Bishop’s Men’s Rugby And Lacrosse Close Out Reg­u­lar Sea­son With Solid Re­sults

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Len­noxville, Sher­brooke Stanstead

TheBishop’s Gaiters and McGill Red­men men’s rugby ri­valry wrote an­other chap­ter on Sun­day af­ter­noon on Coul­ter Field. This one was one of the more bazaar 22-22 draws in RSEQ Univer­sity men’s rugby. Mean­while the men’s lacrosse team over­came a slow start to win con­vinc­ingly 14-1 over Car­leton in their fi­nal test of the 2015 CUFLA reg­u­lar sea­son. Also in ac­tion over the week­end the women’s soc­cer team dropped a pair of games to Con­cor­dia and McGill.

Sun­day af­ter­noon’s con­test was a story of mo­men­tum swings on the brisk Len­noxville af­ter­noon. Not only did the game pro­vide some rare mo­ments, the weather couldn’t de­cide how it wanted to play a fac­tor in the fi­nal reg­u­lar sea­son game for both teams. At times the swirling wind blew hard; at times it calmed down and made way for sheets of rain. Re­gard­less, McGill jumped out to a quick start con­trol­ling play early af­ter the Gaiters hon­oured their grad­u­at­ing se­niors in a pre-game cer­e­mony. The Red­men’s per­sis­tence got them on the board. Bishop’s calmed down and re­sponded with a con­verted try of their own less than seven min­utes later.

The Red­men tacked on a try at the end of the first half to grab a 12-7 lead at the break. The Gaiters gave their faith­ful fans some­thing to cheer about in the sec­ond half when they took con­trol against the un­de­feated Red­men. Bishop’s scored three times while main­tain­ing pos­ses­sion for most of the 40 min­utes of the sec­ond half. High­light­ing the scor­ing for the pur­ple was Robert McGovern (Bring­ham, Que.) who stole a loose McGill pass and scam­pered 40 me­ters for the Gaiters first try of the sec­ond half. It was his sec­ond on the day af­ter he was awarded a penalty try to open the Gaiters scor­ing. Charles Rumsby (Bromont, Que.) also scored twice for the home side who was seem­ingly on their way to their fifth win of the year.

McGill on an out­stand­ing run from Thomas Stokes (Van­cou­ver) cut into the Gaiters lead as the Coul­ter Field score­board un­of­fi­cially read 80:00. The en­su­ing kick­off went out of bounds from the Gaiters and al­lowed for McGill to main­tain pos­ses­sion. The over 200 fans ea­gerly waited for the fi­nal whis­tle to blow but McGill once again pow­ered in a try to knot the score at 22. The en­su­ing con­ver­sion was un­suc­cess­ful and a game that had it all fin­ished tied 22-22.

The game ul­ti­mately meant noth­ing in the stand­ings as McGill had wrapped up first place in the divi­sion and now fin­ishes the year at 6-0-1 while Bishop’s ends up sec­ond at 4-2-1. The Gaiters will host Sher­brooke on Satur­day, Oct. 31 at 2 p.m. in an RSEQ quar­ter-fi­nal while the Red­men en­joy a bye to the semi­fi­nal a week later.

“I think there were some good things,” said Gaiters head coach Charles Goode af­ter the game. “We maybe took our foot off the pedal a lit­tle too early and that’s on me. We have to be ready for Sher­brooke next week. They are win­less but have noth­ing to lose. Their for­ward pack is enor­mous; we’ll have to play smart rugby to be suc­cess­ful.”

Watch Coach Goode’s com­plete post-game in­ter­view: https://youtu.be/LpeSi_ NZHWY

The Bishop’s Gaiters men’s lacrosse team knew they were en­ter­ing a trap game in their fi­nal con­test of the CUFLA reg­u­lar sea­son on Satur­day night when Car­leton was in town. The Ravens did not have an on-field vic­tory all year while Bishop’s had wrapped up sec­ond place in the East divi­sion. The game was the fi­nal tune-up against CUFLA com­pe­ti­tion be­fore the Gaiters step onto the field for the 2015 Bag­gat­away Cup, an event they are host­ing.

Af­ter hon­our­ing their grad­u­at­ing se­niors pre-game the Gaiters were slug­gish out of the gate. They found them­selves in a 1-0 hole af­ter the first quar­ter. The fi­nal three frames were a dif­fer­ent story as Bishop’s did not al­low an­other tally from the vis­i­tors while scor­ing 14 times them­selves. They led 4-1 at half­time, 9-1 af­ter the third stanza and 14-1 as the game ended.

The Gaiters then trav­elled to Nor­wich Univer­sity for their an­nual jam­boree on Sun­day. They played a trio of games, earn­ing a 3-3 draw with St. Michael’s Univer­sity, beat­ing Castle­ton 7-4 then top­ping host Nor­wich 9-4.

Bishop’s will now en­joy an ex­tended break as they wait to find out their Bag­gat­away Cup quar­ter-fi­nal op­po­nent. They are next in ac­tion on Fri­day, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. on Coul­ter Field as Bishop’s hosts the an­nual Cana­dian Univer­sity Field Lacrosse As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onships. For com­plete tour­na­ment de­tails and ticket in­for­ma­tion check out www.gaiters.ca.

“We had a real flat start,” said Gaiters head coach Rob En­gelken on Satur­day. “We can’t af­ford to do that two weeks from now. I’m ex­cited to go to Nor­wich to­mor­row and see dif­fer­ent styles of lacrosse that will help pre­pare us for the Bag­gat­away Cup week­end.”

Watch Coach En­gelken’s en­tire post-game in­ter­view: https://youtu.be/uCb8Y9X­ciU4

Stanstead­Col­lege’s boys var­sity team will play Academie St. Louis, this Satur­day at 3:00 pm, in the Pat Burns Arena. The Stanstead Col­lege girls var­sity team plays On­tario Hockey Academy at 12:30 on Sun­day.

De­spite hav­ing two games re­main­ing in their RSEQ Univer­sity sched­ule, the women’s soc­cer team chose to hon­our their grad­u­at­ing se­niors on Fri­day night as part of se­nior’s week­end at Bishop’s Univer­sity. The cer­e­mony took place prior to their match against Con­cor­dia. Un­for­tu­nately for the Gaiters the on-field re­sult was not what they were look­ing for as the Stingers rolled to a 5-0 win.

Bishop’s was back in ac­tion on Sun­day at McGill. With some in­spired play by se­nior de­fender and cap­tain Emma Fin­gler (Burn­aby, B.C.) the Gaiters bat­tled al­low­ing a goal in the 33rd minute but shut­ting down the Martlets other than that. They were not able to find the back of the net them­selves and lost 1-0. Bishop’s sits at 0-10-2 with two games re­main­ing. They take on Montreal in Len­noxville on Fri­day night at 7 p.m. on Coul­ter Field and travel to face UQTR Sun­day at 3 p.m. to wrap up the 2015 cam­paign.

The Gaiters men’s bas­ket­ball squad was in South­ern On­tario for a trio of ex­hi­bi­tion games. They fell 74-55 at Guelph on Thurs­day night, lost 81-72 to Wil­frid Lau­rier on Fri­day then beat Lau­ren­tian 79-77 on Satur­day. The sec­ond and third games of the week­end were part of the Hawk Chal­lenge hosted by Lau­rier.

On Thurs­day the Gaiters women’s bas­ket­ball team was also in Guelph, they dropped 65-46 con­test to the Gryphons. Fri­day they trav­eled to York for their sec­ond pre-sea­son game of the week­end and left Toronto with a 53-52 vic­tory to fin­ish the week­end at 1-1.

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Carabins ran 54 plays to Bishop’s 46 and the vis­i­tors out­gained the hosts 376158 yards. Montreal also held onto the ball for 11 min­utes more than the Gaiters and com­mit­ted 19 penal­ties for 140 yards com­pared to Bishop’s be­ing flagged 12 times for 81 yards.

started the day by hon­our­ing 13 play­ers who will earn their de­grees this year dur­ing a pre-game cer­e­mony. Jean Gayrard (Thet­ford Mines, Que.) was one of those se­niors and led the Bishop’s de­fense with 10 tack­les while David Plourde (Drum­mondville, Que.) added 8.5 in his fi­nal game in Len­noxville.

Gaiters will close out their 2015 cam­paign at crosstown ri­val No.5 Sher­brooke. The Mayor’s Cup will be on the line on Satur­day, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. at Stade de L’Univer­site.

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The Stanstead Col­lege girls play Sun­day at the Pat Burns Arena.

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