A Variety Of Emotions For Gaiters On Friday Night
Theweather was rainy and windy with downpours at times as the Concordia Stingers (5-3-3) and Bishop’s Gaiters (0-92) women’s soccer teams met on Coulter Field on Friday night. The teams exchanged chances in the first half but nothing more as the score at the break was 0-0.
Concordia made adjustments as the wind picked up to start the second half. The Stingers found the back of the net in the 50th and 58th minutes jumping out to a 2-0 lead. They were awarded a penalty kick after a Bishop’s hand ball in the box and Jennifer Duff (Moncton, New Brunswick) converted for a 3-0 lead. Duff also scored the opening goal of the game and finished off her hat trick in injury time. The tally gave Concordia a 4-0 win. In nets for Bishop’s was Molly Bucholtz (Peterborough, Ontario) who made 11 saves and stood strong on many occasions.
Mother Nature did not let up for the men’s rugby game that took place in the back end of the double header. The Gaiters (5-1, 22 points) dominated from the start against the upstart Montreal Carabins (1-5, 4 points). Andrew Jamieson (Montreal) got the hosts off on the right foot as he scored the first try less than a minute into the game. Gaiters captain Noah Harrison (Toronto) had one of his best games scoring three tries before being substituted for in the second half. Keegan Irwin (Toronto), Louis Hinshelwood ( Kilbride, Ontario) and Will Combaluzier (Toronto) scored the other tries for Bishop’s. Nicolas Alexandre (Bordeaux, France) kicked three conversions and added a penalty to round out the scoring.
With the victory and a bonus point for scoring more than four tries, Bishop’s is in first place in the RSEQ, four points ahead of the Concordia Stingers. The Gaiters have wrapped up their home schedule for the regular season. Next up they travel to Montreal on Friday, October 26 to face the McGill Redmen. Game time is set for 9 p.m. at Percival Molson Stadium.
On Thursday night the men’s lacrosse team (7-1-10) traveled to Montreal for a match-up with the McGill Redmen. The Redmen (8-1) topped the Gaiters 12-10 to avenge their loss from earlier in the season. McGill’s win clinched first place and ended the Gaiters undefeated season. A slow start proved costly for the purple and white as they were never able to dig themselves out of a 5-1 first quarter hole. Alex Henderson (Enniskillen, Ontario) scored four times and added an assist in the losing cause. The Gaiters closed out the regular season on Saturday, October 20 in Ottawa as they faced the Carleton Ravens (2-1-5-0). Bishop’s quarterback Jordan Heather (Oromocto, New Brunswick) was intercepted on the ensuing possession. The Rouge et Or took advantage as they scored a touchdown and held a quick 14-0 lead. The hosts added a field goal and another major before the first quarter ended and took a 24-0 lead into the second.
The purple and white went to Shane McDonald (Uxbridge, Ontario) at quarterback but the story remained the same. Laval put up 23 second quarter points and held the Gaiters scoreless. At the break the nation’s third ranked team was leading 47-0.
Bishop’s took the second half kickoff and marched 80 yards capped off with a Ryon McCalla (Brampton, Ontario) one yard touchdown rush. McCalla finished the day with 11 rushes for 62 yards and the major. McCalla also returned five kickoffs for 89 yards. With that total he set an RSEQ record for kickoff return yards in a season with 543.
Laval answered the McCalla score with a touchdown of their own. They also added a field goal before the third quarter came to a close. There was no scoring in the fourth and Laval won by a final score of 57-7.
The Gaiters still control their own playoff des- tiny thanks to the No. 4 Montreal Carabins beating the McGill Redmen on Saturday. The Carabins visit Coulter Field next Saturday, October 27. With a win the Gaiters will clinch the fourth and final playoff spot and either a re-match with Laval or a first round match-up with the Carabins. Laval will control that outcome as with a win against the Concordia Stingers in the final week they will lock up first place. The Gaiters can also get into the playoffs if the Sherbrooke Vert et Or beat the Redmen on Saturday. All three games will take place at 1 p.m. The Vert et Or have locked up third spot in the playoffs and cannot move up or down.
Bishop’s crucial final home game will kickoff at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 27. There will be a Halloween tailgate party in the parking lot starting at 10:45 a.m. as the Gaiters look to
Standing proud is the winning team composed of (L to R) Larry Landers, Kevin Shee, Gerard Grenier and Kelly Conn. Kneeling in front are (L to R) Dan Lussier, Francine Morin, Nick Lussier and Pierre Lussier.