Lancer QB Reaches Milestone

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2 – Interceptions returned for touchdowns by Queen’s defensive back Yann Dita-Balotoken (Toronto). Dita-Balotoken was the difference in the Gaels 31-24 win over the McMaster Marauders, returning his second pick six for 70 yards on what was the game-winning score. The third-year Kinesiology major also picked up 4.5 tackles to go with his 169 yards and two touchdowns. 

4 – Goals in two games for York rookie Jonathan Lao (Unionville, Ont.). Lao made a statement to start his OUA career scoring both Lions goals against Windsor and adding two more – including the game winner – against Brock. The first-year midfielder leads the OUA in goals and shots (seven) and was named the Pioneer Energy OUA and CIS male athlete of the week.

25 – Saves for Waterloo keeper Lesia Bandura (Kitchener, Ont.). The Warriors lost 2-0 to Western and No. 8 Laurier, but Bandura certainly did her part, turning aside 25 of 29 shots. The fourth-year Kinesiology student was credited with 16 saves against Western and nine against Laurier. In 16 appearances last season, Bandura made 82 saves, so she is almost a third of the way there through two games and leads all OUA goalies in saves this season.

71 – Points for the No. 4 Western Mustangs against the Carleton Ravens. The 71-4 score represented the high and low of the weekend, but the large point spread was expected with a young Carleton team lining up against the fourth-ranked team in the country. Mustangs QB Will Finch (Burlington, Ont.) threw for 409 yards and three touchdowns, RB Garret Sanvido (Vancouver, B.C.) rushed for 125 yards and two scores while WR George Johnson (London, Ont.) caught for 167 and one major.

180 – Minutes for Brock defender Sara Vitaterna (Niagara Falls, Ont.). Vitaterna, a fourth-year Math major, did not leave the field over the weekend, playing both games from start to finish. As a result, Vitaterna helped the Brock defence keep a clean sheet against UOIT and York en route to earning two draws to start the season.

450 – Career completions for Windsor QB Austin Kennedy (Windsor, Ont.). Kennedy reached the 450 mark by throwing 19 completions (on 38 attempts) for 371 yards, two touchdowns and one interception in Monday’s 24-23 loss to the No. 7 Guelph Gryphons. The fourth-year pivot also surpassed the 6,500 yard mark (6,538) and is 1,024 career yards shy of Kyle Quinlan (7,562).


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