November 26, 2003  
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-Mustang briefs-

MEN'S WATERPOLO
The Mustangs men's waterpolo team competed in the Ontario University Althletics championships this past weekend at the University of Toronto. The team had a strong performance and came as close as ever to winning the championship.

Matt Prince/Gazette
I LOVE HOLDING BALLS WHEN THEY’RE WET. Dave Fenicky, a member of the Western waterpolo team, takes an in-game break to reflect on what’s important.

In the semi-final Western's leading scorer Dave Fenicky scored five goals in a 10-6 win over the host Varsity Blues. That win set up a championship match against the Queen's Golden Gaels.

Western had lost both matches earlier in the year against the Gaels and were looking for revenge when it counted most.

Queen's started strong taking a quick 3-0 lead, but Western battled back to take a 5-4 lead. The game was tied 6-6 going into the final quarter, when Queen's scored two unanswered goals to pull away and take the gold medal 10-7. Fenicky scored two goals for the Mustangs and Andrew Valyi added two.

It was Queen's first ever championship in 45 years of OUA competition, while Western will have to wait another year for theirs. On a positive note, Western coach Ray Lumsden was named OUA coach of the year, while Fenicky and goaltender Jim MacLachlan were named OUA all-stars.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Rebeca McColl scored a game high 15 points for the Mustangs women's basketball team as they defeated the Brock Badgers 60-59 Saturday afternoon -it was Brock's first home loss of the season. Cheryl Atkinson added 12 points for the Mustangs as they gained ground on the first place Badgers in the OUA West division. They face Laurier at 12 p.m. this Saturday at Alumni Hall in the last weekend of OUA sports action before the Christmas break.

MEN'S BASKETBALL
The Mustangs men's basketball team remains winless at 0-5 after an 83-75 loss to Brock, ranked ninth in Canada, on Saturday. Darin Leonard led the Mustangs with 22 points, while guard Adam Peaker added 18 points along with six assists. The Mustangs are in last place in the OUA West division. They will look for their first win this Saturday against the Wilfrid Laurier Goldenhawks at 2 p.m. at Alumni Hall.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL
With a victory over the McMaster Marauders, the Western men's volleyball team moved back to .500 with a record of 4-4. Western defeated McMaster 3-1 with scores of 25-23, 22-25, 25-23 and 25-21. Western sits in sixth place in the tight OUA, but are just two points out of second and four out of first. They face the 0-6 Laurier Goldenhawks this Saturday at Alumni Hall.

MEN'S SQUASH
The Mustangs men's squash team played an intercollegiate tournament at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on Saturday and Sunday. The eight ranked Mustangs fell to fourth ranked Princeton 7-2 and to seventh ranked Cornell 6-3. They bounced back with an upset victory over fifth ranked Penn 7-2.

FIGURE SKATING
The defending OUA champion Western figure skating team competed at the Queen's Invitational on Friday, the first event of the season. They competed against 10 other teams and ended up losing out to the Queen's Golden Gaels.

The final standings were very close and although Western had three first place finishes to Queen's two, the Golden Gaels ended up with more total team points to take the championship. The team will not compete again until after the new year at the Toronto Invitational.

-Ian Denomme

Rachel Cartwright/Gazette
“I THINK I JUST RIPPED MY CHODA.” A skip from Western’s curling team watches his rock slide away at the Mustang Invitational Bonspiel this past Saturday. After the match, he seriously contemplated a night in University Hospital.

 

 

 

 

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