Pos­i­tive Week­end For The Road Weary Gaiters

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The Bishop’s Gaiters spent a com­bined 1432 kilo­me­ters in buses and vans this week­end to com­pete in reg­u­lar sea­son ac­tion. The men’s rugby, lacrosse, golf and women’s rugby teams all com­peted on the road while the women’s soc­cer team se­cured their first points of the sea­son in a pair of home con­tests. Wrap­ping up the busy pur­ple and sil­ver week­end were the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams who each played a trio of pre­sea­son games out­side of Len­noxville.

The Gaiters women’s soc­cer team (1-81) started the hec­tic first week­end of Oc­to­ber on Fri­day night when they hosted the UQAM Ci­tadins (1-6-3). Bishop’s got a pair of goals from Aquila Henry-Cot­nam (Rich­mond Hill, Ont.) while cap­tain Molly Bu­choltz (Peter­bor­ough, Ont.) back­stopped the Gaiters to their first win of the year, 2-0 over the Ci­tadins. They backed that up with a 0-0 draw against Con­cor­dia (3-3-4) on Sun­day also on Coul­ter Field.

On a rainy Satur­day, the Bishop’s Gaiters men’s rugby team (2-1-1) trav­elled to McGill for a contest with the Red­men (2-1-1). Lee Hud­son (Sut­ton, Que.) scored two tries for the Gaiters on their way to a 23-23 tie with McGill. The re­sult is the Gaiters best against the eight-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons since 2003. Bishop’s and McGill sit in a sec­ond place tie, two points be­hind first place Con­cor­dia (3-1).

The lacrosse team played a pair of di­vi­sion ri­vals in east­ern On­tario over the week­end. Satur­day they faced off against Trent in Peter­bor­ough and over­came a 5-2 half­time deficit to win 9-7. Queen’s hosted the Gaiters in Kingston on Sun­day. It was all pur­ple all day. Bishop’s rolled to an 11-2 vic­tory. With the wins the Gaiters sit in solo sec­ond place in the CUFLA East with a 6-2 record.

The women’s rugby team (0-6) was in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal to face the No. 6 Ot­tawa Gee-Gees (6-0) on Sun­day af­ter­noon. The hosts so­lid­i­fied them­selves as one of the na­tion’s top teams with a 90-3 vic­tory over the Gaiters.

The Gaiters golf team com­pleted their first round at the 2014 RSEQ Cham­pi­onship at Laval-Sur-Le-Lac Golf Club. With two rounds re­main­ing the men sit in fifth place (out of 12) and the women are in fourth place (out of 5).

On the hard­wood the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams both got their pre­sea­son cal­en­dar un­der­way. The men’s squad was at the Guy Vetrie Tour­na­ment in Vic­to­ria, B.C. They faced some stiff com­pe­ti­tion against Car­leton (four-time de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion), Univer­sity of Al­berta (2014 CIS Bronze Medal­ist) and the host Univer­sity of Vic­to­ria (2014 CIS semi-fi­nal­ist). Bishop’s com­peted in each game but left the pa­cific prov­ince with a 0-3 record.

The Lady Gaiters were in western On­tario. On Fri­day they fell to the Wil­frid Lau­rier Golden Hawks, Satur­day they topped Water­loo and on Sun­day the Gaiters lost to McMaster in Hamil­ton.

After a busy week­end many teams will en­joy a break over Thanks­giv­ing although men’s rugby plays at Sher­brooke on Wed­nes­day night, the Gaiters Foot­ball squad is back in ac­tion on Thurs­day night at McGill and the women’s rugby hosts Con­cor­dia. Lacrosse plays at Con­cor­dia on Thanks­giv­ing Mon­day night.

Follow all the Gaiters teams in ac­tion any­time at www.gaiters.ca or on Twit­ter (@Bish­ops­Gaiters)

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