Both women’s and men’s Lancer basketball teams will play in the Ontario University Athletics final four next weekend after wins Saturday, February 28.
The men earned a third-straight appearance in the championship tournament after besting the McMaster Marauders 85-70 in Hamilton. All five Windsor starters scored in double digits: Alex Campbell with 18, Kahlid Abdel-Gabar with 15 points, 13 points each for Evan Matthews and Rotimi Osuntola Jr., and 10 for Mitch Farrell. Find a full recap at goLancers.ca. The Lancers will play a semi-final against the host Ottawa Gee-Gees at 6 p.m. Friday, March 6.
The women will host the OUA title tournament after a 64-49 quarter-final victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues at the St. Denis Centre Saturday. Fifth-year guard Korissa Williams finished with a game-high 20 points and Caitlyn Longmuir added 15 points off the bench. Cheyanne Roger’s 14 rebounds led all players. The team will open the provincial championship with a semi-final against Lakehead at 6 p.m. Friday. Read the full story, “Lancers defeat Blues; will host final four,” at goLancers.ca.
A record-setting performance by the 4x800m relay squad helped the Lancer men finish third in the team standings at the OUA track and field championship meet at York University on the weekend; the women finished fourth overall.
Windsor’s Paul La Marra, Taylor McArthur, Corey Bellemore and Alex Ullman raced to a 7:30.61 finish in the 4x800m event, shaving almost four seconds off the previous meet record. Ullman also won gold in the men’s 1000m; Bellemore took the bronze medal in that race and gold in the 600m. The two also ran on the silver-medal 4x400m team, along with Jesse Drennan and Matt McLaughlin. Other Lancer silver medallists included Chris Waugh in pole vault, Branden Wilhelm in high jump and Arren Young in long jump. Wilhelm won bronze in long jump, as did Matthew Brisson in 60m hurdles and Angelo Bortolin in triple jump.
The Lancer team’s total of 135 points put it just behind second-place York with 135.5. Guelph finished atop the standings with 157.5 points.
The women brought home a bevy of silver medals: Sarah Swain in pole vault and 60m hurdles, Virginia McLachlan in the 60m ambulatory race, Emily Omahen in long jump, and rookie Sarah Mitton in shot put. Find full OUA results on the team’s website. The next track action will come when Windsor plays host to the national championship meet, March 12 to 14 at the St. Denis Centre.
The Lancer men’s hockey team will have a chance to return to the national title tournament, playing for OUA bronze March 7. The squad’s bid to repeat as provincial champions ended at the hands of the Guelph Gryphons, who beat Windsor 5-4 Saturday to complete a sweep of the best-of-three series. Mike Christou, Daulton Siwak, Dylan Denomme and Spencer Pommells scored for the Lancers in a losing cause.
The team will host the McGill Redmen at 8 p.m. Saturday at South Windsor Arena. The winner will qualify for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships in Halifax, March 12 to 15.