Volume 95, Issue 48

Tuesday, November 27, 2001
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Mustangs light up Waterloo and remain unbeaten

Mustangs sink Lakehead

"Somewhere over the rainbow..."

OUA bronze for Mustangs

Western curlers let rocks fly

Skaters salchow to second

Acrobatics on display

OUA bronze for Mustangs

The men's Waterpolo team had their hopes of an Ontario University Athletics gold medal sunk this past weekend at the OUA finals in Hamilton.

Western's first match came against the host team, the McMaster Marauders, with a birth in the gold medal game on the line. The Mustangs put up brave front, but fell to the tough Marauders squad 9-7.

Western captured OUA bronze after defeating Carleton 12-11 in overtime.

Western head coach Ray Lumsden said the bronze medal was little consolation for a team with visions of gold.

"We expected to fight for the gold. We played well against McMaster and we felt we had a good shot against them," he said. "We also knew every game was going to be tough coming in. Every team had a chance to win coming in and we knew that, but we definitely thought we had a good shot at it."

Familiarity with the battleground is always an advantage for the home side. Lumsden said playing Mac in Hamilton is a tall task, as they tend to make waves in their home pool

"It's sort of like going into the old Forum in Montreal to play the Canadiens – before the game starts, you're a goal down. That's the way it is with Mac in their home pool, they're very tough," Lumsden said.

Even though the team did not walk away with a win, Lumsden said he was proud of the way the team fought. "We were down 6-3 and we came back to tie it up 6-6. We missed an open net and they came down to score, so that two goal swing really hurt us," Lumsden said.

When asked if there was any redemption in taking the bronze medal, Lumsden said there were two sides to the story.

"It was to be expected, that's not to say Carleton isn't a good team, but we had beaten them by five goals the last time we played them. We came out flat and got down, but to come back after we had our sights set on gold and still win the bronze took some focus," Lumsden said.

–Ryan Dixon

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