Gryphons have a successful weekend on the field and on the court

Monday, October 3, 2011

  • Photo Credit: Gryphon Athletics

    Photo Credit: Gryphon Athletics

  • Photo Credit: Gryphon Athletics

    Photo Credit: Gryphon Athletics

  • Photo Credit: Gryphon Athletics

    Photo Credit: Gryphon Athletics

Gryphons Weekend Roundup – Sept. 30, 2011


Women’s Volleyball – Guelph lost to Waterloo 2-3

Women’s Volleyball – Guelph lost to McGill 0-3 

Women’s Hockey – Guelph lost to Lethbridge 2-5

Men’s Lacrosse: Guelph defeated Western 13-7

Women’s Basketball: Guelph defeated Ryerson 57-44

Men’s Rugby: Guelph defeated Waterloo 30-20

Gryphons Weekend Roundup – Oct. 2, 2011


Baseball: Waterloo lost to Guelph 1-5

Baseball: Waterloo defeated Guelph 2-0

Field Hockey: Guelph defeated Western @ Kingston 3-0

Women’s Soccer: Laurier defeats Guelph 4-0

Women’s Hockey: Guelph defeated York @ Kincardine 2-1 (exhibition)

Women’s Lacrosse: Guelph defeated Toronto 8-5

Men’s Soccer: Laurier lost to Guelph 0-2

Women’s Volleyball: Guelph defeats McMaster 3-0 (exhibition)

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL – Gryphons Take Their Lumps in Ottawa 

OTTAWA - The University of Guelph women’s volleyball team lost both of their opening day matches at the Ottawa Gee-Gees Invitational tournament on today (Sept. 30). 

The Gryphon’s morning match was a 3-2 loss to the Warriors with set scores of 15-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 15-10. The Gryphons afternoon match was a 3-0 loss to McGill with scores of 18-25, 17-25, 18-25. Guelph used the matches to experiment with different line-ups, but struggled to play as a unit. 

“Our girls had a lot of trouble today playing with different teammates,” said Coach Funk. “We were not a very good team today but tomorrow is another chance to improve our execution.” 

WOMEN’S HOCKEY - Lethbridge Take Gryphons 5-2 in Pre-Season Action

Kincardine, Ont. – The Gryphons women’s ice hockey team fell to Lethbridge today (Sept. 30) in their third exhibition game of the season.

Brittney Crawford scored the first goal for the Gryphons at three minutes and 13 seconds into the first period with assists by to Jackie Sollis and Erin Small. Lethbridge answered with two goals before the end of the first.

Both teams had one goal in the second, with Tamara Bell getting Guelph’s, with assists going to Erin Small and Jackie Sollis. Lethbridge notched another goal halfway through the third to make it 4-2, then added an empty net goal with a minute left.

MEN’S LACROSSE – Gryphons Defeat Mustangs 13-7, Avenge Previous Loss  

Guelph, Ont. - The Gryphons men’s lacrosse team avenged its earlier season loss to Western, by thrashing the Mustangs 13-7 at home tonight (Sept. 30).  

The win moves the Gryphons to 4-1 while the Mustangs fall to 2-2.

Ryan Serville (Pickering, ON) led the Gryphon scoring with four goals and one assist, followed by Jordan Critch (Orangeville, ON) with four goals and Curtis Knight (Oshawa, ON), with two and an assist. Eric Hubert (Mississauga, ON) contributed two and one assist while Garret Williams (Oshawa, ON) and Jordan Daradick (Welland, ON) each had an apple.

For the third game in the row, the Gryphons found themselves down 3-0 midway through the first quarter before they were able to get their offense going. Curtis Knight got the Gryphons on the board after taking a feed from Critch on the team’s first power play of the night.  The quarter ended with the Gryphons down 3-1, but Guelph was finding its stide and came out firing in the next frame.

The second quarter was all Guelph. Midfielders Knight and Critch combined for five goals while the Mustangs could only muster up a single. Defensively, the Gryphons shut the Mustangs down in even strength, and man down play. The Gryphons were clearly in command which, predictably resulted in rash of stick check requests from the Western bench.  

Grasping for any advantage they could get, Western even requested a stick check on Gryphon face off man, Ben Vangalen (Orangeville, ON).  Vangalen dominated draws, going 17/22 on the night and, his stick was legal.  And when Vangalen took a slashing penalty, and couldn’t take a crucial face off, Joe Wasson (Peterborough, ON) stepped in, won the draw and killed most of the remainder of Vangalen’s penalty.

Even when Western started to claw back into the game, scoring two unanswered goals in the third quarter to get within a goal of Guelph, the Gryphon defence once again stood its ground.  After forcing a turn over, the Gryphons settled on offence the Gryphon attack took over. Serville found the back of the net for the first time in the game. Serville went on to score three more in the half and was joined by Hubert who added two.

“Once our guys got focused, Western could not stop us.  We were relentless,” said Coach Kosakowski of the team. “It speaks to our depth, that we could just keep pounding away at them, knowing that on the defensive side of the ball, they weren’t going to beat us six on six.

The Gryphons had no time to rest however as they entertained Marauders at 7:00p.m the following night.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL – Gryphon’s Sore Past Rams in Preseason Matchup 57-44

Guelph, Ont. - The Guelph women’s basketball team topped the Ryerson Rams 57-44 tonight (Sept. 30) in preseason action. Ali Dzikowski led all scorers with 19 points, pacing the way for the Gryphon’s victory.

With Dzikowski connecting on 50% of her shots, the Gryphons were able to take a 10 point lead into the fourth quarter and were never really challenged the rest of the way. Marlee Freeman added 11 off the bench, providing tough defence and giving the Gryphon’s second unit some valuable leadership. 

Guelph used the game to give all 16 players an opportunity to get some valuable game time experience, and the rookies came ready to play. Dana Van Balkom netted seven points in her debut with the Gryphons, and all the rookies showed what kind of heart they will bring to the Guelph squad. 

Angela Tilk led the Rams with 13 points, while Ashley MacDonald netted nine in the defeat. The Rams were held to just 25% shooting, compared to 31% from Guelph. The Rams were also forced into committing a number of turnovers, with the Gryphon’s collecting 15 steals on the night. 

The first quarter saw Guelph take a one point lead thanks to a strong defensive effort. Guelph was able to stretch their lead to two at the break, thanks in large part to Dzikowski’s two three-pointers in the closing minutes of the half.

The Gryphons took control in the third, outscoring the Rams by eight in the quarter to take a 42-32 lead into fourth. The quarter was highlighted by Freeman’s runner in the lane that sent the crowd into frenzy. The game was closed out with the Guelph rookies showing solid poise and determination as they held of the Rams for the victory. 

The next time the Gryphon’s will be in action is Friday, October 28 in Guelph against Trinity Western. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00p.m. 


- Sports Information Department University of Guelph, Gryphon Athletics

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