Purple Pipe: Melissa Kandola
A SIX POINT GAME
MAKES ME SMILE. Melissa Kandola, this week's Purple
Pipe winner, was livin' large following her Darryl
Sittler-esque six points against Guelph last weekend.
The Mustangs women's teams are definitely showing their stuff
this year, as this week's winner of the Purple Pipe is yet
another female athlete, Melissa Kandola.
Kandola is a member of the women's lacrosse team and after
this weekend's performance, it was impossible not to feature
her as athlete of the week.
In a 9-6 victory over Guelph on Sunday, Kandola was responsible
for not only three goals, but three assists as well. The game,
which began in a relaxed pace, turned into an intense match
between the Gryphons and Mustangs. The teams scored in alternating
turns, beginning with Guelph. However, the Mustangs kept right
on their opponent's tail, not giving up for a second. After
teammate Lisa Meobus's first goal, Melissa scored the second
goal for Western. She continued to help her team score after
a foul against her and then lit up the score board once again.
The team has had a decent season thus far with two losses
(Laurier and McGill) and two wins (Guelph and York) and are
looking forward to continuing their success. The Mustangs will
use the season as a time to improve their standings. When it
comes to the playoffs, they will know what they are up against
and be able to build on last year's OUA silver medal.
Jock Talk with Melissa Kandola
What are your past lacrosse experiences?
I've played for Team Ontario and last year I was a member
of the Under-19 Team Canada. I broke my back in Jan. 2002 and
couldn't play at that level anymore; it was really disappointing.
I did end up playing in the summer for the Brampton Rep team
How do you think your past playing experiences contribute
to the team?
I think I help the team with stuff I have learned about the
game such as strategies and team chemistry, so we can create
a positive team attitude.
How did you become interested in lacrosse?
My sister played for York University and I just really wanted
to be exactly like her. I started when I was about 14 for the
Brampton Rep team and just loved the game.
In the game against Guelph you scored three goals and added
three assists. How do you feel about that?
Really? I didn't know that! (laughs). I just like contributing
to attacking - points are just numbers that help us win the
game and I always want to help the team.
Guelph was playing kind of rough at Sunday's game. Was it
hard to keep your cool when they were fouling so often?
It's kind of funny. The joke was on them, because we were
winning and they were getting all the calls. We were playing
just as aggressive as they were, we just didn't make any illegal
plays. They were just frustrated.
What are your overall goals for this year's season?
Personally, I want to get more assists - I like them better
than goals. I really admire players that can get as many assists
as goals. With the team, I want our entire team to contribute
to the attack. I used to play defense and it's nice if you
can play that position but still score.