Volume 93, Issue 22

Wednesday, October 6, 1999


Ruggers win, lose key players in process

`Stangs have productive weekends

Tying up the weekend field hockey action

Tying up the weekend field hockey action

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

Like cowboys in a shootout, Western's field hockey team spent most of their weekend drawing.

The Mustangs tied both Trent University and rival York University 1-1 Saturday and finished the weekend with a hard fought 4-0 loss to Toronto on Sunday.

Western's head coach Keith Concisom said he left the weekend pleased with the results even though he was not completely happy with how the games turned out, especially the match against Trent – a game he said the Mustangs could have won if the team had taken advantage of opportunities.

"I'm content, not necessarily happy with the results," he said. "The first game was good, the second we didn't capitalize on our opportunities, we got frustrated and certain things began to break down."

Concisom, however, said he was content with his team's performance on Sunday and despite suffering a 4-0 loss he said they still played well. This is especially true, considering Toronto is favoured to win the Ontario University Athletics championships and is ranked third in the country.

"We were doing some good things against the number three team [Toronto]. We came out and put some pressure on Toronto throughout the game."

Assistant coach Karen Murtaugh agreed with Consisom and said she too was pleased with the Mustangs' effort against the Varsity Blues. "In terms of Toronto, I don't think the score reflected the game on the field," she said.

Trent head coach Amy Hollingsworth praised her team's performance in being able to get their one point. Despite the tie, she saw the game as their best showing of the year and was very happy with how her team played.

"This was the best game Trent has played all season. We were disciplined, focused and executed the game plan," she said.

For Trent, this tie could have major implications in the team's hopes of winning a playoff berth later in the season. Trent is right now in a heated battle over the final OUA playoff spot.

"This certainly will help us in the hunt for the last playoff spot. McGill, Queen's, Carleton and Trent [universities] are all competing for the one position," Hollingsworth said.

The Mustangs must now prepare for their game tomorrow against McMaster University. Concisom said last weekend was some of the best field hockey the team has played all season. He added the group still has some things to work on.

"It's time to start working together as a unit, get some congruence and try to work as a team," he said. "This was probably our best weekend as a team."

Murtaugh agreed Western was coming together and the gelling of the team was having a strong impact on field performance.

"They were definitely playing as a whole team and they got their spirits back," she said. "We had a lot of noise on the bench which really affected us on the field."

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