After going 2-1 at the regional championship at BMO Centre in London on Monday (March 6), the Mohawk Mountaineers have qualified for the OCAA Championship later this month in Ancaster.
The Mountaineers scored three times in the final four minutes to pull out a 3-2 opening game victory over the Georgian Grizzlies.
Their opponents led 1-0 for most of the game. Mara Cascella tied the game with only four minutes remaining, but an exciting contest was far from over, as Georgian replied to take a 2-1 lead. However, Sharon Salim tied it up again with 1:35 remaining and then with only 10 seconds on the scoreboard clock, Cascella won a great ball and one-on-one scored the winner, in what Mountaineers’ co-head coach Michael Castellani described as “an awesome comeback.”
In their second game, versus U of T Mississauga, Mohawk fell behind 2-0, then rallied again to win 3-2, on goals by Danielle Datzkiw, Taylor Campbell and Cascella once again.
Their final game of the regional event saw what coach Castellani termed “a monumental collapse.” The host Fanshawe Falcons romped to a 5-1 victory. Michele DiDionisio got the lone Mohawk goal.
But the Mountaineers will next have a short trip to Redeemer University College for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association Women’s Indoor Championship, presented by belairdirect, March 23-25.