Marymount Regals well positioned for another run
by Randy Pascal
With five straight city championships to their credit heading into the 2016 season, Marymount Regals’ flag football coaches Dan Bartolucci
and Jason Weiler have overseen some very impressive collections of talent in recent years.
One might be able to make an argument that this year’s group can lay claim to being the best of the best. Sporting an unblemished record of 6-0 with the
playoffs just a week away, the Regals have outscored their opponents 114-7. The 2016 crew have now extended a winning streak that has reached 20 games,
right back through to the opening game of the 2014 campaign.
In veteran quarterback Jordyn Brousseau, the Marymount girls boast a passing threat who benefits from an assorted of talented receivers and
running backs. Cassidy Burton, Carlie Parker and Allison Byrnes provide the speed and quickness so critical to success in the realm of high
school flag football, while center Carly White has given the team incredible consistency dating all the way back to her rookie year.
Thankfully, the Regals’ offense have not been required to overpower opponents, not with a defensive unit that has posted five shutouts in six games.
While it is the depth, across the entire field, that is at the core of this domination, the veteran presence of Hope Joly, Taylor Watkins, Emily Taylor
and the impenetrable front line of Electra Miller, Tyanna Soucy and Erika Holmberg have given opponents fits.
And should a game settle into a titanic defensive struggle, the Regals can rest easy with the knowledge that Taylor can nail a field goal from a range
of thirty yards or so, with Burton also able to reach the end zone, with a punt, from a little beyond that distance.
Marymount rose to the occasion again this week, blanking the Lasalle Lancers 19-0 on Tuesday, with their adversaries entering the contest with a
4-1 record, an offering one of the best arms in the league with QB Jena Ethier.
The Regals displayed their balance, once again, recording a 10 yard touchdown through the air (Brousseau to Burton), a lengthy single from Burton, a 38
yard interception return to the end zone from Keagan McCoshen, and a 26 yard field goal from Taylor.
“We lost a lot of valuable players, but we’re really trying to get back to where we were last year,” said Parker, after the latest win. Like most in
attendance, Parker has marveled at a Marymount defense that has made the 2015 and 2014 groups appear almost porous, in allowing 20 and 51 points
“Honestly, our defense is always working as a unit, their heads are always in the game, they always know where the ball is going,” said Parker. “They
just know how to surround the ball.”
In other games this week, the Confederation Chargers kept their hopes alive for a second place finish, besting the Bishop Carter Gators
17-7. Touchdowns runs by Sierra Aubertin and Kaitlyn Walker paved the way, with Kayleigh Coufal adding a pair of converts and a 28-yard
field goal. Paige Savard scampered 69 yards to the end zone, for the Gators only major.
The Chelmsford Flyers registered their first win of 2016, outscoring the Macdonald-Cartier Panthères 24-7. Shelby Rudiger, Lainie
Donnelly, Alex Carey and Leah Duquette all found their way on to the scoresheet for CVDCS, while Mikayla Desrosiers accounted for the
six-point major for ESMC.
And finally, in one of the closest games of the year, a two point conversion by quarterback Abby Carter lifted the Lively Hawks to a 15-14
win over the Collège Notre-Dame Alouettes.
The Hawks managed the only scoring in the opening half, with Carter working her way across the goal line, from the two, with the conversion attempt
blocked. Notre-Dame got that one back at 4:12 of the third quarter, as Krystal Marcotte intercepted a pass and scurried 43 yards for the touchdown,
with Julianne Gagnon sending the point after through the uprights.
Lively evened the contest at 7-7, when a 30 yard field goal attempt by Carter sailed wide, and the Hawks settled for a single point. Just 75 seconds
later, the Alouettes answered, as Madisyn Papineau bolted 71 yards down the left sideline, giving her team a 14-7 lead.
But with 2:09 to play, Carter connected with receiver Teri Patrick on a 44 yard pass and run touchdown, with the two-point convert marking the
margin of victory in the end.
Flag football playoffs begin next week, with semi-finals scheduled for Thursday (Division "B") and Friday (Division "A"), and championship finals in
both divisions running back to back on Tuesday, November 1st, beginning at 5:00 p.m.