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Letters from the Edge:

Teeing Off
Alison Stolz

Sports Editor

Dear Male Western Athletes,

I know you're all extremely talented athletes and you've done well this season. Nevertheless, maybe you should consider taking some lessons from your female counterparts. Females have outwitted, outplayed and outlasted most of you this season -I just hope you recognize them for their contributions.

Let's start with soccer. The women had an outstanding season with a perfect 10-0 record. They've managed to score 45 goals with only three against. They are competing in the Ontario University Athletics Championship this weekend and will probably go to the nationals.

Boys, you've won quite a few games and you've made the semi-finals, but think about the numbers. You came in fourth in the OUA and seventh in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, both impressive marks. But the women were No. 1 in both.

The women's rugby team also had a perfect season -they won 100 per cent of their games while the men won 67 per cent. The women are currently in Alberta competing in the CIS championships. Kristen Ferguson was named the Divisional MVP and an OUA All-star for the second year in a row. Teammates Jen Kryszak, Sarah Vandergaast and 2002 CIS Rookie of the Year Barb Mervin also became OUA All-Stars. Even though rugby guys look great in short shorts, they haven't equaled the women's success yet.

Since men don't compete in field hockey at university, let's compare the women's field hockey squad to the football team. The field hockey team was sixth overall in the regular season and the ladies brought home a silver medal from the finals and will compete at the nationals.

Meanwhile, the football team ran into some bad luck against the Lancers: as we all know, the Mustangs were beaten by Windsor in the OUA quarter-finals. The worst part about it was that Windsor hadn? won a playoff game since 1975.

Then there's Shannon Gerrie. Gerrie recorded a personal best time of 17:25 in the 5 km run last weekend, winning a silver medal and being named an OUA All-Star for the second straight year. The women's cross-country team placed second in the OUA Championships and they've been ranked in Canada's top three all season. They'll finish in Moncton at the National Championships. The men, on the other hand, ranked fifth after the OUA championship and will not advance to the nationals.

The women's rowing team is second overall after the OUA finals; the men finished with a third place OUA title. The ladies placed high in most categories and will be heading out to British Columbia for the Canadian University Rowing Championships this weekend.

Finally, the women's golf team went undefeated this season as well. Western entered only one three-player team in the OUA championships but were able to win gold. Lindsay Edmunds won a sliver medal with a score of 155; closely behind was Lisa Volchoff, earning a bronze medal with 158. Mustang players also placed sixth, seventh and eighth.

In sum, the Mustang women had three undefeated seasons, countless OUA titles and medals and they are far from finished.

Just to quell any male frustration, I don't think poorly of any of the male varsity teams. You could all kick my ass in any sport and I realize many men's teams will win OUA medals and contend for national championships. However, I wanted to emphasize the success of the Mustang women this year. They are in the midst of winning titles and earning respect as you read this.

It seems the only major support for varsity teams is the numerous fans attending football games. Why pay $8 to see the football team lose a key playoff game when you can watch the women crush their opponents for free? It's entertaining, you can pre-drink and you can bring a flask to the game. Men of Western: you may like to ogle female athletes in uniform at their games, but you should realize they'l probably win, allowing you to actually celebrate a Mustangs victory.




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