Bishop’s heads to RSEQ rugby fi­nals

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Em­i­lie Hack­ett Spe­cial to The Record

It was a play­off week­end for the Gaiters as both the men’s rugby and lacrosse teams trav­eled to Mon­treal to face the Mcgill Red­men in semi­fi­nals ac­tion.

The men’s rugby team re­turned vic­to­ri­ous and de­feated #2 Mcgill in a nail bit­ing 19-17 game on Nov. 3 at the Per­ci­val Mol­son Sta­dium. Bishop’s con­trolled pos­ses­sion for most of the first half, as cap­tain Carter Fil­ion scored the first try in the 19th minute. A Josh Bray con­ver­sion gave the Gaiters a 7-0 lead. Rookie Jack Oat­way gave his team a 14-0 lead with a try as Bray con­verted once again. Mcgill scored in the last play of the first half but was un­able to con­vert. Ewan Law­ton scored the de­cid­ing try in the 65th minute. Al­though the Red­men scored two quick tries in the sec­ond half, their kicker was un­able to con­vert on one oc­ca­sion, leav­ing them trail­ing be­hind by two points. Bishop’s held the Red­men off un­til the very last minute, giv­ing them the 19-17 win and a ride to the Que­bec Fi­nal. The Gaiters will be head­ing to the RSEQ Fi­nal against Con­cor­dia on Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. in Mon­treal. It is the first time since 2009 that Bishop’s will be play­ing in the cham­pi­onship. A win against Con­cor­dia would sig­nify their first ti­tle since 2003 and a ticket to Bri­tish Columbia for the 2018 na­tional cham­pi­onships on Nov. 21-25.

The Bishop’s lacrosse team did not meet the same suc­cess as their rugby coun­ter­parts, as they lost 10-3 against the Mcgill Red­men on Nov. 3. Lead­ing 30 in the first half, Mcgill opened a scor­ing fest in the sec­ond half of the game, scor­ing 7 times. De­spite a 27-minute de­lay due to a fire alarm with 17:33 re­main­ing to the fourth quar­ter at the Per­ci­val Mol­son sta­dium, Bishop’s was un­able to hold off the Red­men. Xavier Per­ron scored two goals as Joel Wright was only able to put one in. The loss marked the end of the Gaiters’ sea­son while Mcgill will be trav­el­ing to the Univer­sity of Toronto for the Bag­gat­away Cup. Coach Rob En­gelken ex­plained that the of­fense was not able to ex­e­cute, while the de­fense did a solid job for three quar­ters of the game.

The men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams trav­eled south of the border to play Bent­ley Univer­sity and St. Anselm Col­lege on Thurs­day and Fri­day, Nov. 1 and 2. Ac­cord­ing to the men’s coach Rod Gilpin, “these are two peren­nial pow­er­houses in the North­east 10. They both have leg­endary coaches.” The men’s lost 98-53 against Bent­ley and 95-63 against S. Anselm, while the women’s lost 61-37 against Bent­ley and 78-47 against St. Anselm. The Gaiters will start off their reg­u­lar sea­son on Satur­day, Nov 10, at 6 p.m. for the women’s and 8 p.m. for the men’s in Mitchell Gym against the UQAM Ci­tadins.

Credit: Derek Drum­mond Cut­line: The men’s rugby team beat Mcgill in semi­fi­nals, their first post-sea­son win against the Red­men since 2003. The Gaiters will be head­ing to the provin­cial cham­pi­onships next week­end against #1 Con­cor­dia.


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