John Abbott Lacrosse
by Alan Singleton
The Islanders lacrosse team has been the dominant threat since 2014. After going 7-1 last season, they finished the 2015 season with an undefeated record of 8-0. Captain Turner Allison stated, “This means nothing. If I’ve learnt anything from watching and playing sports, it’s that playoffs are a whole different story from the regular season. No team is invincible. This ideology has kept us on track and prepared us for each game.”
Having such a close team has been another factor that has played into the team’s success. The oldest player, “Uncle Zach”, explains, “We are not your ordinary team, we are much more than that. We are a family. Everyone sticking up for each other and having our laughs on and off the field has been a crucial part to the moral of our team.”
The team has been dominant, winning each game with an average goal differential of 15 and only getting better as the season went on. No team has been able to match the firepower of their offence and with the most ruthless and intimidating defence, the President of the Quebec Lacrosse Federation, Pierre Filion took note. He called them “the best ever collegiate field team ever produced in Quebec…”.
The team treated every game like it was the finals and every practice like it was their last. Veteran Alan Singleton explains, “The key to our success has been through practice. Not only hard work but being able to apply everything that is taught by our coaches in real games. Staying level-headed and taking every game seriously has kept the team focused on our goal of winning the championship.” The John Abbott team won 21-4 against Dawson College in the Semi-Finals and won the Championship 17-3 against College Jean-de-Brebeuf.