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NCL Weekly Notes: January 19 to 25, 2015

Montreal Showdown
On the night of Wednesday, January 21, old foes CAMO and Dollard renewed their rivalry in a much anticipated match in Dollard. The game more than lived up to the hype; as the final buzzer sounded, the two teams were deadlocked at 20.

CAMO came into the game in desperate need of a victory after having started the season with one win, one draw, and four losses, several of which that came in heartbreaking fashion. Their rough start had them sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and needing to climb over three teams to earn a spot at the National Finals. As the game opened, CAMO played with the intensity you would expect given their situation, and jumped to an early 5-2 lead. As the 2nd quarter opened, CAMO’s leading goal scorer Félix Poliseno began to take over the game scoring five of his game-high nine goals in the period, the last of which staked his team to a 13-7 halftime lead.
Dollard may be currently holding down that all important 2nd seed, but with the Mavericks and Titans hot on their heels, the Devils could not afford a let up. Dollard came out strong in the 3rd quarter and slowly began to reel CAMO in. With 2 minutes to go in the 3rd, they had cut the six-goal deficit to three and were looking for more; but once again, Felix Poliseno made his mark on the game. Poliseno scored three consecutive goals to re-establish CAMO’s six-goal cushion and seemingly put the game away.

The Devils have had a never-say-die attitude this year and they were not content in simply letting CAMO run out the clock. CAMO had played a near perfect road game so far, but Dollard’s continued fight began to take its toll on their players. Playing shorthanded with only one substitute, CAMO coach Robert Couillard could not call on fresh reserves to spell his players and could only watch as Dollard stormed back in the 4th. Three straight Devil goals in the final three minutes brought Dollard within one and with 22 seconds to go, Marc-Andre Roy scored the tying goal to rescue a point for Dollard and deny their rivals a crucial victory. These teams will have three more cracks at each other the rest of the way and one can only hope they will match the drama of Wednesday night’s game.
St-Lambert women continue to fight
The St-Lambert 19U Men’s and Women’s teams have gone in opposite directions to start this inaugural NCL season. The men have gone 8-0-1 to lead the conference, while the women have lost their first seven games to start the season. If you happened to watch the St-Lambert women’s game against Dollard on Friday however, you might have thought they were right up there in the standings with men. Even with a winless record on the season, the St-Lambert women show up to every game ready and willing to give 100% effort.
The game looked sure to be an uneven match, undefeated Dollard playing winless St-Lambert; the final score: Dollard 17, St-Lambert 15. Most would have excused St-Lambert if they simply had resigned themselves to their fate, but that was never a thought for the team from Montreal’s south shore. Led on the night by strong goal scoring efforts from Alice Nepveu, Pascale Melançon, Élizabeth Pelland, and Élizabeth Bolduc and tough goalkeeping from Fanny Boutrouille, St-Lambert gave Dollard a run for their money. Even though they came up a couple goals short, it was a great effort, and proved that to judge the St-Lambert women on their record alone would certainly be a folly.

This week in the NCL
With the UANA cup taking centre stage in Markham from January 28 to February 1, the NCL is having a quiet week to end the month. There are five MLWP games this week and no 16U or 19U games. If you can’t make it out to Markham for the UANA cup, Claude-Robillard in Montreal is your next best bet to catch some water polo action this week. Thursday, January 29 will feature a MLWP tripleheader at Claude Robillard. More Dollard-CAMO action will start the evening as the Dollard women will face CAMO Bleu followed by the men against the CAMO Maitres. The nightcap features Laval against the CAMO Roadrunners as the Tritons will have one last shot at trying to topple the Roadrunners on the season, already having suffered two tight losses to the conference leaders.



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