Eight varsity squads competed since our previous report from last Sunday night. There were two Women’s teams competing in playoff action. First, our Div.2 Lady Soccer Cheetahs won their semifinal match on Saturday here at Vanier, and then they won their final match on Sunday to win the Conference Championships! Also, our Lady Rugby Cheetahs won their quarterfinal match over André-Laurendeau 19-15, also here at Vanier on Sunday, punching their ticket to next Sunday’s semi-finals at John Abbott College. We were also very happy to see that our Div.1 Men’s Basketball Cheetahs improved their season record to 3-0 with an 82-70 win over Édouard-Montpetit in the team’s home opener before their boisterous Vanier fans on Friday evening. In the home doubleheader, our Div.1 Lady Basketball Cheetahs played their strongest game in this early part of the season, but they lost by just 3 points. Here’s the full rundown on all the action.

By Denis Lafontaine, Vanier Athletics Webmaster

Div.2 Women’s Soccer Celebrate First Ever Championship

On the weekend, our Lady Soccer Cheetahs participated in the conference championship playoffs which were held right here at Vanier. In their semifinal game VS Saint-Jean on Saturday, took a stirring 2-0 victory to advance to the finals on Sunday. (In Saturday’s other semifinal game, Édouard-Montpetit, who finished in 4th place with a record of 3-5 took a surprise 1-0 win over the heavily-favoured Dawson Blues who had finished in first place with a 6-1-1 record (just one point ahead of 2nd place Vanier).

And so on Sunday, Vanier played Édouard-Montpetit in the do-or-die finals and THEY WON AGAIN, this time by a margin of 4-2! Clara Gariepy Lacasse scored two goals in the game, with single goals from Alexandra Agozzino and Angelica Cipriano. So now, as Conference Champions, they advance to the Provincial Championships which will be played at Patro de Charlesbourg just north of Quebec City on Saturday, November 3rd in a semifinal match against against Champlain-Lennoxville starting at 10:00 AM. If they win in the semifinals, they will play in the Gold Medal match on Sunday at 3:00 PM. Congratulations, Lady Cheetahs! This is the first time the team has ever won a championship, so it’s a tremendous achievement of which we are very proud indeed. They had seen a major improvement in their results from 2018 compared to 2017. Last year their regular season record was 2 wins 3 losses and 3 tie, while this year they improved to 6 wins and 2 losses in the regular season followed by two wins (so far) in the playoffs. Good luck in the Provincials, Lady Cheetahs!!

On Tuesday evening, our Men’s Soccer Cheetahs played in the Regional playoff quarterfinals VS Montmorency in a game held right here at Vanier. Unfortunately, they lost a 1-0 squeaker and so they were unable to advance to the semifinals held on Saturday, October 27th, thus ending their season. We offer our congratulations to Head Coach Vince Gidari and to the entire team for a very competitive season. Our Div.1 Men’s Soccer Cheetahs saw a significant improvement this year over last season’s results. In 2017, their regular season record was 3 wins, 6 losses and 1 tie and they didn’t qualify for the playoffs, while in this year’s 2018 season, they had 5 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties and they advanced to the playoffs. Keep up the hard work, men!

Our Vanier Div. 1 Basketball teams played their home openers in a doubleheader on Friday evening VS the Édouard-Montpetit Lynx. In the first game, the Lady Basketball Cheetahs lost a close 59-56 see-saw match, which dropped their record to 0-3. In the second game, however, the Div.1 Men’s Basketball team raised their season record to 3-0 after taking a hard-fought 82-70 win.

Here is Men’s Coach Andy Hertzog’s report on these two games:

“Our Division 1 basketball teams had their home openers Friday night, hosting the Lynx of Édouard-Montpetit.

The women’s game was an exciting back-and-forth contest. Our women led 21-19 after the first quarter, but trailed 36-32 at halftime. Both teams had trouble scoring in the 3rd quarter, and we entered the final period down 44-39. We started off the 4th quarter on a 6-0 run and regained the lead at 45-44. We continued to lead 50-49 when the Lynx went on a 5-point run to take a 54-50 advantage. We closed the gap to a single point at 57-56 but could not score again, and our guests prevailed 59-56. Debora Aboagye was once again our top performer with 18 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. April Whyne had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.

In the second half of the doubleheader, our men took on a very scrappy Lynx team. The first quarter went back and forth, and we finally opened up a small 25-21 lead at the end of the period. We started off the 2nd quarter on a 11-2 run and extended our lead to 13, and we led by 14 late in the period, but Edouard scored the last 5 points of the half and cut our advantage to 45-36 at halftime. The Lynx started the 3rd quarter on a 5-0 run, but we regained some momentum later in the period and re-established our 9-point lead, up 64-55 going into the final period. We maintained our advantage through the end of the game and prevailed 82-70, running our league record to 3-0. Our leading scorer was Pier-Olivier Racine, who had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Steeve Joseph had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals. Karim Mané had 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals. Haris Elezovic chipped in with 9 points and 8 boards.

Our Division 1 teams host another doubleheader next Friday night, November 2, against the Montmorency Nomades. The women’s game is at 7:00 PM and the men’s game follows at 9:00 PM.”

After being the subject of a feature video by journalist Dominic Fazzioli last week, Karim Mané was again featured, this time in an article in the Journal Métro. Click here to read it.
Also, Hoops on the Rise posted game highlights of the Div.1 Men’s win over Édouard-Montpetit on Friday evening. Click here to watch it.

Also on Friday evening, our Div.2 Men’s Hoopsters played their third game of the regular season, a road matchup at Saint-Jean which they ended up losing 88-59, dropping their season record to 1-2. Their next game will also be on the road, this time at Édouard-Montpetit on Sunday, November 4th, starting at 3:00 PM.

On Saturday evening, our Men’s Football Cheetahs played their last game of the regular season, this one a road match at Collège Notre-Dame-de-Foy. It was a hotly-contested affair on a snowy field, and it ended with the Cheetahs losing 20-16, making their final regular season record 6-3. Here are details on Saturday’s game at Notre-Dame-de-Foy.

The Cheetahs were the only team to score in the first quarter, taking a 3-0 lead after a 16-yard field goal booted by Vanier kicker Adam Mahrouse. In the second quarter, the Cheetahs extended their lead to 10-0 following a TD pass from quarterback Daniel Sananes to receiver Jonathan Exumé. However before the end of the quarter, CNDF responded with 10 points of their own from a touchdown, safety, and a single to knot the score at 10-10 at the half. Things continued to go in favour of CNDF in the third quarter as they scored 10 more points from a touchdown and field goal to take a 20-10 lead. The Cheetahs responded half way into the fourth quarter with a TD pass from Daniel Sananes to Sam El-Mashtoub to make it 20-16, but that remained the final score as CNDF closed the door on the Vanier offence from then on to seal the win.

Offensively, the Cheetahs were led by quarterback Daniel Sananes who completed 18 out of 33 passes for 212 total yards including 2 TDs. His top receivers were Nicholas Cénacle (5 catches for 81 yards), Sam El-Mashtoub ( 3 catches for 62 yards and 1 TD), and Jonathan Exumé (6 catches for 39 yards and 1 TD). Our top rusher was Kevin Foster who ran 25 times for 132 total yards. Our top defensive players were Ben Labrosse and Yshad Benjamin (both with 8.5 tackles) ans well as Costa Papanikolaou (7 tackles, 1 QB sack, 3 tackles for a loss).

Their next game will be in the playoff quarterfinals. They will face the 6th-place team from Saint-Jean right here at Vanier on Saturday, November 3rd at 6:00 PM. If they win, they will advance to the semifinals on Saturday, November 10th.

On Sunday, both of our rugby teams played in games here at Vanier. Our Lady Rugby Cheetahs played in their playoff quarterfinals VS André-Laurendeau, and they emerged with a close 19-15 WIN which will advance them to the Conference Championship Semifinals which will be played VS John Abbott College on their home field on Sunday, November 4th starting at 12 noon. Congratulations, Ladies!

Later on Sunday, the Men’s Rugby Cheetahs played their last game of the regular season, a home match VS the perennially dominant John Abbott Islanders, and the Islanders had no trouble completing their perfect season with a 60-5 win over Vanier, eliminating them from eligibility to participate in the Conference Championship playoffs. The Men finish with a record of 2 wins and 3 losses. Congratulations to Coach Ron Chiasson and the entire team for a hard-fought season.

Finally, just a reminder that with our Lady Flag Football Cheetahs finishing their season in sole possession of first place with a perfect 10-0 record, they next play in the league playoff semifinals which will be held right here at Vanier on Saturday, November 3rd. They will face Gérald-Godin at 10:00 AM. If they win, they then advance to the finals the day after, Sunday, November 4th, 11:00 AM, at Collège Lionel-Groulx against the winner of the other semi-final match (Terrebonne VS Joliette, Saturday noon, also played here at Vanier).

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