The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association has released the schedules for the upcoming 2018/19 varsity season.
The women's soccer team gets things going for the Lancers with a home game on Friday September 7th against rivals, Durham Lords. The Lancers take on the season under new leadership for the first time in 14 seasons. Local soccer guru and new head coach, Rob Terry looks to shake things up with an onslaught of new faces mixed with veterans and an entirely new style of play.
Terry and his team will play a 12 game schedule that includes a home and away game against 6 east schools that range from as far west as Seneca Sting all the way east to the Algonquin Thunder.
The Lancers wrap up their regular season matches on Tuesday October 16th when they host the St. Lawrence Vikings at 7pm.
The women's soccer team is holding open training camps throughout the summer that are open to athletes of all skill level. Contact Coach Terry for camp details.
TRAINING CAMP DATES:
Saturday July 14th – 11am
Saturday July 28th – 11am
Sunday August 12th – 4pm
Led by new Head Coach Kevin Beatty, the cross country squad will compete in 4 Invitational Tournaments in preparations for the OCAA Provincial Championships in Toronto.
In his first year with the Lancers, Coach Beatty has been working hard to bring new runners to the team and has begun rigorous training sessions to get the athletes ready for the start of season. Having been a varsity athlete himself, Coach Beatty understand the importance of commitment to both training and the team itself.
With back-to-back-to-back weekends to kick off their season, the Lancers travel to Fanshawe (London), Fleming (Peterborough) and Seneca (Toronto) in September before a hard earned weekend off over Thanksgiving.
The Centennial Colts host the last OCAA Invitational meet of the season on October 13th in preparation for the Provincial Championships they host only 2 weeks later.
Following Provincials, qualifying athletes move on to the National Championships November 9th & 10th in Toronto hosted by the Seneca Sting.
Men's rugby has their latest start in recent years when they hit the road on Wednesday September 19th to face the Fleming Knights in their first of 6 matches. With newly appointed head coach Kyle Ripley at the reigns, the Lancers look to improve on their 2017 record and make a run at the playoffs scheduled for the end of October.
Ripley, who's been an assistant coach with the team for 5 seasons, has rounded out his coaching staff with experienced & talented coaches to help push the team in the right direction. With returning players like Ryan McDougall and Blake Maracle in the mix along with a number of high level recruits, the team is shaping up to be a competitive force in the East division.
The Lancers' play host to the Durham Lords twice and the St. Lawrence Vikings once throughout their season before finishing off league play in Ottawa against the Algonquin Thunder on Sunday Octy. 21st. In a nice change of pace from previous seasons, the majority of the team's games fall on Wednesday nights instead of the typical Saturday or Sunday matches.
Coach Ripley & his coaching staff will be hosting training sessions in the month of August to get a jump start on the season. Anyone interested in attending, contact Coach Ripley.
Coach Ken Fitzgerald and his Bronze medal winning team are back and looking for another medal in OCAA Women's Rugby 7s.
With the majority of last year's players returning for the 2017/18 season and some extremely talented recruits coming in, the team will look to pick up where they left off. Coach Fitzgerald has worked tirelessly since the end of last season to ensure his team continues to grow and develop.
Lead by veterans Kierstyn Bennett & Rachelle Mallet, the Lancers compete in their first tournament at Durham College on September 29th followed by a division cross-over at Fleming College where they'll face off against the teams from the West.
Then, for the first time in history, the Lancers have the opportunity to play in front of the home crowd when they host the final regular season tournament on October 20th. East division teams will compete on the upper field of Loyalist's main campus in an exciting round robin that should finalize rankings for the Provincial Championships on November 3rd.