Tigers weekend recap - October 28-30
Dal women win AUS cross country championship
Kirk Thompson - October 31, 2011
It was a weekend of transition as the black and gold won an AUS banner in cross country, made the playoffs in soccer, and kicked off the volleyball season.
Holly Van Gestel led the women’s cross country team to its 19th AUS championship with a first place finish this past Saturday. Ashley Ryer, Ashley Chisholm, Cara Groves and Ellen Chappell all placed in the top ten. The female Tigers have claimed the championship title two consecutive years running.
The men’s cross country team managed to distance themselves from the pack, but were unable to overtake a StFX team that has led the AUS all season. Rookie Matthew McNeil came in third and looks to lead the Tigers next season, while Brent Addison also finished in the top 10.
The entire women’s team, as well as Matthew McNeil and Brent Addison have qualified for the CIS championship hosted by l’Université de Laval on Saturday, November 12.
Women’s and men’s soccer played their final games of the regular season this past week. A rare Wednesday matchup with SMU saw both Tiger teams lose close games to their cross-town rivals. On Sunday the Tigers hosted Acadia in the pouring rain, which limited the quality of play throughout the day. Rieka Santilli scored in the second half to lead the women’s team to a 1-0 win, while Acadia took advantage of the poor conditions to claim an upset victory over the men’s team, 2-0.
This weekend the women’s team heads to UNB to participate in the AUS championship, while the men’s team will battle for their title in Cape Breton. Both championship tournaments will start on Friday, November 4.
Men’s hockey hit the road in the brand new Tiger bus to visit UPEI on Friday and UNB on Saturday. The black and gold fell to UPEI 6-2 and CIS number-one ranked UNB 10-1.
The men’s team hosts StFX on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. Dal students will have the chance to win $5,000 cash in the Molson Shoot for Tuition contest and alumnus Ken Bickerton will be honoured.
Facing an equally daunting task in a nationally-ranked StFX team, the women’s hockey team pressed hard, managing 38 shots, but fell 6-1.
The female hockey Tigers host UPEI on Saturday at 7 p.m. and MtA on Sunday at 2 p.m. this upcoming weekend.
Women’s volleyball opened the season with a statement, winning their three games over MUN, CBU, and UNB in straight sets. Louise Facca stood out with 31 kills and five aces. The black and gold currently sit tied atop the standings with SMU after three games played.
Dal’s men’s volleyball team headed to Quebec in interlock play, losing close games to Laval and Montréal before claiming a 3-2 victory over Sherbrooke. The Tigers currently sit second in AUS standings.
The women’s basketball team hosted Waterloo last Friday in their final exhibition match. Keisha Brown drained 22 points and Courtney Thompson had 11 assists as an offensively inclined Tigers squad won 85-63 win. Men’s basketball lost three close exhibition games in Ontario, 71-68 to Ryerson, 67-59 to U of T, and 75-70 to McMaster.
Wednesday, November 9 marks the home openers for both the women’s and men’s teams when they host Acadia at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.