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Western Mustang briefs


The Mustangs brought home a bronze medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport women's rugby championship in Alberta. Western, feeling rested due to a one hour snow removal delay, beat St. Francis Xavier 23-0, even in minus 18 degree weather conditions.

Melissa Bruneau, who converted a pair or penalty kicks in the 19th minute of play, gave the Mustangs an early 6-0 lead. Other point scorers included freshman Karen Chrobak, who scored at the 50 minute mark to make the score 11-0; Bruneau, who converted for a dominating 18-0 lead and rookie Tayna Ness, who scored a try in the 65th minute.

The University of Alberta Pandas claimed their fifth consecutive CIS women's rugby title on Sunday afternoon with a hard-fought 20-3 victory over the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns at Strathcona Rugby Park in Sherwood Park, AB.


The women's field hockey team placed fifth in the CIS Championship on the weekend. The Mustangs were beat 7-0 by University of British Columbia in their first game on Thursday. This bad start carried through the tournament: Western lost to Saint Mary? 2-0 and Waterloo 2-1 to end the Mustangs season.

The UBC Thunderbirds took the CIS Championship, beating the defending champion University of Victoria Vikes 1-0 in a penalty shoot-out. Saint Mary's took home the bronze medal against York, winning 2-1 in a shoot-out.


Placing first in the Ontario University Athletics finals, the men's soccer team will be making a trip on Thursday to Montreal for the CIS Championship. In their first game on Saturday, the Mustangs beat the McMaster Marauders 1-0.

They moved into the finals with confidence to defeat Waterloo 3-0. Scoring on penalty kicks for Western were Wes Vanderlinden, Jason De Thomasis, Michael Gebre-Marian and Paco Barnett. Goaltender Robert Caballero Jr. played solid in the two games, not giving the team's opponents any chances with his two shut-outs.


On Saturday, the women's lacrosse team met their match and lost to the Brock Badgers in their OUA quarter-final game. Unfortunately, the team will not be proceeding to the semi-final level of OUA competition.

-Alison Stolz




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