Badger Briefs

Maddalena, Callender, and Wright named Brock Sports Obsession Athletes of the WeekThe Brock Sports Obsession Male and Female Athletes of the Week for the week ending September 30th are men’s lacrosse player Pat Maddalena and men’s rugby player Jim Callender and women’s rugby player Gennie Wright.

Maddalena, a third-year Physical Education student had another outstanding week for the Badgers as he was in on 14 of Brock’s 19 goals with eight goals and six assists. In Brock’s 8-7 victory over the defending champion Guelph Gryphons he contributed with four goals and an assist. On Sunday versus Laurier he capped off an already impressive weekend with four goals and five assists.

Callender, a third-year Physical Education student played a key role the men’s rugby team’s 1-1 record for the week and their first victory of the season. He was the Badgers’ top scorer with four trys for 20 points including the game-winner in their 24-5 victory over York.

Wright, a second-year Physical Education student led Brock’s women’s rugby team to a 5-3 upset over Western. Wright’s fourth try of the season came when she broke through the Mustangs defense for the Badgers only score of the game. She currently leads the team with 20 points.

Brock inducts eight into Badger Hall of Fame

Brock University’s Badger Hall of Fame has eight new members after Tammy Balkwill (Eborall) (1983-86) – Swimming, Bryan Stride (1973-77) – Track & Field/Cross Country, Brian Wasylowich (1983-88) – Swimming, and Joe Domarchuk (1983-87) – Wrestling, Diane Hilko (1978-84) – Women’s Basketball, and Dave Picton (1991-96) – Men’s Basketball. Dr. Don Lorimer and Paul Jackson were inducted into the hall’s Builder section.

Baseball splits with Toronto in OUA action

The men’s baseball team dropped to 9-2 in OUA action and 15-4 overall when they split their weekend series with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

In game one, third-year Stefan Strecker threw a three-hitter as the Badgers edged the Blues 2-1. The Badgers went into the second game looking to clinch first place but were dropped 9-5 by Toronto. Dan Baribeau continued to be one of the OUA’s top hitters as he went 3-7. Matt Stezycki (3-8) and Matt Pickett (2-3) each had multiple hit games while Pickett added two doubles. In order to get the first place seed that eluded them this weekend the Badgers need to win all three of their remaining OUA games. First place will give them home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Callender paces men’s rugby to first win of season

Brock’s men’s rugby team captured their first win of the season with a sound 24-5 victory over the York University Yeomen this past Saturday.

After being tied 5-5 through 45 minutes of play, the Badgers came up big in the second half. Led by Jim Callender, the Badgers posted 19 straight second half points en route to the 24-5 win. Callender recorded two trys in the win bringing his season total to five.

Women’s soccer team breaks their goose egg

After going winless in their first four games of the 2001-2002 season, Brock’s varsity women’s soccer team was in need of a big effort to get themselves out of the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) cellar.

Unfortunately, the Badger offense could not beat the Wilfred Laurier defenders more then once Saturday afternoon and dropped a 2-1 decision to the Golden Hawks. On Sunday though, Brock scored three times en route to a 3-1 victory over the Ryerson Rams. The win brings Brock’s record to 1-4 on the season.

In Saturday’s match up versus Laurier Sara Scalia scored the second Badger goal of the season and the first of her OUA career to tie the game early in the second half on a crossing play from Michelle Edgar and Erin Murphy. The disappointing season would continue though as Laurier scored late in the second half to derail the Badgers’ attempt at an upset victory.

On Sunday, Brock stayed composed in a very physical game. The Badgers’ will and determination paid off as Erika Anderson, Sarah Millar, and rookie Laura Johnston all scored for Brock in the 3-1 victory.

Brock will host Guelph this Friday at 1 p.m. (Ryan Cousineau)

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