Thursday, February 18, 2010

Coaches Update - February 18, 2010

Another season has come to a close with our playoff loss to Toronto last night, 62-54. We opened the game very tentatively and Toronto took advantage, taking an early 6 point lead. By the end of the quarter we had settled down somewhat and trailed by 1, 11-10. The second quarter was not much different, although we were able to gain the point back and go into the half tied at 23. The start of the third quarter was our undoing, surrendering 23 points in the first 6 minutes and digging a 14 point hole. The start of the fourth quarter was our time to battle back, quickly erasing most of the deficit. Down two points, we had several possessions where neither team could find the bottom of the net. With time running out, we were forced to foul, resulting in the 62-54 final. And so our season ends.

As disappointing as the loss is, reflecting back on the season has its rewards as well. In 2008-2009 we had a league record of 7-15, finishing in 6th spot in the East (our worst finish in over 20 years). This season, with only 6 returning players, our record improved to 13-9, good for a 3rd place finish. We beat every team in our division (sweeping Ottawa, York & RMC) with the exception of Carleton (lost by 2 and 7). While there were many hills & valleys, injuries & illness, our team continued to play hard, both in games and in practice, and we continued to improve. With off-season training, continued competitiveness, and the addition of some very talented recruits, we will be even stronger next season!

Many thanks to all our supporters over the season, whether through attendance at games, or emails/letters of good wishes - all very much appreciated.

All the best.