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SPORTS

Mustangs trample Gryphons
Rookie Kandola nets hat trick

By Ian Van Den Hurk
Gazette Writer

Matt Prince/Gazette
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 Jenna Charlton.

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 said.

Unfortunately, the Mustangs weren't able to secure a perfect record on Sunday - they lost 13-8 to McGill University.

 

 

 

 

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