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Mustang briefs

The Mustangs football team was in tough against the third ranked McMaster Marauders on Saturday in Hamilton in front of a sellout Homecoming crowd.

Mustang turnovers were costly as they fell to the Marauders 63-35. On their first drive of the game quarterback Chris Hessel had his pass intercepted, which led to an early score for McMaster. By the end of the first quarter Western had made it close, trailing 10-7, but it was all McMaster after that.

Marauders running back Jesse Lumsden rushed for 288 yards and five touchdowns, four of them in the first half. It was his second consecutive game with over 200 yards rushing.

Western’s offense settled down and managed to put up more points against Mac than any team all season. Coming into the game McMaster had shutout four of their five opponents. However, Western’s defense wasn’t able to hold off the Marauders offense.

Western’s record now stands at 3-3 with two games left. Winning both those games will be important as they battle for home field advantage in the playoffs.

The Mustangs face the York Lions (2-4) on Saturday, then face the Guelph Gryphons the week after to wrap up the regular season.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams both competed in the 2003 Chicago Lakefront Cross Country Invitational in Chicago, Illinois. The tournament was filled with top NCAA schools.

The women’s team finished in eighth place, led by team captain Shannon Gerrie, who finished in fourth place overall with a personal best time of 17:32. Her time broke the Western record for the meet and she became just the fifth women to brake the 18 minute mark.

The men’s team finished 26th in a very tough field. Rob Berg was the top Mustang, finishing in 64th place with a time of 26:00.

The men’s rugby team pounded the Trent Excalibur 53-5 on Saturday to remain unbeaten. The team is in first place in Ontario University Athletics with a perfect 4-0 record.

They play a tough game against rival McMaster on Thursday. Through three games this season, McMaster is also unbeaten.

The women’s field hockey team won two out of their three weekend games. The team, ranked sixth nationally, lost their opening game to the Waterloo Warriors 1-0. They bounced back on Sunday defeating McGill 4-1 and Carleton 4-0.

Despite the loss, Western remains in first place in the OUA with record of 8-3.

—Ian Denomme
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