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Varsity Update - Oct 13, 2008

Women's Fastball

The Mohawk women's fastball team clinched a berth in the OCAA Championship in Windsor. The Mountaineers completed a 5-7 regular season with an 8-3 win over Seneca in the second game of a doubleheader at Mohawk Sports Park October 9. The Sting won the opening game 3-1.

Nicole Miller went 4-for-4 with three RBI to lead Mohawk to their victory. With Seneca ahead 1-0 the Mountaineers blew the game open in the third inning when they sent ten to the plate and scored five times. Miller and Samantha Tubman each had RBI singles, Ellie Hogg drove in a run on a fielder's choice, while other runs came on an error and a passed ball. In the fourth inning, Casey Ramey scored on an error and Miller delivered a run scoring single. Miller completed Mohawk's scoring with an RBI triple in the sixth frame. Jenny Koschanow picked up the win, striking out 12. Miller said she was pleased to be able to contribute to the offence. She noted in the 3-1 opening game defeat it was a case of making some player changes to get everyone ready for the OCAA tourney. Mohawk skipper Brian Weller thought his first game battery of losing pitcher Jessica Roloson and catcher Victoria Lomas performed well. The bats just weren't there. But they certainly were in the nightcap, when the Mountaineers played the way they have for the most part lately, just in time for the championship Friday and Saturday (Oct. 17-18).

Mohawk exploded for 15 hits and scored an impressive 10-4 win over St. Clair at Mohawk Sports Park October 7.

Just a week after being swept by the Saints in a doubleheader in Windsor, which included being no-hit by St. Clair's Candice Gatecliffe, the Mountaineers got revenge against the Saints hurler. The visitors led 4-2 after two-and-a-half innings, but Mohawk scored four times in the third inning and added three more in the fourth and were on their way. Amanda Edmonds had three hits, three RBI and a diving catch. Katie Brydges also had three RBI and was one of five Mountaineers with two hits on the night. Also driving in runs for the winners were Katelyn Galer, Ellie Hogg and Jenny Pletzer and another run scored on a throwing error by St. Clair. Jenny Koschanow scattered four hits and struck out seven en route to the victory which improved Mohawk's record to 4-6.

Head coach Brian Weller said the game was a big confidence boost for his squad. "This puts us in a position where we know there's no doubt we can beat them and so we can go into the OCAA's knowing they are a team we can handle." Weller said for a few games now, the players have been building harder and harder to be ready for the provincial championship. Edmonds agreed with her coach. "We're coming together as a team, said the outfielder. "We've showed it from the beginning to now and we're just getting better and better." The outfielder said St. Clair is a great team. But Mohawk took advantage of their chances and then shut their opponents down.

Men's Soccer

The Mohawk men's soccer team turned in a spirited performance to defeat the Niagara Knights 4-2 in OCAA action at Mohawk Sports Park October 7.

After surrendering the opening goal against the run of play the Mountaineers kept coming and were rewarded for their efforts with their second victory of the season.

Matt Luison scored twice. The six-foot tall graduate of St. Thomas More in Hamilton, credited two great passes from fellow striker Hassan Hamed. "He sent me in and I just made sure I buried my chances." Head coach Richard Bennett said Luison is a big guy, who displayed some good shooting in practice. "I told him, go out and be the hero today and take your chances. He had a couple of chances early but didn't take advantage of them, but I guess he got more confident and took those chances and things happened for him, so I'm happy for the young man." Luison, like so many of his teammates, is a first year student at Mohawk, so while it's been a difficult season for the 2-7-1 Mountaineers, the future looks bright. Another rookie, Hamed, from St. Joan of Arc in Mississauga, has been red hot. He also scored in the win, giving him six goals in his last four games. Veteran Joe Grieci also scored for Mohawk.

The Mountaineers then played a goalless draw at home against Redeemer, October 9. Jordan Dykstra of Mohawk and Nathan Ayer of Redeemer each kept clean sheets. But it was a much improved effort from the Mountaineers, compared to their 4-1 loss at Redeemer the previous week. Mohawk head coach Richard Bennett felt his side had more of the play and more chances, but simply failed to capitalize. The Mountaineers record went to 2-7-2, the Royals to 3-5-3. Mohawk finishes its season Wednesday October 15 at 4:30 pm at Mohawk Sports Park.

Women's Soccer

Christina Reid and Bethany DeHaan got the goals and Shawna Druif the shutout as Redeemer downed Mohawk 2-0 in women's soccer at Mohawk Sports Park October 9.

The Mountaineers are mostly comprised of first year players and while the future looks bright, Mohawk head coach Renzo Castellani says the team has to "take their lumps" whether they win or lose and move forward. The Mountaineers' record slipped to 2-6-1. Redeemer is having a fine season at 5-3-1.

Mohawk completes its season Wednesday October 15 when Humber visits Mohawk Sports Park at 4:30 pm.

Men's Basketball

The reigning OUA West champion University of Western Ontario Mustangs fashioned a huge run midway through the game to defeat the Mohawk Mountaineers 124-70 in exhibition men's basketball in London October 8.

The Mustangs struggled with the Mountaineers press and trap early in the game and trailed 32-31 with just over eight minutes to go in the second quarter. They then went on a magnificent 31 point run which didn't end until a third quarter bucket by Mohawk's third year centre Alen Beader which made the score 62-34 for Western. Ironically, Hamilton natives came up big for the 'Stangs in the game. Keenan Jeppesen from Stoney Creek led all scorers with 27 points and Matt Curtis from Hamilton had 12 assists. Ricky Heath led Mohawk with 12 points while Ryan Carrafiello added 11. Kyle Bissonnette had 8 rebounds, while Tyler Kam had 7. However, Western out-rebounded the Mountaineers 43-31.

Mohawk coach Brian Jonker used 15 players in the team's first outing of the season. Western used just nine players, as they improved their pre-season record to 5-1 against NCAA, OCAA and Western Alumni opposition. Jonker was happy with the effort. "We are running an entirely new system, said Jonker "and this was the first real test. We have a long way to go.