A year in Falcons sports
5-2-1; that's the record of the 2007-2008 Men's soccer team. 9-1-1; that's the record for the 2008-2009 season. Thanks to Head Coach Paul D'Hollander, Fanshawe finished with the third best record—behind Sheridan and Algonquin—in the province.
Throughout the season, Fanshawe's only loss came to a Sheridan in a close 1-0 game. The tie came against St. Claire October 10 in a 2-2 game. While Fanshawe put on an outstanding effort throughout the season - third ranked defense in the province—they had an early exit in the quarter finals after a 2-0 loss to Seneca.
The memorable season did not go unrewarded. Head Coach Paul D'Hollander not only won the OCAA Central West/West Coach of the Year award, but the CCAA Coach of the Year award. D'Hollander's outstanding coaching led to several awards for the Falcons.
Maciej (Matt) Szydlowski won Central West/West Rookie of the Year award, as well as being honoured the regional scoring champion (1.09 GPG). Fanshawe's Robert Dashou and Mark Haynes both won Central West/West top goalkeepers helping Fanshawe earn best defensive team in the West region. For the Central West/West league all-star team, Fanshawe's Osei-Poku (Kofi) Boatang and Maciej (Matt) Szydlowski received the honours.
The 2008-09 season was D'Hollander's ninth season as the Fanshawe Falcons head coach. In the nine seasons as head coach, D'Hollander has led the Falcons to three OCAA bronze medals.
The men's soccer team played an astonishing season. The women's soccer team, on the other hand, did not play so well. At the end of the season, the women finished with a 5-2-3 record, putting six teams ahead of them in points provincially, and placed them second in the West region.
Fanshawe started the season with a 1-0 loss to the Redeemers, but managed to win three in a row until a tie with Humber. With five games left to go, Fanshawe tied Conestoga twice, lost to Lambton, and defeated St. Clair twice.
In the quarterfinals, the women saw a quick exit by the Seneca Sting, losing 3-1. The last time the women have won a provincial championship was in the 2005-06 season.
While the women did not perform as well as the men, they were graced with a few awards. Fanshawe's Alana Cornet (averaged 0.80 GPG), was the West region scoring champion, and was honoured on the Central West/West all-star team. Emily Gillet from Fanshawe also was put onto the Central West/West region all-star team.
The women displayed a subpar offense throughout the season, but their defensive skills were noticed as they won Best Defensive Team in the West region.
The women's season started off on a shaky rollercoaster with two straights losses. One loss came against Mohawk 3-1, and the other against Nipissing in a 3-0 shutout. From then on, the women continued on the shaky coaster finishing 10-10 in the regular season.
The women's mediocre record did not give them a qualifier bye, but instead a match against Georgian to get into the quarter finals. The 13-7 Georgian Grizzlies had no problem disposing of the Fanshawe Falcons as they won 3-1.
The whole season was not a big disappointment, though. Heather Murray managed to tie the record for most aces (13) in a single game against Lambton Lions. Unfortunately, Murray's acing skills did not earn her a spot on the Women's West Region First Team All-Stars. Instead, Nipissing and Humber occupied seven out of the fourteen spots for the Second and First team all-stars.
The only Fanshawe Falcon that received an award was Megan Walls. She was awarded the West Rookie of the Year award after being second on the team for points per game.
With a 12-4 record, Fanshawe won the West region. The four losses that were given to the Falcons came at the hands of Nipissing, Mohawk, St. Clair, and Redeemer. By winning the West region, the Falcons did not have to play in the qualifier game.
In the quarter finals game, Fanshawe faced Trent. In a close match, the Falcons nudged past Trent 3-2 moving them to the semi finals. In the semis, Fanshawe faced the 15-3 Seneca Sting. Seneca proved to be too much for Fanshawe knocking them out by winning 3-1, and sending them to the bronze medal game.
Fanshawe would be facing a familiar opponent in the bronze medal game: Mohawk College. During the regular season, Fanshawe shut them out in their first meeting 3-0, and in the second meeting Fanshawe was defeated 3-1. In their third meeting, Mohawk earned the bronze by winning 3-0 over Fanshawe.
While the Falcons missed bronze medal, they did receive some honours. Head Coach Josh Westgate received West Head Coach of the Year. Patrick Fishman and Jordan McTavish earned West Region First team all-stars, while Matthew Westman earned West Region Second team all-stars.
Another year has passed, and another one has yet to come. Congratulations to all the Fanshawe players and coaches for contributing to another great and exciting years of athletics.