Mustangs trample Gryphons
Rookie Kandola nets hat trick
By Ian Van Den Hurk
SHAKE YO' GROOVE
THANG. The women's lacrosse team got it on Sunday
against the Guelph Gryphons. The Mustangs came out on top
9-6 over Moo U.
What do rapper 50 Cent and Western Mustang Melissa Kandola
have in common? They've both got the "Magic Stick."
Led by first-year attack forward Melissa Kandola, the Mustang
women's lacrosse team downed the Guelph Gryphons 9-6 on a cool
and cloudy Sunday afternoon.
The Mustangs strolled onto the field very loose and relaxed
for the game and despite falling behind early, they controlled
both halves of the game.
Guelph midfielder Meghan Stewart scored the first of her three
goals very early in the game after firing a quick shot past
Mustang goaltender Christine Kutchma. Seconds later Stewart
set up a beautiful breakaway to teammate Yolanda Lloyd, but
Kutchma made the first of many brilliant saves to end the threat.
The Mustangs quickly pushed the ball up field and attack wing
Lisa Meobus finished the rush off with a goal.
A minute later Guelph regained their one goal lead as Lloyd
carved towards the net with a defender on her hip and slipped
the ball past Kutchma's feet.
After applying constant pressure, Western lit up the scoreboard
again thanks to a nice goal by Kandola. Western centre Catherine
Gordon fired a high pass from behind the Gryphon's net, but
Kandola was able to snag the ball and fire it past Guelph netminder
Gryphon midfielder Sarah White scored shortly thereafter but
it would be the last lead Guelph would see. After being fouled
in front of the Gryphon's net, Kandola took the ball and easily
scored on a hard shot just outside the crease.
Kandola stole the show with three goals and three assists
on the day. Although she is playing her first year with the
Western squad, Kandola is far from a rookie. She's played lacrosse
for six years and has participated with the under-19 Team Ontario
and Team Canada lacrosse teams.
"[I help the team] with my knowledge of the game through the
programs I've been in before," Kandola said.
Western was also helped out by a number of fouls committed
by the Gryphons. Guelph head coach Gary Dobbie was clearly
unimpressed with his team's lack of discipline. "[We] went
crazy. They started hacking and taking penalties, getting angry.
They were just frustrated."
Mustangs player-coach Tara Williams was ecstatic with her
team's play. "It was amazing, all positive things. We're improving
each and every game on working together," Williams said.
"[We] were well mannered - using our heads and playing smart," Williams
Unfortunately, the Mustangs weren't able to secure a perfect
record on Sunday - they lost 13-8 to McGill University.