Purple, White And Pink Friday Recap
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.