A Va­ri­ety Of Emo­tions For Gaiters On Fri­day Night

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

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

sup­port­ers.

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Photo cour­tesy

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.

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