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Varsity Update - Oct 6, 2008

Women's Fastball

The mercy rule in women's fastball may have prevented Mohawk's Jenny Koschanow from breaking her own single game OCAA strikeout record. The fourth year Mountaineer from Dundas Highland, had 15 strikeouts over 6 innings, but didn't get a chance to pitch the 7th as Mohawk "mercied" the Seneca Sting 12-1 in North York Saturday (Oct. 4).

It was September 10, 2005 when Jenny K" made a sensational debut in the OCAA as she not only no-hit Canadore in North Bay, but also fanned 16 to set a new standard in that department.

Koschanow helped her own cause at Seneca, going 3-for-5 at the plate, driving in three runs. Ellie Hogg was also 3-for-5 with 3 RBI, and Casey Ramey was 4-for-5 with two runs batted in.

Mountaineers' coach Brian Weller said Koschanow's contribution in the game was obvious, but it was a complete effort by everyone on offence and the defense was there when it had to be.

The Mountaineers dropped a 4-3 decision to the Conestoga Condors of Kitchener September 29.

The visitors took a 2-0 lead with single runs in the first and fourth innings. But Mohawk pulled even with a pair of runs in the home half of the fourth. Samantha Tubman led things off with a double. Katelyn Galer singled moving Tubman to third, then stole second. Katie Brydges came through with a sacrifice fly scoring Tubman before Leanne DeBoer drove in Galer with a single. Conestoga regained the lead in the top of the 6th on a two-out run scoring double by Melissa Shewman. But the Mountaineers tied the game 3-3 in the bottom of the frame. Tubman singled to lead off. Galer went in to run for her. She stole second, went to third on an error and scored on a wild pitch. However, in the top of the seventh. Jennifer Meyer doubled for Conestoga, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored what proved to be the winning run on a groundout. Casey Ramey gave Mohawk some hope in the bottom of the seventh inning, singling with two out and stealing second base. But the Mountaineers could not cash her in.

Both pitchers went the distance. Suzane Hall of the Condors picked up the win while Jessica Roloson of Mohawk was charged with the loss. Even in defeat, Mohawk coach Brian Weller felt Roloson pitched a good ball game and noted Nicole Todd pitched well against Conestoga in an outing earlier this season. And with ace Jenny Koschanow leading the way, Weller says he's got three good pitchers for the OCAA tourney the middle of October.

On October 1, the fastball team lost a doubleheader to the St. Clair Saints in Windsor. The scores were 4-1 and 3-1.

St. Clair broke a 1-1 tie with three runs in the sixth inning of the opening game. Jenna Pletzer was 2-for-3 with the lone RBI for Mohawk. Koschanow was the llsing pitcher.

The Mountaineers were no-hit in the second game by Saints' Candice Gatecliffe. Ironically, the run they scored was on a throwing error by Gatecliffe, which gave Mohawk the lead in the top of the sixth inning. But St. Clair responded with their three runs in the bottom of the sixth for the win and two game sweep. Ramey scored the lone run for the Mountaineers and Todd suffered the defeat.

Rugby

The Mohawk rugby team stayed unbeaten with a 31-3 romp over the Georgian Grizzlies in Barrie October 1. Scoring tries for Mohawk were Joel Garbeau, Adam Davidson, James Cumpson, John Tavares and John Packer. Mohawk led 12-0 at half time.

Then, the Mountaineers, who were named Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Team of the Week, following their 45-5 victory over the Fleming Knights in Peterborough the previous weekend, scored their fourth consecutive victory, downing the Conestoga Condors 31-24 at Mohawk Sports Park October 4.

Steve Johnston had two tries for the Mountaineers. Adam Davidson, Tyler Struyk and John Isbister also scored for the winners, while James Cumpson contributed three converts. Struyk had to leave the game with about 15 minutes to go as he required stitches after an opponent stepped on his hand.

Conestoga got two tries from Jake Vandyk, Matt Jolie had a try and two conversions and Tim Reitzel scored a try.

The Mountaineers are now off until Thursday October 16 when Seneca visits.

Men's Soccer

The Conestoga Condors of Kitchener scored a comfortable 5-2 victory in men's soccer September 30 at Mohawk Sports Park. For the Mountaineers, two first year players scored. Hassan Hamed from St. Joan of Arc in Mississauga got his fourth goal of the season, while Matthew Luison of St. Thomas More in Hamilton collected his first. Five different players scored for Conestoga. They were Jeremy Norris, Craig Chester, James Maclean, Nate Drury and Tonderai Gumbo.

It was a miserable day for the Mohawk men's soccer team October 2. Playing in a cold and at times, driving rain at Redeemer, the Mountaineers lost 4-1 to the Royals. After Redeemer opened the scoring, Mohawk tied the game when Hassan Hamed scored his 5th goal in three games, redirecting a Sirwan Irandost free kick into the Royals' goal. However, Redeemer scored three times in the second half to seal the victory. Mohawk coach Richard Bennett said in the second half his team was just basically behind everything. "We tended to hold onto the ball too long, instead of moving it quickly. We gave up a quick goal in the second half and just couldn't get back."

The Mountaineers, 1-7-1, play host to the Niagara Knights Tuesday October 7 at 4:30 pm at Mohawk Sports Park.

Women's Soccer

The Mohawk women's soccer team had a difficult week. Things were looking good for the Mountaineers against visiting Conestoga September 30 when Kelsey Forbes, the second year player from Robert Bateman in Burlington, accepted a low cross and slotted the ball into the Condors' goal to open the scoring. But Conestoga was in control the rest of the way and to rub salt into the wound, former Mountaineer Jessica Lee got two of Conestoga's markers.

The Mountaineers then lost 2-0 to the Redeemer Royals October 3. Redeemer got goals from Phoebe Mitton and Bethany Dehaan three minutes apart midway through the first half. Mohawk dominated the second half, but the Royals withstood the Mountaineers' pressure to improve to 4-3, while Mohawk saw it's mark go to 2-5-1.

Mohawk head coach Renzo Castellani said injuries have really played havoc with his team this year. "We have too many players sitting on the bench who are really good." The coach also noted there has been a disturbing pattern of allowing a soft goal each game, then the team lies down and waits for something to happen. "The team played fairly well for all the rookies that we have, said Castellani. "There's nothing we can do about it. We just have to regroup and keep on going."

The Mountaineers' next action will be a return engagement with Redeemer, Thursday October 9, at 4:30 pm at Mohawk Sports Park.

Cross Country

Mohawk's cross country team has had better days than it did October 4 at the Fleming College Invitational in Peterborough. For starters, several Mohawk runners could not make the event for various reasons, so six men and one woman were in the field. Charlene Gibbins, was a little under the weather during the week and it showed in her performance. But she was still able to finish eighth overall in the women's five-kilometre event. Her time was 22:30. Dawn Martin of St. Lawrence Brockville won in 20:30.

On the men's side, Jeff VanderHarst looked pretty strong finishing 14th in 31:27. Joch Bujold of Cambrian won in 28:41.

In Other Mohawk results:
      Jacob McDonald (34)
      Matt Giroux (39)
      Alex Hamilton (43)

Kyle Leis, who competed in his first race for Mohawk and did well, was unfortunately not listed in the final results. Coach Wayne Collins said there was some sort of problem with the computer chips the runners wear. For instance, Dan Culp of Mohawk was listed in the results, but was one of the people who couldn't make the race. Meanwhile, Dave Hirsh twisted the same ankle twice during the race and eventually had to pull out of the event.

Mohawk plans to go to another invitational in Windsor October 18.

Men's Volleyball

For an exhibition match, it was awfully exciting and a large contingent of noisy Redeemer fans, drums and horns included, had lots to cheer about early as their men's volleyball team grabbed a 2-0 lead in games at Mohawk's Fennell Gym. But the Mountaineers rallied big-time to pull out a five set victory, October 3. The scores were 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15, 15-12.

The Royals are a huge team, with a lot of talent and Mohawk head coach James Bradley feels the Royals are going to be very good when the regular season rolls around later this month. "It's tough (they have) a big wall to be hitting against, said Bradley. "We have size over here as well, so it was a good tilt to be able to see a team bigger than us." The coach felt maybe the match wouldn't have been so close if his team wasn't making 17 errors a set, but that said, Bradley had to agree his team showed a lot of heart coming back from two down for the win. "Absolutely, it's nice to see they showed a little bit of resilience. With a team that young you don't know which way that's going to go."

Women's Basketball

The Georgian Grizzlies downed the Mohawk Mountaineers 68-62 in overtime, in a women's exhibition basketball game at the Fennell Gymnasium Sunday, October 5. The teams were tied 56-56 at the end of regulation time.

Katie Daniels scored 15 points for Mohawk. Casey Boggs had 14 and Morgan Taylor added 10.