Gaiters Rugby Earns Home Play­off Game With First Win In Over A Decade Against Red­men

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke

Bishop’sGaiters cap­tain Ni­co­las Charl­ton con­verted a Gaiters try in the fi­nal min­utes of their fi­nal reg­u­larsea­son contest against the McGill Red­men on Fri­day night in Sher­brooke. The re­sult, a 15-13 win, gave Bishop’s their first vic­tory since 2003 against the eight-time de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. It also en­sured a re­match in the semi-fi­nal on Satur­day, Nov. 15, back on Coul­ter Field. Also on Fri­day night the men’s lacrosse team lost their open­ing round game at the Bag­gat­away Cup to end their 2014 cam­paign. On Satur­day the men’s and women’s bas­ket­ball teams open their reg­u­lar sea­sons at McGill. The women lost but the men beat the Red­men in dra­matic fin­ish.

McGill was the first team to heat up on the frigid night on Coul­ter Field. They grabbed an 8-0 lead be­fore Charl­ton (Mon­treal) booted a penalty through to cut the lead to 8-3 right be­fore half­time. Bishop’s tied the game up just over 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, how­ever McGill re­sponded five min­utes later. The Red­men held a 13-8 ad­van­tage as time ticked away. A late Bishop’s try by Lee Hud­son (Sut­ton, Que.) tied the score and set the stage for Charl­ton who made no mis­take and lifted the Gaiters to the vic­tory and a 4-0-0 record on home soil in 2014.

Also on Fri­day night Con­cor­dia topped Mon­treal 26-15 to claim first over­all mean­ing the Gaiters fin­ish in sec­ond and will host the Red­men on Satur­day, Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. on Coul­ter Field. Mon­treal will face Con­cor­dia in the other RSEQ semi-fi­nal.

The men’s lacrosse team saw their sea­son come to a pre-ma­ture end on Fri­day night in Oshawa, On­tario at the 2014 Bag­gat­away Cup. A fourth quar­ter surge by Guelph pro­pelled the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons to a 13-9 win over the Gaiters. It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year Guelph knocked the Gaiters out of the cham­pi­onships in the quar­ter­fi­nal. As in 2013 Guelph went on to claim vic- to­ries on Satur­day over Brock and Sun­day over McGill and re­peat as cham­pi­ons. Bas­ket­ball Bishop’s – 39 / McGill – 67

Lead­ing scor­ers for the Lady Gaiters were Va­lerie Trem­blay (St. Hu­bert, Que.) with 9 points and 2 re­bounds and Noemie HamelPetit (Magog, Que.) with 9 points and 6 re­bounds. Bishop’s – 60 / McGill – 59

The Gaiters took the lead in the last twelve seconds with a three from Ma­jid Naji (Lunel, France), which put them up by one. McGill could not find the net in the dy­ing seconds of the fourth frame, as the Gaiters came up with the 60-59 win.

Lead­ing scor­ers for the Gaiters were Naji with 13 points and 2 re­bounds and Kyle Des­marais (Mon­treal) with 13 points and 3 re­bounds.

“I am re­ally pleased with how hard our guys played tonight in a phys­i­cal game. We did not quit when we got down and lit­er­ally bat­tled un­til the fi­nal sec­ond,” said head coach Rod Gilpin. “It was a col­lec­tive ef­fort. Ev­ery­one strug­gled at times, but ev­ery­one also stepped up at key times in the game when we needed them. It is nice to get that first win.”

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