Gaiters Lacrosse Off To Bag­gat­away Cup Cham­pi­onship

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

The Bishop’s Gaiters Lacrosse squad is headed back to the Bag­gat­away Cup Cham­pi­onships. They topped the Trent Ex­cal­ibur 12-8 in a CUFLA East Play­off match-up on Satur­day night. Also tast­ing suc­cess was the women’s hockey club while the men’s rugby team fell to the Mon­treal Cara­bins on Sun­day.

For the fifth year in a row, the Gaiters lacrosse team qual­i­fies for the year-end cham­pi­onship, hosted this sea­son in Oshawa, On­tario. The Gaiters got there thanks to a feisty 12-8 vic­tory over the Trent Ex­cal­ibur on Satur­day night. Trent tal­lied the first two goals of the game and grabbed a 3-2 lead after the first frame. Bishop’s came out roar­ing back in the sec­ond and third quarters as they de­fended their turf. In front of a bois­ter­ous crowd on Coul­ter Field the Gaiters out-scored the Ex­cal­ibur 10-1 in the mid­dle two quarters to all but seal the deal tak­ing a 12-4 lead into the fi­nal frame. Trent tried to put up fight scor­ing four goals in the quar­ter but they did not get any closer. The game came to a close with some push­ing and shov­ing, lead­ing to 26.5 penalty min­utes be­ing handed out be­tween the two sides in the fourth quar­ter alone. The Gaiters move onto play for a cham­pi­onship they last won in 2011 and the Trent Ex­cal­ibur’s sea­son comes to a close.

The men’s rugby squad was in ac­tion on Sun­day, Nov. 2 in Mon­treal. They faced the fourth place Cara­bins. Mon­treal is so­lid­i­fied in the fourth slot in the RSEQ Univer­sity Men’s Rugby stand­ings while the Gaiters are com­pet­ing for a reg­u­lar sea­son ti­tle. It was the hosts who sent a mes­sage, top­ping Bishop’s 22-12. For Bishop’s they have one game re­main­ing on Fri­day, Nov. 7 on Coul­ter Field. They can fin­ish as high as first place in the league and as low as third.

The Bishop’s women’s hockey club played an ex­hi­bi­tion game against NEA Dy­namie Estrie on Sun­day evening in W.B. Scott Arena. Bishop’s was led by Jess Kip­ping (Ot­tawa) who scored two goals and added an as­sist as the Po­lar Bears came back from 2-0 and 3-2 deficits to win 4-3.

The men’s lacrosse squad will take on Guelph in the quar­ter­fi­nal of the 2014 Bag­gat­away Cup Cham­pi­onship in Oshawa on Fri­day, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. They will need three wins in as many days to hoist the cham­pi­onship trophy. Men’s rugby wraps up their reg­u­lar sea­son with a tilt against McGill who cur­rently sits in first place. That game is set for 7 p.m. on Coul­ter Field also on Fri­day. Women’s hockey is back in ac­tion on Sun­day, Nov. 9. They play an ex­hi­bi­tion contest against the Sher­brooke Cho­chettes.

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