It was a very busy weekend for Vanier Cheetahs teams indeed, AND a successful one, too. Nine games played by six of our varsity teams resulted in 7 wins, a tie and 1 loss in action starting on last Wednesday and continuing throughout the weekend. Highlights included a big road win for our Football team, as well as two wins apiece for our Women’s Flag Football and Women’s Soccer teams which improved their records to a perfect 6-0, giving both of them sole possession of first place in their respective league standings. Also, we were very happy to have TMR Rugby visit during a home Rugby doubleheader, and we have some great photos to share about that. Our Division 2 Women’s Volleyball Cheetahs got their season started on Sunday with a 10-game tournament VS five teams held right here at Vanier, and finally, Div.1 Men’s Basketball Coach Andy Hertzog has sent us his usual highly-detailed report on the team’s pre-season tournament action, PLUS a report on alum Tevonn Walker. Read on for more.
By Denis Lafontaine, Vanier Athletics Webmaster
DIVISION 1 MEN’S SOCCER
On Wednesday evening, our Men’s Soccer Cheetahs played a home game VS the 3-1 team from Montmorency and battled them to a 2-2 tie. Vanier goals were scored by Rickson Aristilde and Gabriele Folino. Then on Friday, the team played a home game VS 4-1 Garneau and they defeated them 2-1, improving their season record to 4 wins, 2 losses,and 1 tie. Scoring details are not yet posted on the league website. The home victory has put them into 2nd place in the league standings. The team now has a bye week and then they return to action with a road game @ Montmorency on Friday, October 12th starting at 9:00 PM.
DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S SOCCER
On Friday evening, the Lady Soccer Cheetahs took their undefeated 4-0 record on the road where they played against Édouard-Montpetit. The team held the fort and emerged with a hard-fought 3-2 win to improve to 5-0. Vanier goal scorers were Clara Gariepy, Callista Yanakoupolis and Allana Oriente. Then on Saturday, they played another road game, this time against Outaouais and they came up with a clutch 2-0 shutout victory to improve to 6-0. Vanier goal scorers in that game were Sam Torres and Shay Bentley. They next played another road game on Monday, October 1st against 2nd place Dawson, and for the first time this season, they lost. It was by a very close 2-1 score, and it dropped their record to 6-1, which still leaves them solidly in first place in the standings. Shaylynn Bentley scored the lone goal for Vanier. After a bye week, they will finish their regular season on Sunday October 14th at 4:00 PM with a road game against Saint-Jean, played at Stade Alphonse-Desjardins. Then bring on the playoffs!
DIVISION 1 MEN’S FOOTBALL
On Saturday evening, the Men’s Football Cheetahs played a road game VS first-place André-Grasset and came out with a big 17-9 win to improve their season record to 4-2. It was another display of defensive excellence by the Cheetahs who boast the league’s fewest points scored against one team. Also, André-Grasset came in with one of the league’s top offensive totals, so we did well to hold them to a mere 9 points in their home field.
The Cheetahs opened the scoring in less than 2 minutes in the first quarter when Nicholas Cénacle hauled in a 5-yard TD pass from QB William Vandelac. Then in the second quarter, Vandelac connected with Jahsia Pennicooke on a 12-yard passing TD, putting us up 14-1 at the half. In the third quarter André-Grasset made an attempt at a come-back and they score a touchdown and a single to make it 14-9 for Vanier, but our great defence shut things down from there and the only scoring in the 4th quarter was a Cheetahs field goal from kicker Adam Mahrouse, making the final score 17-9.
Offensively, the team was led by quarterback William Vandelac who completed 15 out of 31 passes including two for touchdowns. His favourite targets were Nicholas Cénacle (6 catches for 74 yards including one for a TD), Cedric Fiske Casault ( 6 catches for 63 yards), and Jahsiah Pennicooke (2 catches for 24 yards including one for a TD). Our top rushers were Kevin Foster who had 28 carries for a huge 120 total yards, and QB William Vandelac, who scrambled 6 times for 27 yards.
Defensively, the Cheetahs were led by Benjamin Labrosse who had a great day with 12 solo and 1 assisted tackles, as well as one interception. Other notable defensive stars were Kaylyn St-Cyr (5 tackles) and Zachary Philion (4.5 tackles).
After a bye-week, the team will next play a home game on Friday, October 12th VS Lionel-Groulx starting at 8:00 PM.
THIS JUST IN: For the second time this season, Ben Labrosse has been named as the league’s defensive Player-of-the-Week. As we mentioned, he was a key part of the Vanier College Cheetahs’ defense against the potent Phoenix offense in the road game held against Collège André-Grasset last weekend. The second-year defensive back had 12.5 tackles, including 12 solo, and also an interception in the Cheetahs’ 17-9 win. Since the start of the 2018-2019 season, Labrosse has had a total of 42 tackles, including 38 solo, 4 interceptions and 6 knockdowns. Click to see the league announcement.
WOMEN’S FLAG FOOTBALL
Our Lady Flag Football Cheetahs took their 4-0 record and played two games on the road on Sunday and they won both matches. In the first game, they defeated Marianopolis 18-6, and in the second game, they took a 17-0 shutout victory over Terrebonne. Their current 6-0 record puts them firmly in first place in the league standings. The team returns to action on Sunday October 14th when they will play two games at the Rosemer High School Turf Field. They play Gérald-Godin at 10:45 AM, and then face Rosemont at 2:15 PM.
WOMEN’S AND MEN’S RUGBY
Both our Women’s and Men’s Rugby teams played home games on Sunday. The Men played first and unfortunately lost to visiting Jean-de-Brébeuf by the score of 17-10, dropping their season record to 1-1. However, in the second game, our Lady Rugby Cheetahs emerged with a big 55-17 win over Lennoxville to improve their record to 2-1.
The TMR club came by and ran some skill work outs with Rugby players, but also with fans and parents. They also held a half time contest during half times of both games, women and men. For the women’s team the TMR gave player of the games, plus they gave out some clothing as well (see pictures above and at left). TMR offered swag to outstanding players: Karina, Leanne, Carissa and Emily. They also offered a free lunch which the kids especially appreciated. Thank you to TMR for coming out and supporting our Rugby program! The Men’s Rugby team next play a road game against Dawson on Sun, October 21st at 12:00 noon. The Women’s Rugby team next plays on Wed, October 3rd at home VS John Abbott starting at 8:30 PM. (Reminder: Rugby home games are played in the field behind Vanier’s N Building.)
DIVISION 2 WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL
On Sunday, our Div.2 Women’s Volleball Cheetahs’ season got under way with a tournament held right here at Vanier. Between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM, we played against Héritage, Rosemont, LaSalle, L’Assomption and Marie Victorin. Things started of not so great as we took two early losses to Héritage 25-13 and 25-21, and then lost two to Rosemont 25-16 and 27-25. However, the team rebounded with 4 straight wins VS LaSalle (25-13 and 25-16) and L’Assomption (25-21 and 25-12). In the final matchup with Marie-Victorin, the team lost both; the first game 25-19 and the second game 25-18. The Cheetahs will next play in a tournament that will be held on Sunday, October 21st, again right here at Vanier.
DIVISION 1 MEN’S BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON ACTION
Here is Div.1 Men’s Basketball Head Coach Andy Hertzog’s report: “Our men’s Division 1 basketball team traveled to Kingston, Ontario this weekend to try to defend its championship in the St. Lawrence College Invitational tournament. Unfortunately, it was not to be, due to some inconsistent play. In our first game, we took on a tough team from Mohawk College. We got off to a great start, leading 26-18 after the first quarter and 53-37 at halftime. We increased our advantage to 21 points early in the 3rd period, but then our opponents started chipping away at our lead. We led 67-57 after 3 quarters, and Mohawk cut their deficit to only 3 points during the 4th quarter. But then, Steeve Joseph hit back-to-back 3-point shots to give us some breathing room, we increased our lead to 12 and eventually won 88-79. We had 5 players score in double figures led by Nginyu Ngala and Karim Mané with 16 points each. Josh Koulamallah and Sultan Bhatti both had 15 points and Steeve Joseph added 11. We got off to a great start in the semifinal against Niagara College, jumping out to a 10-0 lead and leading 29-20 after the first quarter. Our advantage was cut to a single point (47-46) at halftime. It was all downhill from there, as we were just outworked, outhustled and out played by our opponents the rest of the way. We fell behind by 17 points in the 3rd quarter, but rallied to cut the gam to 7 (64-71) going into the final period. But, Niagara went on another run at the beginning of the 4th quarter to put the game away, and we lost 99-78 in a very disappointing performance. Our leading scorer was Karim Mané with 20 points. Josh Koulamallah had 15 points, Pier-Olvier Racine had 10 points and Nginyu Ngala and Haris Elezovic chipped in with 9 each. Compounding the loss was an injury suffered by Chris Biekeu, who dislocated his toe after only 3 minutes of play. Our last game was against Lambton College. We started off more slowly, trialing 20-17 after the first quarter. But, we played better in the next period and took a 36-33 lead into halftime. We dominated the 3rd quarter and took a 62-43 lead into the final period. We maintained our lead and finally won 83-68. Our leading scorer was Pier-Olivier Racine with 18 points. Josh Koulamallah had 17. Haris Elezovic had 13 points and Steeve Joseph and Karim Mané added 10 each. It was great seeing alums Benji Bercovitch and Swann Fargeau Faucon at our game today, Both are in their first years with the Queen’s Golden Gaels. Our men’s D1 team is in the Dawson Classic (formerly Hagen) Tournament this coming weekend. We will play Friday at 10:45 AM and again at 6:00 PM, and then on Saturday at 9:30 PM. As for Sunday, it depends on how we do in our previous games. ”
MEN’S BASKETBALL ALUMNI NEWS
Coach Hertzog also sent us news about Tevonn Walker who just started as a professional in a German league: “Some good news from an alumnus in Germany. After a first game as a professional in which he tallied a modest 6 points, our alum Tevonn Walker exploded for 26 points in his second game. I have attached photos of some German newspaper articles about him.”
After leaving Vanier, Tevonn enjoyed a great deal of success during his time with the NCAA Div. 1 Valparaiso Crusaders. For an article we wrote about him in 2015, click here.
FOOTBALL ALUMNI NEWS
Former Vanier College star quarterback Hugo Richard continues to tear up the RSEQ university league much as he did in the Div.1 Collegial league when he was the pivot for our Cheetahs. The Université de Laval Rouge et Or quarterback had an outstanding day on Sunday, September 23rd with an amazing five touchdowns in the team’s 53-7 win over the McGill Redmen. Richard completed every one of his first 16 pass attempts en route to a fantastic 28-for-30 performance for 362 yards and four touchdowns. He thus passed the former Rouge et Or quarterback Mathieu Bertrand for fourth place in the history of the RSEQ with 59 career touchdowns. To these impressive figures obtained in only the first half of play, Richard added a rushing major of his own, his 27th career, which propels him to 6th place in the history of the RSEQ in this category. Unsurprisingly, this exceptional performance landed him the league’s Offensive Player of the Week honours.