Lancers Drop Opener

Queen's running back Jesse Andrews is tripped up on his way to the end zone by Lancers defensive back Louis Polyzois. Andrews would score the first major of the game, on the next play, to help lead the Gaels to a 39-30 win over Windsor on Labour Day.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Queen’s running back Jesse Andrews is tripped up on his way to the end zone by Lancers defensive back Louis Polyzois. Andrews would score the first major of the game, on the next play, to help lead the Gaels to a 39-30 win over Windsor on Labour Day.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Lancers football looked good on Monday despite the sixth straight loss to the Queen’s Gaels, 39-30. Windsor’s key players were firing on all cylinders as well as showing the ability to play well from a deficit.

The Gaels jumped out to a 15-0 lead by the end of the 1st quarter, as the Lancers looked for their game footing. The visitors tallied a major at 5:46 as Jesse Andrews lumbered from 3 yards out for the score. Two field goals and a safety rounded out the first period scoring for Queen’s.

Windsor erased the lead early in the 2nd quarter when Evan Pszczonak pulled down a 90-yard pass from Austin Kennedy and Dylan Whitfield capped an 82-yard drive was an 11-yard touchdown reception. The Lancers then took a 23-17 advantage when Beau Lumley scrambled for 32 yards and the TD at 2:48. However, Queen’s retook the lead with 14 seconds left in the half on an Alex Carroll reception.

Austin Kennedy led the Windsor Lancers with

Austin Kennedy led the Windsor Lancers with 393 yards and three TD’s on 26-41 passing.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor went ahead again in the 3rd quarter on Pszczonak’s second TD reception of the game, this time a 39-yard pass from Kennedy. But the Gaels took over for good at 10:42 of the final frame on a touchdown reception by Peter Hannon, then followed it up with a Doug Corby 55 yard pass and run from Queen’s QB Billy McPhee.

Windsor seniors Kennedy and Pszczonak are expected to help the Lancers in their quest to improve on the 4-4 2013 record. Described by the OUA’s Mike Hogan as “Arguably the OUA’s most exciting player,” Kennedy showed his worth on Labour Day by firing 393 yards and three TD’s on a 63% completion rate. For his part, the General Amherst grad Pszczonak hauled in 7 catches for 187 yards including two touchdowns. But the two star players won’t have to carry the Lancers on their own.

Third year running back, 6-foot, 202 lb Beau Lumley, out of Herman, was given the lion’s share of running plays as he turned up field for 115 yards on 14 carries. And defensively Louis Polyzois, 5th year from St Mike’s in Toronto, made eight tackles and four helpers, on the day.

Lancers football Beau Lumley

Beau Lumley returned the opening kick-off 23 yards for the Lancers as they faced Queen’s Gaels in the season opener at Alumni Stadium.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Windsor will next take on the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks this Saturday at 1:00 pm on Alumni Field. Laurier is coming off a 53-17 trouncing of Toronto at Varsity Stadium on Monday. Windsor and the Golden Hawks have split the last eight games they have met, but the Lancers have won the last two, both by a 1-point spread. Saturday’s game should be another nail biter.

Lancers football Joe D'Amore Mike Havey

Prior to the opening kick-off, Lancers head coach Joe D’Amore (l) and Athletic Director Mike Havey (r) accepted a cheque for $5,000 from the National Football League’s On Campus program.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata
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