Where are they now? – Lilly, Lacasse, Lahnalampi

by Randy Pascal | November 6, 2014

Evan-Lilly

Evan Lilly is in his seventh year of OUA curling competition, now skipping the University of Toronto Varsity Blues. PHOTO SUPPLIED

 

Evan Lilly

Evan Lilly couldn’t have timed his entry into the university curling ranks any better. With the formalization of a national championship mid-stream, and the resetting of the eligibility time-clock, Lilly enters his seventh year of OUA competition this winter. Of course, that’s part and parcel of pursuing a degree in medicine.

After four years at Western University, in physiology and psychology, Lilly is now entering his fourth year in the School of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

“I really like the university curling,” Lilly said. “It’s kind of a middle ground between juniors and men’s or open curling.”

Lilly captured his third OUA championship in 2014, turning the trick in back-to-back years at Western during his second and third years of post-secondary studies.

“I think the most satisfying accomplishment was winning the OUA championship last year,” Lilly said. “We had a fairly young team, with some people I had never curled with before.”

Lilly played second during his first year of curling at Western, but took on the reigns as skip for both the Mustangs and Varsity Blues in all six years since. It was also his position back in 2007 when he led the Lockerby Vikings to an OFSAA crown, the last SDSSAA boys’ team to accomplish that feat.

“I expect that eventually, if perhaps not for the next two to three years, curling will continue to be a big part of my life.”

Cloe Lacasse

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Macdonald-Cartier graduate Cloe Lacasse has been playing soccer in the NCAA with the Iowa Hawkeyes. PHOTO BY BRIAN RAY

 

Cloe Lacasse

Sudbury native Cloe Lacasse has delivered everything the Iowa Hawkeyes had hoped for when they offered the talented graduate of Ecole Secondaire Macdonald-Cartier a full scholarship back in the spring of 2011.

“Cloé is a goal scorer, pure and simple,” said then head coach Ron Rainey. “She has that mentality to put the ball in the back of the net, and she does some of the little things that help create attacking chances in games.”

Entering her fourth and final year, Lacasse ranked second in the Iowa soccer program history in scoring with 31 goals, leading her team in points in each and every one of her first three years at the midwest school.

As a junior in 2013, Lacasse was named to the second all-star team in the prestigious Big Ten Conference, becoming a key component on a team which advanced to a Big Ten championship game for the first time ever, also breaking through with their first ever NCAA Tournament appearance.

Recognized as the team’s Most Valuable Offensive player in her freshman season, Lacasse was a co-winner of Team MVP honours as a sophomore, netting 13 goals in 20 games.

Looking to carry her game to the professional soccer ranks following her graduation from Iowa next May, Lacasse has spent her recent summers as a member of the Toronto Lady Lynx of the USL Women’s Pro-Am Soccer League.

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Owynn Lahnalampi is a defensive lineman with the Toronto Varsity Blues football team. PHOTO SUPPLIED

 

Owynn Lahnalampi

Toronto Varsity Blues defensive lineman Owynn Lahnalampi was a relatively unheralded athlete from Onaping Falls when he graduated from both the high school ranks and the Sudbury Gladiators, playing most of his football career on the offensive line.

After earning a spot on the team but not playing in his first year of studies, Lahnalampi sacrificed a complete off-season to a training schedule that would help him get stronger and faster.
“I think my true calling is really on the defensive side of the ball,” he said.

Lahnalampi is now in his fourth year with the Blues, having accumulated 9.5 career sacks, with a fumble recovery to his credit.

A true student of the game, Lahnalampi has continued to show progress, becoming an integral part of the Blues defensive unit.

“Taking all of the coaching you can get, watching the older guys, that was really crucial for me,” he said. “And picking up on different tendencies, knowing pretty much what the offence is going to run before the play even happens, that really helps.”

While the team has not enjoyed as much success as Lahnalampi and his mates might have hoped for, his time in the OUA has produced some memorable moments.

“When I got my first sack against Guelph in my second year, and later that year, I got a sack, a strip for the fumble and recovered the fumble against Kyle Quinlan (CIS Most Valuable Player, 2012) at McMaster.”

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