Pur­ple, White And Pink Fri­day Re­cap

Stanstead Journal - - LEN NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

Bishop’sUniver­sity was a busy place last Fri­day night with three Gaiters teams in ac­tion. Both Coul­ter Field and Mitchell Gym­na­sium hosted a pair of games, as women’s soc­cer and rugby fought the el­e­ments out­side while the Reebok Shoot for the Cure bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment got un­der­way inside.

The Gaiters women’s soc­cer team hosted the Sher­brooke Vert et Or to kick off the night. The vis­i­tors from across town con­trolled much of the game on the cold Len­noxville evening. Sher­brooke lead 2-0 at the half be­fore they ex­ploded af­ter the break and went onto a 6-1 win. Gaiters keeper Molly Bu­choltz (Peter­bor­ough, On­tario) was the busiest player on the field, mak­ing 14 saves on the night.

Fol­low­ing the soc­cer match-up the Gaiters women’s rugby took to the pitch for the last time of the sea­son. The Car­leton Ravens were in town and took care of busi­ness to keep their slim play­off hopes alive with a 69-7 vic­tory. The Gaiters try came cour­tesy of Montreal na­tive Lois Boateng.

In the much warmer Mitchell Gym­na­sium the sec­ond an­nual Reebok Shoot for the Cure got un­der­way. Open­ing up the tour­na­ment were the two non-CIS teams, the Montreal Dy­namo and Montreal Ex­press. The young Ex­press squad got out to a quick start hold­ing a 14-12 first quar­ter lead. The Dy­namo used their ex­pe­ri­ence in the sec­ond quar­ter and took a 28-25 lead to the locker room. It was much of the same in the third as the Dy­namo ex­tended their ad­van­tage to 52-38.

Game two on the night saw the Queen’s Gaels tak­ing on the host Lady Gaiters who donned their tra­di­tional Reebok Shoot for the Cure pink uni­forms. The Gaels jumped out quickly hold­ing a 13-9 ad­van­tage af­ter the first quar­ter. Both teams strug­gled through the sec­ond frame how­ever Bishop’s was able to cut into the Gaels lead. At half­time Queen’s led 22-21 how­ever both teams were shoot­ing un­der 30 per­cent and each com­mit­ted more than 10 turnovers.

Af­ter the break Queen’s was able to use their size to ex­tend their ad­van­tage to 42-36 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter. The fi­nal frame was one Bishop’s would like to have back as they could only muster four points and even­tu­ally fell 52-40.

Satur­day will be even busier for Gaiter teams. There is triple header bas­ket­ball ac­tion in Mitchell Gym­na­sium start­ing at 2 p.m. as the men’s squad hosts Amer­i­can In­ter­na­tional Col­lege. The Ex­press and Gaels fol­low that while Bishop’s and the Dy­namo pro­vide the night­cap. On Coul­ter Field the un­de­feated men’s Lacrosse squad plays their fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son home game of the year at 6:30 p.m. That game can be seen live on SSN Canada. The Polar Bears women’s hockey team opens their sea­son at W.B. Scott arena at 7 p.m. as they will face off against Nea Dy­namie Estrie. The Gaiters football team puts their 3-3 record on the line as they travel across the town to face the Sher­brooke Vert et Or (3-3) in the an­nual Mayor’s cup game. The game has huge play­off im­pli­ca­tions for both sides and kick­off is sched­uled for 1 p.m. Stay up to date with all the Gaiters in ac­tion at www.gaiters.ca.

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