The Western lacrosse team spent the weekend being shot down by the province's big guns. On Saturday, the team fell to the no.1-ranked Brock Badgers 16-2. Dave Mason and Neil Viola netted the 'Stangs only two goals against the St. Catharines powerhouse.
On Sunday, the squad regrouped only to fall to the no.2-ranked Guelph Gryphons 14-5. Scoring for Western were Craig McCarten, Matt Dale, Jake Mackle, Graham Florence and Mark Jones, while Tommy Hawke of Guelph was able to single-handedly compile the same number of goals by himself netting five. With 11 rookies on the team this season, the squad is looking to rebuild quickly and return to last year's third place finish.
The Western cross-country team ran away with the overall men's title at the University of Buffalo running invitational on the weekend. Guy Schultz led the Mustangs, winning the eight-kilometre race in a time of 25 minutes and six seconds. It was the third-fastest time this decade at that distance for a Western athlete. All-Canadian Jim Wardle placed third and rookie Jason Eddy followed right behind for fourth as the men captured three of the top four finishes.
On the women's side, Deanna Dowling led the team with a seventh place finish with a time of 19 minutes and 23 seconds, in the women's five-kilometre race, helping to place the squad third behind the University of Buffalo and Youngstown State from Ohio.
Score a deuce for the varsity field hockey team, as they entered their season last weekend in Peterborough with a pair of victories. On Saturday, the team faced-off against the Carleton Ravens and walked away with a 1-0 victory. Second-year right winger, Jenn Kicis, scored the game's lone goal only seven minutes into the match and then helped to hold the lead until the final whistle.
On Sunday, the ladies met the host Trent Excalibur and completed the weekend sweep with a 2-1 victory. In a tough, physical match Jenn Kicis found the back of the goal for the second straight day while Jannisse Primeau launched in the game winner midway through the second half.
Western 15 Guelph 3
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