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Successful 2012 for Comets
Laval reaches Central Conference final for first time

Laval Comets News Release - www.lavalcometes.com

Thursday, August 9, 2012

LAVAL, Quebec – The 2012 season for the Laval Comètes, which ended on July 22, was truly a successful one. Collectively the Laval squad was able to reach unprecedented milestones, while individually a number of players proved that they belong among the best in the W-League and internationally.

Cindy WalshAfter finishing third in the Central Conference during the regular season with a 6-3-3 record, the Comètes defeated the Toronto Lady Lynx 3-1 in the Conference Championship semifinal. However, Laval suffered a heartbreaking loss against the Quebec City Amiral, 5-4 in penalty kicks (1-1 after 90 minutes and overtime) in the final. This loss ended the Comètes’ season and deprived them of a trip to the 2012 W-League Championship.

“For the first time in the club’s history, we reached the Conference final,” Comètes head coach Lyonel Joseph said. “After taking part in the conference semifinal in 2011, we made it to the final this year. That proves that the team is progressing well. One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to go further into the playoffs than we did in the previous year, and we achieved that.

“My assessment of our 2012 season is very positive,” added Joseph. “I’m very proud of what the team was able to accomplish this year. On the field, we showed that we were not just a competitive squad, but one that could go up against all the best teams in the league.”

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Several members of the Comètes distinguished themselves this season in the W-League. Forward Nkemjika Ezurike, midfielder Catherine Charron-Delage and defender Cindy Walsh were all named to the All-Central Conference Team. Walsh added to her honors by being named to the W-League All-League Team and winning the Defender of the Year award.

Thanks to her performances throughout the year, Charron-Delage was awarded the LaSalle College Cup, which is offered by the college of the same name. The trophy is awarded to the player who has recorded the most points during the three-star selection of each game through the entire season.

The Comètes are also very proud to see that many of their players will soon be featured at the international level. In fact, no less than eight members of the Comètes were selected on the Canadian national team that will take part in the U-20 Women’s World Cup, held in Japan from August 19 to September 8: Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, Caroline Beaulne, Charron-Delage, Constance de Chantal-Dumont, Kylie Davis, Sarah Robbins, Danica Wu and Nkemjika Ezurike.

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