Volume 94, Issue 51

Wednesday, November 29, 2000


SPORTS

Men notch first win - Swimmers split at Laurier meet

Lady hoopsters fold - again

Yeomen yank away waterpolo win

Western badminton team flying

Yeomen yank away waterpolo win

By Joel Brown
Gazette Staff

"Three" was an unlucky number for Western's waterpolo team Saturday in the Ontario University Athletics semi-final action against the York Yeomen.

After taking a 6-2 lead into half time, the Mustangs were well on their way to cementing their spot in the championship game.

But with two minutes to go in the third quarter, York was able to kill off a Western power-play and proceeded to score on the next three counter-attacks, according to Yeomen head coach Ross MacDonald. From then on York took control of the game for good and won the game 10-8.

"That was the turning point," MacDonald said. "I think it got Western to question themselves."

Western's head coach, Ray Lumsden, agreed. His team was unable to recover from the sudden barrage of Yeomen goals, led by driver Bo Cernic.

"He might be the best player in the conference. He started to get a few goals against us and we just fell apart."

Lumsden said the breakdown could be attributed to Western's difficulty on offence in the second half

"We weren't finishing," he said. "We had many chances but we didn't get the ball in the back of the net."

Western centre-forward Rob Clark, who does not expect to return to Western next year, said he was especially disappointed with the loss.

"I don't think that there's anything of value after winning in this league. When the team you're handling goes on to win, of course it's going to be a disappointment.

"We've got a young team but I thought we really had a chance to win. Especially since York went on to beat McMaster [14-11] in the championship game."

While York wound up grabbing the gold medal, Western came away with bronze as they went on to beat Toronto 11-5 in Sunday's consolation game.

Lumsden said the stifling play of driver Matt Buckley on Toronto's best defenders was key to the victory.

"He took a head-butt and even a punch, but he kept on going."

Lumsden also said goalie Jim Maclauchlan also had a strong game for the Mustangs squad.

Along with Clark, left-driver Michael Tomlin has played his last game for Western.


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