Social Media (SM) Opens Doors at SI

My Klout is admirable. I'm not famous and I know I don't have a lot of followers, likes, pins, favourites or retweets. I appreciate the time and effort it takes to communicate on social media (SM) and more grateful for the opportunities it creates. Please join me on my journey to Sports Illustrated, NYC.

Instagram @bradpix “The wonderful Robin Wilson of @aerialpromotions stopped by for a visit today. Happy to have her spend some time with us, hope she can shoot for us this summer.” & on Twitter [symple_social icon="twitter" url="https://twitter.com/BradSmithSI/status/444179226892455936/photo/1" title="Brad Smith Twitter" target="self" rel=""] from @BradSmithSI. 

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[symple_box color="green" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] The Lead Up [/symple_box] I joked about a year ago when I said Sports Illustrated (SI) is going to love this photograph. You may have heard the awkward laugh, but deep down I crave ambition to pursue this starlight fantasy. Here I am on my dream journey to NYC to meet with the Sports Illustrated Director of Photography (DOP), Brad Smith.

Twitter and Instagram is where we connect. It is important to be consistently aware and share great information for people to follow. I’m always trying to improve my photography skills and attend many conferences. KelbyOne/Photoshop World (PSW) is my favourite. I have met one-on-one with many professionals who have given me phenomenal advice (My Posts: Dave Black, Bert Monroy, Peter Hurley, Jack Reznicki, Catherine Hall and Scott Kelby)

As I blog about my experiences and post images, a direct message comes through twitter. This is an engagement that I embrace and want to develop a relationship like Brad says, "A healthy marriage between editor & photographer".

Brad asks, “When are you coming to NY?”  OK…put yourself in my shoes. Brad is the Director of Photography for Sports Illustrated. He is the SI cover guy….Yeah that guy!..Theeeeeee Guy! When I shared my news with friends I got the sarcastic, “yeah right” attitude.

I continued to post and work hard at being a better photographer. Brad acknowledges on my SM some of my family portraiture, ambiance and action. Speaking of shoes, one of my favourite @Bradpix post is Seattle Seahawk pumps on the sideline at the Superbowl.   I also enjoy it when he posts the latest SI covers fresh off the press on Instagram @bradpix and his Gator play by play action on Twitter @BradSmithSI. The relationship continues and I enjoy bantering online at the Team Canada hockey jabs in Sochi. BTW=“GOAL’D” 

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So when Brad says he has football playoffs-The Superbowl in January, then The Olympics in Sochi, Russia for February and wants you to pick a date to meet…pick a day and wish upon a star to make it happen. 

[symple_box color="green" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] The Trip [/symple_box]

The flights were cancelled and the weather was the worst we have ever driven in [ http://instagram.com/p/ldGrSSS5AW/ ]. It took almost 13hrs to get to NYC because the New York State Thruway was closed due to accidents and poor weather conditions.

Over the last month my workload has been extensive, but most rewarding. I have put in over excessive work hours and drove thousands of miles to expand my portfolio. Coming from the land of Tim Hortons, I really needed a coffee, but unfortunately another roadblock [http://instagram.com/p/ldOr6Dy5Na/].

White knuckles we keep driving. Due to the weather and dizzy GPS, we don’t know our ETA. We do know that if we travel East we won’t go in circles anymore. Yes it was that bad!

To have a great support system when following your dreams is heartfelt. My parents up in Northern Canada Cottage Country are entertaining the kids, my husband is determined to drive straight through the storm just to get me to my meeting on time, friends reach out on social media (SM) for encouragement and photography colleagues assist me on final details of my portfolio.

[symple_box color="green" text_align="left" width="100%" float="none"] The Meeting [/symple_box]

Excited and nervous to say the least. After a couple of hours of rest, I work on portfolio B-C-D…just in case Brad wants to see more. A few points that resonate with me in Youtube video “How to Edit Your Photos with Brad Smith” : 

Look for the peripheral things going on and encompass the whole game…even the portrait of a player on the sideline…it’s important to tell the whole story and include them in your portfolio. Keep shooting even when the play ends or when no one around you is working!

What do you want to show me? What do you want to do? I want to do it all, but I need to impress Brad with my action photography. Although I know I would love to do feature work too (Like Robert Caplin). There is limited time and I really need to show him what I want to do...ACTION game photography.

Show your best work first…Images you can’t take your eyes off. Because portfolio reviews are based on judgment, many people have different opinions. I have had the some of the finest people in the industry assist me in choosing the best images for my portfolio. Now I have my most important sports photography review of my career.

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I am about to enter the Time & Life Building in New York City to meet with Brad Smith, Director of Photography Sports Illustrated. I was a half hour early after security. There was a gentleman from an advertising agency who does work for InStyle, People, Time and SI. We had a nice conversation in reception. When I arrived at SI, two fun loving characters met me at the front door.  They rolled out the red carpet and loaded me down with some fabulous reads.

Brad starts the conversation with his gratitude for coming down to NYC to meet with him. If anything I would fly over the moon for an opportunity like this. After I tell him about our travels, he expresses his appreciation to share with my husband for driving through the storm. He is such a compassionate man.  We then chat about our children and a little bit about the business. “Let’s get started…Show me what you got!”

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What resonates with me when I watch Brad review my images is how he emphasizes with the athlete. “More head trauma, only if they knew what they know now, unfortunately it makes a great shot.” Because I was trying to show my ability to capture prime action, many of the portfolio images were of collisions or impact.

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Brad then says, “Another great shot of a defender…there should be more of it.” I’m starting to understand that Brad want’s to see unique images and not what he sees come across his desk everyday.  He does mention that SI still needs the portrait of the QB and the story image.

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Brad seemed to enjoy my basketball night portrait the most. I have an entire collection of dunks and fun basketball portraiture that I would love to expand on. I actually feel it is my specialty above the rim, below and through the net [see more]. The Indiana gym photo- although Brad zoomed right into the garbage can-facial expression, general ambiance and frozen motion make him smile. “This is a great shot.”

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I feel I should have shown more variety in my photography. I have it, I just didn’t build my 20 images with this in mind for the initial portfolio review. Brad is a very busy person, but was generous with his time to see more.  Brad suggests that I shouldn’t show all my action cropped-tight with a 400. He acknowledges that I can shoot action, but to try a new perspective by lens or angle to make a more interesting image. Did I mention that I rock the fisheye!

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Now I’m beating myself up a bit because I didn’t show that one picture because I didn’t know he wanted to see it. I have the hardest time choosing. I was a little nervous, showed too much, possibly over processed a vignette on one image and even went into the wrong portfolio.  I wanted to show him my composites too, but focused on action. I over prepared. Brad wants to see me tighten up the portfolio. Live and learn, but what a time to have a teaching moment when you only have one shot….Literally! OK let's lighten it up a bit with some Dundas Blues Hockey Bobbleheads...

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Sometimes you need to feel failure in order to succeed. I still felt at ease because Brad has the most wonderful, kind and sincere demeanor about him. I think the title purely “Authentic” in front of his name is justified.

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He asks me, “What do I want?” A question that stimulates an electrifying response, “I want to shoot for you!” If you need someone to cover any Canadian events or Detroit or Buffalo…as a take a deep breath…The Pan Am Games are coming to Toronto and the NBA All Star Game soon. Brad explains the process and what SI will cover. OMG, then I hear, SI will get you credentials to shoot for us at the Pan Am Games. We will run a section and you can cover the Pan Am Games for Sports Illustrated. I am giddy like a schoolgirl, but trying to contain myself. I now have the most perfect opportunity to prove myself as a Sports Illustrated photographer. I have access to 36 sports with 7000 athletes in my own backyard venues. I can research, practice and prepare the most unique photographic images I have ever done. Most importantly I will be able to capture these elite athletes at a prime moment in their athletic career as I fulfill mine.

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Another gentleman comes to visit, Chris Chambers. Brad introduces us and explains Chris was an editor for Getty and edits the NBA, NFL and Motorsports for SI. We go into the boardroom and chat a bit about the industry. I then start to show Chris some of my photographs, more specific to football and basketball. Chris advises me that it’s about access and what is available to you.  He said, even though you are shooting amateur sports you are taking great photos. Hearing him say, “No doubt you can shoot” makes me so happy. Chris than spoke to me about layers. Everyone has a purpose to make the photo better. Fans create the energy; band makes you move, coaches direct the game and so on. Chris says he want’s to see the one blade of grass in the forefront of the photo leading up to the action and then the crowds reaction. I need to be responsible for everything in the shot. Even when the shot's not clean try to make it a part of the story. This conversation was very inspiring because I want to emote this in my photography always.

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Today as I review my photographs with fresh eyes, I understand how I can make my portfolio better.  I want to intrigue the viewer and make them stay in the moment- frozen in time. I want them to see something different, build an emotion through the layers and not take their eyes off my photograph. I am not afraid to fail, but anxious to experiment and achieve greatness in my photography. THANK YOU Brad!

My portfolio is always a work in progress! To view more photographs visit 500px or Behance  (Update in Progress)

A huge shoutout to all the amateur athletes who give it everyday, CIS, OCAA, OUA and McMaster football who allow me to capture the good, bad and the ugly. Thank YOU to all of my friends, family and colleagues who support me. I am very grateful for my young athlete followers and will always keep it real. Thanks for all the retweets, likes, favs and your encouragement. I want my kids and husband to be proud of me and love them for joining me on my special journey. Check out some of my colleagues great work. I appreciate the help with my portfolio selects: Matt Hernadez, Brandon Taylor, Scott Thomas, Hamilton Scores-Denis LeBlanc & Sean Healey.

I LOVE BEING A PHOTOGRAPHER! How bout a reality series for photographers like America's/Canada's Next Top Model EH?

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Marauders Advance to Meet Western in Football Semi-Final

Source: Michael Grobe [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders, ranked No. 8 in the nation, dumped the Ottawa Gee-Gees, 41-7, on a rain-soaked Ron Joyce Stadium Saturday (Oct. 26) and advance to Ontario University Athletics semi-final play next week. McMaster quarterback Marshall Ferguson (Kingston) tossed two touchdowns and ran for another while Wayne Moore (Etobicoke) rushed for 140 yards on 22 carries in the win.

Wayne Moore (34) had 50 yards on six carries to set up an opening drive TD for Marshall Ferguson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Ottawa mustered just 10 first downs and 30 rushing yards in the game as the Marauder defence stymied the Gee-Gee offence.

McMaster’s defence and special teams also chipped in two touchdowns with Jeremy Kyei (Hamilton) recovering a Gee-Gee fumble on a bad punt-snap while Steven Ventresca (Hamilton) intercepted Aaron Colbon (Ottawa) for a touchdown.

With the Guelph Gryphons beating the Windsor Lancers, 31-21, on Saturday, McMaster will meet the Western Mustangs in London, at TD Stadium, 4:30 p.m., kickoff. The semi-final game will air nationally on Sportsnet360.

McMaster scored on its first two drives of the game to build a 14-0 lead which would be all the offence needed.

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Moore dominated the opening drive which saw McMaster cruise to 78 yards on nine plays. Ferguson capped the drive with a one-yard quarterback sneak but Moore did the heavy lifting rushing for 50 yards on six carries to set up the score.

On McMaster’s next possession, Ferguson tossed a 21-yard pass to Daniel Vandervoot (Barrie) to finish another nine play drive, this time for 79-yards.

Ottawa’s Aaron Colbon closed his Canadian Interuniversity Sport career throwing for 181-yards, going 17-for-39 and no interceptions.

The Gee-Gee’s lone points came on two conceded safeties and a 28-yard field goal kicked by Ward Lewis (Kingston).

McMaster’s other touchdown was on a 27-yard pass from Ferguson to Ben O’Connor (Kingston).

Ben O'Connor hauled in a 27-yard pass.  (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

NOTES: McMaster’s defence has not allowed an offensive touchdown in the last 17 quarters of play… The Gryphons were the last team to score a touchdown against McMaster which happened on Sept. 21 at Guelph… The entire McMaster defence was named player of the game.

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Slam Dunks to Dunkaroos

In honor of the Ganon Baker 2013 Hamilton Camp starting this week, I think it is appropriate to show off some Slam Dunks to Dunkaroos! I am a huge fan of Dr. J (Julius Winfield Erving II) and I want to be entertained! Dunking a basketball is exciting and basketball players are getting more and more creative. Many people are not blessed with the ability to jump over 6' & only dream of dunking like a pro. Visualization is half the battle, so as a photographer I can make real time images. With the aid of technology & specific equipment, I am able to shoot different angles, be creative with my athletes developing their mental image to peak performance realty!

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Dunkaroos! She Calls herself AerKobe!  Yup you can figure that one out! She has a basketball in her hands everyday and dreams of dunking in the WNBA someday!

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Jamarring! What more needs to be said!  Yeah Jamar should trademark the name! Read More Here [Click]

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McMaster University Midnight Madness | Nov.2, 2012 |  Burridge Gymnasium | Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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Alex takes a time out for some dunks after his headshots. Hopes to play for St. Mary's, Alex puts on a show! [More]
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JDubz-Jim can still really dunk...even at age ??  Still loving the game of basketball!
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DUNKAROOS!  One day after practice I wanted to test out my theory that anyone who wants to dunk can! The original Dunkaroos [Click] Evolving from this experience has come a new series I am working on called "Playing with my Shadow"  Coming Soon!
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DJ-Once and a while you get an athlete who gives you everything you ask for in a shot.  DJ started out doing dunks for me and some exceptional portraits came into the mix. It's amazing how the available light in the gymnasium really make a photo pop. Then again I love to post process a composite and get artistic! [More]

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This is my court and this is what I do! Do you dare show me what ya got??? Up for the challenge? Let's set up a time and date! [Contact] I am not your everyday snap a shot photographer! I'll coach you through the best photo yet!

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Sewell’s Mc Master’s Plan Surprises Marauders

Source: Bill Malley, McMaster Communications | May 25, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

A unique opportunity has prompted All-Canadian Matt Sewell to put his pro football career on hold and will return him to McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium as a Marauder for the 2013 Ontario University Athletic season.

Having just completed his Bachelor of Commerce degree, Sewell received his final grades this past week and discovered he had the one-time option of applying to pursue an accelerated Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the DeGroote School of Business.

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In a media release issued by the Canadian Football League Toronto Argos, who drafted Sewell eighth overall in the 2013 CFL Draft, the Milton native made the following statement.

“The prospect of completing a Master’s degree in the next eight months so that I can then focus all of my efforts on my future as a professional football player was too good to pass up. I want to thank Jim Barker and the Argonauts organization for supporting me in this decision, and I look forward to reporting to training camp in 2014.”

Sewell’s return to the McMaster line-up is a huge bonus for the Marauders. He has been a starter since arriving on campus and is a four-time OUA All-Star at offensive tackle, and McMaster head coach Stefan Ptaszek knows Sewell’s presence will make the team better.

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Matt Sewell (59) at the 2012 Yates Cup (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

“We are extremely excited to work with Matt for one more year,” said Ptaszek, about Sewell’s decision to return to Mac. “I am also especially proud of him for his continuing commitment to his family and his education.”

Sewell told Marauders.ca that the MBA opportunity was unexpected and he had to make a fairly quick decision but he is looking forward to playing his final season of Canadian Interuniversity Sport eligibility in Maroon, adding “I think it’s going to be a great year.”

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Matt Sewell career highlights

Started at left tackle for every game of his four-year varsity career, missing only the season opener in 2011 while recovering from a wrist injury suffered in training camp.

2009 – Played 10 games, 6-2 in regular season and 1-1 in playoffs, named OUA second-team all-star

2010- Played 10 games, 6-2 in regular season and 1-1 in playoffs, named OUA second-team all-star

2011- Played 11 games, 6-1 in regular season and 4-0 in playoffs, named OUA first-team all-star and CIS second-team all-Canadian. Yates Cup (OUA) and Vanier Cup (CIS) Champions.

2012- Played 12 games, 8-0 in regular season and 3-1 in playoffs, named OUA first-team all-star and CIS second-team all-Canadian. Yates Cup (OUA) Champions and Vanier Cup (CIS) finalists.

In games Matt started, McMaster had overall record of 35 and 8 – 26 and 5 in regular season and 9 and 3 in playoffs.

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Images are available at www.Present it Photo.com 10% Discount: 8x6JeuYU [Football coming soon!]

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DiCroce Sheds Maroon for Blue

Source: McMaster Communications | May 28, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders’ star receiver, Michael DiCroce, has inked a contract with the Canadian Football League’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Blue Bombers selected DiCroce in the fourth round (29th overall) of the 2013 CFL Draft, as the third of five Marauders chosen on May 6.

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The Hamilton native enjoyed a landmark season in 2011, leading Canadian Interuniversity Sport with 48 receptions for 904 yards and six touchdowns en route to recognition as Ontario University Athletics Most Valuable Player and a First-Team All-Canadian. He missed the majority of the 2012 season due to injury, but reentered the lineup in time to help the Marauders reach a second-consecutive Vanier Cup final, totalling 26 catches for 384 yards and three touchdowns in that limited action.

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With his signing, DiCroce joins the Blue Bombers who welcome their first-year members to a three-day training camp that begins on Wednesday (May 29).

Winnipeg’s full training camp will open on Sunday, June 2.

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Bombs Away Michael DiCroce, CONGRATULATIONS!

Images are available at www.Present it Photo.com 10% Discount: 8x6JeuYU [Football coming soon!]

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Mac’s Daly Joins Ticats Rookie Hopefuls

Source: Fraser Caldwell, McMaster Communications | May 28, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders’ defensive back Mike Daly has been signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

The native of Kitchener was the first selection in the sixth round (45th overall) of the 2013 CFL Draft on May 6. The signing ensures that Daly will be in the mix when the Tiger-Cats’ rookie training sessions get underway on Wednesday (May 29).

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He and other Ticats rookies will have three days of practice before Hamilton’s full training camp which begins on Sunday (June 2) at McMaster’s Ron Joyce Stadium.

Daly was recognized as a Second-Team All-Canadian in 2012, and has twice been named as an Ontario University Athletics All-Star in four seasons with the Marauders.

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Congratulations Mike Daly on all your football career accomplishments and I'm sure many more to come!

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This is Why I Love Being a Photographer!

I'm off to further my photography skills in the beautiful islands of Bahamas this week. I'm hoping to learn a little more about underwater photography with my new diving certification. Before I leave I want to share an enlightening testimonial and great experience for me from the Sports Medicine Department of McMaster University. When you are finished a job and get validation that your client is happy, WoW it is a superb feeling! 

Testimonial:

"As the Strength & Conditioning coordinator for McMaster University, I was tasked with organizing the staff photo for nearly 100 staff. As i searched for a photographer I knew i needed someone that related to athletes, could command a large group and take excellent photos - Robin Leworthy Wilson was the perfect choice!" "Robin provided excellent service in her pre-site visit, day of photography, photo editing and delivery. Robin was awesome to work with, a very personable and professional photographer who did all of the little things right and ensured that her finished product and service along the way was second to none!" To anyone who needs an excellent photographer I highly recommend Robin!

Thanks Robin! You are the best! Steve Lidstone Strength & Conditioning Coordinator McMaster University

_______________________________________________________________________________________________ OK a couple of personal notes before fun in the sun!!!!....

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Best of luck to the DMHA Atom Canucks who advance to the Houseleague Finals next week!

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Congratulations to our Transway Major Atom Girls for winning and losing as a team with grace and pride! xox

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Mac Goes into Playoffs on a Winning Note

Source: Bill Malley, McMaster Communications | February 17, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

It didn’t hold the same stakes as the previous night, but the McMaster men’s basketball team showed some pride with a 92-82 victory over visiting Lakehead Saturday night (Feb. 15) in Hamilton.

Prior to the game, the McMaster staff honoured the graduating seniors from this year’s team: Kyle Chevalier, Nathan Pelech and Scott Laws.

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McMaster's Scott Laws plays a well balanced defence against Lakehead University

With both teams locked into their respective spots in the Ontario University Athletics West standings, McMaster could only try to end its seven-game losing streak against Lakehead in conference play going back to 2010.

On this night, it was Lakehead which scored two quick hoops to get an early lead, but Mac evened things up and the teams played even, until a late surge by the Marauders saw the quarter end with Mac on top 28-18.

Both coaches went deeper into their bench players than they might normally, preferring to save wear and tear on the starters with the post-season looming. McMaster carried the momentum to start the second quarter and built the lead up to 16 (41-25) on a trey from Adam Presutti. Following a timeout by Lakehead, the Wolves began to claw back, and at the half they had shaved the Maroon advantage down to 45-38.

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McMaster Joe Rocca takes a charge from Lakehead's Dwayne Harvey

Like the previous night, Lakehead looked to assume control to start the second half and went on a 10-2 run to grab the lead at 48-47. McMaster responded though and came up with a run of its own so that by the end of the third quarter, the lead was 62-53 with 10 minutes left in the game.

The fourth quarter became a battle of attrition as both teams were whistled for numerous fouls. The Wolves closed to within six, but Presutti hit a timely three-pointer to bump the margin back to nine. With time running out, Lakehead looked to its defense to force some turnovers but some over-aggressive play put McMaster at the charity stripe and the Marauders made their free throws to close out the win.

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McMaster’s Aaron Redpath was player of the game, scoring 20 points McMaster was led by BIG MAC player of the game Aaron Redpath, who scored 20 points on 5 of 6 shooting from the floor and 9 of 10 from the stripe. Adam Presutti scored 15 points, while Taylor Black with 11 and Nate Pelech with 10 also hit double figures.

Top Lakehead shooter was Joey Nitychoruk, who finished with 18.

McMaster finishes OUA play with a 13-8 record and enters the playoffs as the third-seed in the West division. The Marauders will host the Waterloo Warriors on Wednesday (Feb. 20) in a division quarter-final. Tip-off will be at 8 p.m.

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Mac Women Grab Third Place in Basketball

Source: Bill Malley, McMaster Communications | February 17, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

The McMaster women’s basketball team rode some tenacious second-half defense to an 87-71 victory over visiting Lakehead on Saturday night (Feb. 16) and as a result moved up to third-place in Ontario University Athletics West division.

Both teams had something at stake as McMaster was looking to improve in the standings, while Lakehead had to win to make the post-season after Guelph beat Waterloo earlier in the day.

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The Thunderwolves wanted to shut down Marauder post Hailey Milligan, who has been a point and rebound machine for the past two months. The first quarter was see-saw as Lakehead collapsed on Milligan, forcing Mac to get scoring elsewhere. After one quarter the Marauders held a 22-21 lead.

The second quarter saw Lakehead heat up from the perimeter, and with the Marauders having a hard time finding their top scoring option, the ’Wolves went up 50-39 late in the half. But Mac guard Vanessa Bonomo drained two three-point shots in the last 20 seconds to reduce the deficit to only five at intermission and re-take the momentum.

Lakehead had made 8 of 15 from beyond the arc in the first half to grab the advantage.

Giving up 50 points in a half put the Marauders in a bad mood entering the third quarter, and the team responded by going on a 14-0 run to grab a nine point lead. With its season the line, Lakehead refused to quit and cut the deficit to 68-64 at the end of the third.

McMaster-Lakehead-12852 McMaster’s Clare Kenny rebounds against Lakehead 

The fourth quarter saw the Marauder defense take control. Outscoring Lakehead 16-0 over the first four minutes of the period built the lead up to 20, and the Thunderwolves had no answer. McMaster allowed just seven points and only one field goal in the final quarter to bring home the win and knock Lakehead out of the playoffs.

Top shooter and BIG MAC player of the game for McMaster was Milligan, who got on track in the second half and finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for her 11th consecutive double-double game. Bonomo also registered a double-double with 20 points and 12 assists, while Danielle Boiago with 19 and Liz Burns with 11 scored in double digits. Lakehead’s top scorer was Carolyn Fragale with 18 in her final CIS game.

The win improves the McMaster record to 12-9 and advances them to third in the standings. The Marauders will now host the No. 6 seed, Guelph Gryphons, on Wednesday, Feb. (20) in a division quarter-final, slated to tip off at 6 p.m.

Rams Latest Victims of Unbeaten Volleyball…

Rams Latest Victims of Unbeaten Volleyball Marauders Source: Fraser Caldwell, McMaster Communications – January 13, 2013 [Hamilton Scores]

McMaster Marauders stretched their Ontario University Athletics men’s volleyball unbeaten streak to 11 matches, after taken a long, five-set battle, 3-2, from the Ryerson Rams.

Jayson McCarthy had 21.5 points for the first place Marauders, converting 17 of 30 hitting attempts. Dany Demyanenko added 17 points, including 14 kills on 19 attempts.

Robert Wojcik led the Rams putting up 18 points and 15 kills.

vball_macpink-65 McMaster celebrates a win over Ryerson. (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

A close beginning to the match saw the Marauders take a 9-6 lead when a serve took a fortunate bounce, rolling limply over the tape and finding the Rams’ side of the floor. Ryerson was often its own worst enemy in the opening set, and a slew of errors helped the Marauders take a 16-12 lead into the technical timeout.

The trend continued after the break, and yet another attack gave McMaster a seven-point lead, 21-14. The deficit was too much for the visitors, and after an ace from McCarthy gave the hosts a set point, Ryerson’s Wojcik fired a jump serve into the bottom of the net to end it 25-18.

The Rams fought back late in the second set, aided in large part by their blocking efforts. Jori Mantha fell into a double block on the left and the Marauders were forced to call time trailing 23-21. McMaster used the timeout well, and sent the set into extra points where McCarthy came up with a clutch spinning ace to take it 28-26.

Ryerson’s blockers once again took the fore in the third, with Aleksa Miladinovic reeling off a string of stuffs to help his team into a 16-12 lead at the technical timeout. The advantage held as the set progressed, and a Stefan Ristic ace gave the Rams a seven-point lead at 22-15. They would polish off the set just points later, when a miscommunication between setter Austin Campion-Smith and middle Alex Elliot led the latter to whiff on an attack at net, giving Ryerson the set 25-17.

The Rams held the early edge again in the fourth, clinching a long rally to move ahead 6-4. But the home side found another level midway through the set, and a Demyanenko kill in the middle propelled McMaster into a 12-10 lead. The back-and-forth set took another turn at the technical, with a Ryerson surge bringing the visitors back into the lead after a well executed double block.

The two teams traded points as the set approached a conclusion, with the Rams gaining separation at 24-22 after a Steven Maar attack rolled wide off the tape. Ryerson levelled the match two points later, when the Marauder serve found the bottom of the net.

Momentum seemed to be entirely on the visitors’ side, but it was the hosts who took the initiative to open the deciding set. McMaster took the first three points of the shortened fifth before Ryerson called time to halt the run. Elliot took the reins as the Marauders raced ahead, bouncing a swing off of the attempted dig for 6-3. The home side’s lead only grew from there, and Campion-Smith’s well-placed dump gave McMaster match point at 14-7. Demyanenko sealed it with an ace, catching the back line in the process.

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