28th as they host the Ryerson Rams for the first annual President’s Game at Brock University.
1/23/2015 | Women’s Wrestling
RUSSIA – Brock women’s club wrestler Michelle Fazzari had a strong performance at the Ivan Yarygin Grand Prix which was held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
“Michelle continues to get better each international event she competes at,” said Brock wrestling coach Marty Calder. “This was a good experience for her to take on some of the world’s top wrestlers leading up to the Canadian Senior National Championships in March.”
Fazzari posted a 2-1 overall record to capture bronze at 58kg. In her opening match, she defeated Russia’s Ekaterina V’unova by the score of 10-0. In the semi-finals, she dropped a 3-2 decision to Mongolia’s Shoovdor Baatarzhav sending her to the third place match. For the bronze medal, Fazzari dominated Japan’s Yukako Kawai winning by the score of 14-4.
Brock’s Jillian Gallays defeated Kazakhstan’s Nazgul Nurakhan 12-2 in her first match, before pulling out of the tournament with an injury.
53 kg – Jillian Gallays ( /19)
vs. Nazgul Nurakhan (KAZ) – W 12-2
58 kg – Michelle Fazzari (3/10) – BRONZE
vs. Ekaterina V’unova (RUS) – W 10-0
vs. Shoovdor Baatarzhav (MGL) – L 2-3
vs. Yukako Kawai (JPN) – W 14-4<
1/23/2015 | Men’s Ice Hockey | Box Score
The Brock Badgers men’s hockey team dropped their fourth straight game, losing 2-1 to the Windsor Lancers Friday night at the Seymour-Hannah Centre.
After a scoreless first period, the Lancers opened the scoring 11:42 into the middle stanza as Drew Palmer scored his thirteenth goal of the season.
Windsor would then take a 2-0 lead midway through the third period when Dylan Denomme beat Adrian Volpe on the powerplay for his eleventh goal of the campaign.
Tyson Dallman would finally bulge the twine for the Badgers at the 13:51 mark, with his third tally of the year, but that’s all the homeside could muster behind Peter Van Buskirk who made 26 saves in the victory.
Volpe turned aside 34 in the loss.
Despite the defeat head coach Murray Nystrom was pleased with his teams performance.
“Tonight we played the defending league champions to the final buzzer,” said Nystrom. “Despite not gaining a point we use the positive energy generated by our play and move forward. If we can repeat tonight’s performance every game from here on out, we’ll be fine.”
Brock was 0-for-4 on the powerplay, while Windsor was 1-for-2.
The Badgers now welcome the Waterloo Warriors next Friday night. Game time at the Seymour-Hannah Centre is 7:15 p.m.
1/23/2015 | Women’s Ice Hockey
OSHAWA, Ont. – The Brock University women’s hockey team dropped a 5-2 decision against the UOIT Ridegbacks Friday night on the road.
UOIT opened the scoring seven minutes into the opening period, as Chelsea Ball registered her seventh goal of the season.
The Ridgebacks would add two more goals from Samantha Forchielli and Zoe Battie, less than a minute apart early in the second period, to take a 3-0 lead.
Brock would answer back with the next two goals to make it 3-2. Rookie Christina Ieradi beat UOIT starter Tori Campbell at 3:10, for her ninth of the campaign, making it 3-1. Just over two minutes later, Maegan Wall registered her first career goal as a Badger, cutting the Ridgebacks lead to one.
UOIT regained the two-goal lead at 6:34 of the second period, as Kassidy Nauboris found Norda Gorda who beat Brock goaltender Emily Kelly for her second goal of the campaign.
The Ridgebacks closed out the scoring late in the third period with a goal from Mikaeli Cavell, her third of the season.
In goal UOIT’s Campbell turned aside 22 of 24 shots she faced for the victory. Kelly sufffered the loss for the Badgers allowing four goals on 13 shots.
Brock returns to action Saturday night on the road when they take on the Queen’s Gaels in Kingston.
1. UOIT Ball, (7) (Nauboris, Gorda), 7:05
2. UOIT Forchielli, (3) (LoPresti, Battie), 1:20
2. UOIT Battie, (4) (MacKenzie, Wilson), 1:59
2. BRO Ieradi, (9) , 3:10
2. BRO Wall, (1) (Finlayson), 5:12
2. UOIT Gorda, (2) (Nauboris), 6:34
3. UOIT Cavell, (3) (Tymcio, MacKenzie), 18:14
1/23/2015 | Men’s Basketball
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – Brock University Sport Management student and Brock men’s basketball student assistant Josh Sheriff had a great experience working with the Toronto Raptors in Basketball Operations during his four month internship.
“Knowing from experience, the opportunity to work with a first class organization such as the Toronto Raptors is invaluable,” said Brock men’s basktball coach Charles Kissi. “Josh represented Brock University and the men’s basketball program well. We are happy to have him back with our program and to have him share his experiences with us.”
Sheriff was given the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a number of different areas with the organization. During his time with the Raptors, he assisted the Front Office with basketball matters relating to Player Development, Scouting and Analytics and was a member of the day-to-day operations of the department.
“To be given the opportunity to work for the Toronto Raptors was truly a surreal experience,” said Josh Sheriff. “I was blessed to have met and made relationships with amazing individuals within the organization that were vital to my success and growth while with the team.”
1/23/2015 | Squash
Brock University’s Phil Calder may be one of the most unique student-athletes on campus and across the country.
Despite being diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at six weeks old, Calder was still able to live a normal life like any young person until age 17.
Growing up, Calder was a standout minor hockey and lacrosse player in St. Catharines. He also played high school hockey and lacrosse at Governor Simcoe.
In grade 12, Calder began to lose weight and was hospitalized for over two years, with his lungs starting to fail. On June 10, 2012, his life changed completely after receiving a double lung transplant at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto.
“It was a 12-hour surgery which resulted in two new lungs and 80 staples to close my chest,” said Calder. “It was a long road to recovery, but once the lungs started working fully, I was able to be active again. I basically went from 11 percent lung capacity to now 85 percent lung capacity with my new lungs.”
This past fall, at age 23, Calder enrolled at Brock University, where he is studying Social Sciences and made the Brock men’s squash team as a walk-on. Next weekend he will compete at his first OUA Championships at the University of Waterloo.
“After my surgery the doctors told me to avoid a lot of contact, so I took up squash,” said Calder. “I have only played the game for two years, but I was able to pick it up quickly. I now play every day at White Oaks and really enjoy it. I have also met so many great people associated to the sport.”
What many people may not know is that Phil is also the youngest brother of Marty Calder, the head coach of the Brock Wrestling program, former Olympian and two-sport athlete at Brock.
“Marty and I have always had a great relationship,” said Calder. “We are very much alike when it comes to competition. Neither one of us likes to lose. Marty may be known in the family as the top athlete, but I am the best squash player in the family. I enjoy beating him every time we get a chance to play.”
“I have gone through a lot to overcome adversity as an Olympic wrestler and also see it as a coach with my athletes, but nothing compares to my brother Phil, who battled Cystic Fibrosis and a double lung transplant,” said Marty Calder.
“When he was in the hospital, our family was called in and told he may not make it, which was an unimaginable feeling to hear about a family member,” said Calder. “Today Phil is an inspiration to us all, being able to battle a disease and have the opportunity to not only be a university student but a varsity student-athlete as a member of the Brock men’s squash program.”
“Having this transplant surgery has resulted in a complete turnaround in my life,” explained Calder. “I am just thankful to be alive. I have always had a good mind set and was able to stay positive and happy, even when things were tough. I am very grateful to my donor for the gift of life and to the doctors and nurses who took care of me.”
As he continues his university studies, Phil has looked into competing in the Canadian Transplant Games that are being held in Toronto in 2016 or even the 2017 World Transplant Games in Malaga, Spain.
1/22/2015 | Men’s Basketball
ST. CATHARINES, Ont. – On Saturday, January 24th at 1pm and 3pm, the Brock men’s and women’s basketball team host the Laurier Golden Hawks as part of the Jason Pearson Memorial Game at the Bob Davis Gymnasium. The special award ceremony will take place prior to the men’s tip-off at 3pm.
“This is a special game each year that honours Jason Pearson, who was a two-sport athlete at Brock and instructor with the PALS Program,” said Brock Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation Rob Cargnelli. “He was a talented student-athlete with such a positive attitude and a strong role model to youth in Niagara.”
Jason played both basketball and volleyball who aspired to become a teacher back in his hometown of Guelph once he completed his studies. He attended Brock University from 1998 to 2001, majoring in Physical Education.
In June 2001, Jason’s life was tragically and suddenly taken from him, his family, and friends in a car accident. This game is played each year in memory of Jason who is fondly remembered by all that knew him.
“Jason was a great friend that you could always look to for support,” said university friend Lucas Hodgson. “He was always that happy go lucky guy. Standing at 6-foot-6 and 160 pounds, we gave him the nickname “Sticks”, which definitely suited him. He will always be remembered as a talented multi-sport athlete and that person with such a positive attitude.”
This award is presented annually to a member of the Brock Badgers Men’s Basketball team. In addition to their athletic and academic ability, the recipient exhibits the same warmth of personality, concern for others and positive attitude for life as did Jason Pearson.
Jason’s father, Mr. Larry Pearson, friends Ryan Dudley and Lucas Hodgson, Brock University Vice President of Finance and Administration Brian Hutchings, and Interim Director of Athletics and Recreation Rob Cargnelli will be in attendance to present the award. This year’s recipient is Nate Gardner from the men’s basketball program. Nate becomes the first two-time recipient of the award.
Nate is a fourth year Business Administration (Honours) major. The Ajax, Ontario native is in his fourth season with the Brock men’s basketball program and current team captain. In his career he has been a key role player off the bench. He has been a two-time recipient of President’s Award winner which goes to student-athletes that holds a 75+ percent academic average.
RECIPIENTS OF THE JASON PEARSON MEMORIAL AWARD
2001-2002 – Julie Dodge (Women’s Rowing)
2001-2002 – Clint Kingsbury (Men’s Wrestling)
2002-2003 – Kerry Steele (Women’s Volleyball)
2002-2003 – Chris Henderson (Men’s Squash)
2003-2004 – Lars Bruschke (Men’s Swimming)
2003-2004 – Larkin Lamarche (Women’s Basketball)
2004-2005 – Adam Baxter (Men’s Rugby/Wrestling)
2004-2005 – Kerri Allen (Women’s Rugby)
2005-2006 – Paige Gregson (Women’s Rugby)
2005-2006 – Brad Rootes (Men’s Basketball)
2006-2007 – Peter Simons (Men’s Wrestling)
2006-2007 – Karen Dillane (Women’s Rugby)
2007-2008 – Lindsay Cline (Women’s Basketball)
2007-2008 – Chris McLean (Men’s Hockey)
2008-2009 – Sarah Maynard (Women’s Rugby)
2008-2009 – Ben Sylvester (Baseball)
2009-2010 – Brendan Coffey (Men’s Rowing)
2009-2010 – Alexandra Golding (Women’s Rowing)
2010-2011 – Alyssa Dagg (Women’s Soccer)
2011-2012 – Didi Mukendi (Men’s Basketball)
2011-2012 – Jessica Del Signore (Women’s Basketball)
2013-2014 – Nate Gardner (Men’s Basketball)
2014-2015 – Nate Gardner (Men’s Basketball)
1/21/2015 | Men’s Ice Hockey | Box Score
Sometimes a break away from the everyday grind of hockey isn’t a good thing.
Case in point – the 2014-15 edition of the Brock Badgers men’s hockey team.
Murray Nystrom feels his team hasn’t been the same since returning from the Christmas break, which in University hockey is a month away from game action.
Nystrom had an almost 20-minute long closed door meeting with his players after the game as the Badgers (9-11-2 OUA) dropped their third straight contest, losing 7-3 to the Western Mustangs (17-4-1 OUA) in a penalty filled affair in front of 657 fans at the Seymour-Hannah Centre Wednesday night.
Brock was down 4-1 before the game was even 17 minutes old and lost two players to game-misconducts.
“It’s almost a mirror since all of our games since after Christmas,” said Nystrom the veteran head coach of the Badgers. “We’re in parts of the game, we’re even dominating at some stages, but we just can’t seem to keep it at that level. Whether we regress in positional play, or decision making, or discipline, something always seems to expose us, and against good teams like Western they take advantage of that. Kudos to them.”
Brock did cut the lead to 5-3 at the 15:05 mark of the third period, but the Mustangs put any hopes of a comeback away just over one minute later.
Noah Schwartz had two goals and two assists for Western who outshot the Badgers 38-34 overall.
Real Cormier took the loss in goal for Brock, while Greg Dodds picked up the win.
“What we’re going to do going forward is up to us. This is a pattern that’s occurred since the U of T game after Christmas and we’ve got to get righted for sure,” added Nystrom. “We need consistency not only game to game, period to period, but shift to shift.”
The Badgers now welcome Windsor Friday night. Game time at the Seymour-Hannah Centre is 7:15 p.m.
1/21/2015 | Women’s Wrestling
Files from Wrestling Canada – (Ottawa) – Preparation for TO2015 and Rio 2016 continues in Krasnoyarsk, Russia where the world’s best are gathering for the coveted Yariguin title. For members of the Women’s National Team, this is the second international event of the year, following participation at the women’s only Nordhagen Classic held in Calgary at the beginning of January.
Wrestling Canada Lutte will be represented at the Ivan Yariguin Grand Prix by a small, but strong female team featuring 2014 World Wrestling Bronze Medalist Jillian Gallays, 2-time Junior World and Youth Olympic Games Champion Dorothy Yeats, 2014 Commonwealth Games Champion Erica Wiebe, 2014 Commonwealth Games Bronze medalists Jasmine Mian as well as 2014 Canadian Champion Michelle Fazzari.
48 kg – Jasmine Mian
53 kg – Jillian Gallays
58 kg – Michelle Fazzari
69 kg – Dorothy Yeats
75 kg – Erica Wiebe
Coach – Leigh Vierling
Medical – Victoria Cleary
Referee – Grigore Gutsu
EVENT SCHEDULE (local times)
10:00 – 14:00 – FW 53, 58, 60, 69 kg
17:00 – 18:00 – Repechage FW 53, 58, 60, 69 kg
18:45 – 20:30 – Finals FW 53, 58, 60, 69 kg
10:00 – 14:00 – FW 48, 55, 63, 75 kg
17:00 – 18:00 – Repechage FW 48, 55, 63, 75 kg
18:30 – 20:30 – Finals FW 48, 55, 63, 75 kg
1/21/2015 | Men’s Basketball
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1/21/2015 | Track & Field
An injury riddled Brock Badgers track and field team got a kick start from sophomore athlete Calum Westbrook. Westbrook attained the OUA standard in the 60m (7.37). Westbrook was also part of the men’s 4x200m relay team that are now ranked 8th in the OUA. The women’s 4x200m relay team is also currently ranked 8th in the OUA.
The women’s team was led by Rheanne Carleton who just missed the OUA standard in the long jump (4.94m) while placing 4th. Jaclyn Harris ran a season best in the 300m placing 5th (44.38). Darcy Fox placed 6th in the 60m final (8.55). Taryn Montague jumped a season best (9.42) in the triple jump.
Currently the men’s team is ranked 9th in the OUA and the women are 10th. Next up for the Badgers is the SPIRE North Coast Track and Field Open in Geneva, Ohio.
1/19/2015 | Men’s Ice Hockey
From living the dream of playing hockey in Canada to becoming an advocate for cancer awareness.
Meet Milan Doczy.
The 24-year old Zlin, Czech Republic native arrived in Canada in 2007 to play for the Ontario Hockey League’s (OHL) Owen Sound Attack.
OHL teams are permitted to ice two import, or European, players per season.
After three years in Owen Sound playing for the Attack, Milan was recruited to play for the Brock Badgers by head coach Murray Nystrom. Milan enrolled in the Business Economics program at the University.
Three years into his stay at Brock, and right before the 2014-15 hockey season started, Milan noticed a mole on his left foot that he hadn’t seen before.
“I went to see a doctor in September and was told that the mole should not be of any further concern, but I thought to myself that I better get it checked out from a specialist,” explained Doczy.
“Shortly after I went to see a specialist and have undergone a first minor surgery where I was told I had melanoma (cancer). All of sudden the entire perspective on what was important in my life changed.”
Indeed it had.
Milan has since undergone further surgery removing two of his lymph nodes to discover whether the cancer had spread.
“What I learned from being diagnosed with cancer is that everyone’s body is different, and each patient is writing his or her own story. Even though I have been given an 80 per cent chance of the cancer not (spreading), I was told two weeks after the surgery that one of my lymph nodes was cancerous.
This means that no matter what I will have to be treated with Interferon. I will have to go through a full experience of being a cancer patient.”
Milan continues to battle cancer head on, taking things day by day, and most importantly always looking at the positive.
“Being diagnosed with melanoma is definitely a challenge. I always hope that my next results will be better, and I will hear the words – ‘cancer free’ one day. ”
Since the announcement the Owen Sound Attack community and more recently the Brock Badgers community have rallied around Milan.
The Attack began a “Do it for Doczy” campaign and were gracious enough to work in parallel with Brock University’s efforts.
As a non-Canadian resident Milan’s student health insurance plan does not cover much of what he needs to battle this horrible disease including the aforementioned drug Interferon.
Enter professor Geoffrey Hoover who not only educated Milan in finance courses at Brock, but also decided to set up milandoczy.com
“Milan’s solid character and perseverance in response to the uncertainty and challenges he’s faced since learning of his diagnosis has been impressive,” Hoover said. “You can’t help but want to step up and support a guy like Milan.”
From there, Hoover and University staff decided to plan both a fundraiser and also a cancer awareness game in Milan’s honour.
The “Do It For Doczy” game, presented by Front Row Sports, will take place on Friday Feb. 6 when the Badgers host the University of Toronto Varsity Blues at the Seymour-Hannah Centre in St. Catharines. The puck will drop at 7:15 p.m.
“Our hope is that the wristbands and t-shirts, and February 6th game, will help make Milan’s situation public and steer people who would like to help him to the milan doczy dot com website,” said Nystrom, the Brock head coach.
As expected the hockey community from near and far have rallied around Milan, but none more so than his Brock Badgers teammates.
“We are here to support Milan in any way that we can, but most of all we want the rink to be an escape for him. A place he can forget about his day and know his hockey family is there for him no matter what,” captain Mike McGurk said.
Milan’s message is simple now when it comes to Cancer awareness:
“Constantly monitor your body for changes and never be afraid to get checked out. I believe that the mole had not been on my foot any longer than eight months.
Don’t take anything for granted and live your life to the fullest every day because nobody can say that anyone is guaranteed a cancer-free life.
The “Do It For Doczy” bracelets and t-shirts are available around campus at Brock University and at all Front Row Sports locations throughout the Niagara region.
For more information on how to donate please visit milandoczy.com
1/19/2015 | Women’s Curling
CHINA – The Brock University women’s curling team, who were representing Canada, posted an 0-7 record at the 4th annual Yichun International Women’s Bonspiel in China.
The young Badgers squad of skip Erin Macaulay (Whitby, Ont.), vice Terri Weeks (McDougall, Ont.), second Danielle Robinson (Dundas, Ont.) and lead Joanna Francolini (London, Ont.) were in tough against some of the top teams in the world.
“We are disappointed that we could not have done better on the scoreboard, but we are very proud of the fact that we had this chance to represent Brock University and our great country,” said Brock curling coach Murray Etherington.”
“Our Team played hard, but could not overcome the changing ice conditions and the the quality of the teams,” said Etherington. “Many of these teams are in their Country’s National Program and are funded by their Nation. China, Japan and Korea have been to Canada to train and have worked with our country’s top coaches. The USA team is their country’s B squad and have travelled and played in top women’s bonspiels in Canada.”
“The Brock women have had a great learning experience from this competition and what it is like to travel a great distance to play for their country,” explained Etherington. “They have learned about coping with different foods and surroundings and how important it is to adjust to challenging ice, playing in front of people, being on China television and what it is like to have everyone in stands want to have their picture taken with the Canadians.”
The Badgers will now prepare for the upcoming OUA Championships, with the goal of bringing home the sixth title in the program’s history.
lost 9-3 vs Haerban City
lost 6-4 vs China
lost 10-5 vs Turkey
lost 12-4 vs Japan
lost 12-6 vs Yichun City
lost 11-3 vs USA
lost 10-6 vs Korea